The Internet Ate My Blog

Earlier this week I wrote wrote an incredible blog saturated with life changing content for all readers lucky enough to get the brief chance to peak at its wisdom. Then the internet ate my blog. All content was lost when a DNS server migration went awry. At least that’s what the tech guys said. But Read More »

Twilight Steelhead

Money and time was the debt.  I had borrowed too much of one and not spent enough of the other over the last year.  I accepted when John offered to forgive those amounts via a short trip to our far north west coast. He demanded we travel there in the winter. I didn’t want to go. Read More »

Dead Hoots

A raft with three men illegally pulled into the unusually not busy boat ramp with two laughing anglers at 4:47. The third man on the oars was bellowing right along with them.  I was eating lunch leftovers of cold hard boiled eggs in the shade.  The voyeurism was welcome. The broad chested man on the Read More »

Photo Essay Bitterroot River Montana

I recommend going outside. It will be cold. Start a fire, laugh, fish a little.  If you are lucky you will have some unexpected adventures show up. Bring some friends because an extra set of hands can be helpful. If the day lays out perfectly you will encounter a few fish.  They will be worth Read More »

Winter Laughs

Bitterroot River Montana December 2018 Fishing – Sort Of The pace of a Missoula fishing guide’s life slows down quite a bit in the winter.  Most of us take on odd jobs while our rivers sleep. We do watch the Missoula weather and the magic number we like is a winter day over 40 degrees Read More »

Slice of River Life – Missoula Montana Guide Brooks Jessen I have worked with Missoula fly fishing guide Brooks Jessen on water and in field for two decades.  He became a fishing guide on almost the same day I did. He is a true veteran of the outdoors. As a guide’s career wears on he Read More »

Bitterroot 9 degrees – Photo Essay

Bitterroot River Montana – 9 Degrees Frigid dry dawns have been the recycling outcome of winter’s low rising sun.  The clogging slog of warm wet blizzards that wanted to take over our Missoula Montana winter a few weeks ago have given way to lazer cold. The biting ice is entrepreneurial in its drive to erase Read More »

Winter on the Blackfoot  – Photo Essay

Montana’s Winter : Blackfoot River I like the Blackfoot River the most and the least.  The latter is not her fault. Quiet winter weekday hikes remind me to favor her more. I wince when the summer waves of boats are aggressively mining her generous naive small fish population while inebriated tubers treat here like a Read More »

Wrapping Up The Season – Photo Essay

Missoula Fly Fishing : Photos, Season Wrap I took some time off lately to hunt, fish, sleep, think, and digest the Missoula fly fishing season. We had been running boats everyday since the beginning in March of 2018. In the early days of my guiding career  it was just me and boat.  Anglers would show Read More »

Montana has an initiative on the ballot this Nov. 2nd that would further protect our waterways. I hope we keep a long term view of resource management and protect our rivers from irresponsible mining practices that endanger our irreplaceable public resources.