Montana Snaps
Jun28

Montana Snaps

Ah Montana.The name conjures up images of all things wild.Most think of the State as the last best place … in the lower 48.I’ll agree.It’s a place filled with Mountains,Prairres,Cowboys and Cowgirls,Smalltowns with cool Bars which (the bars ) come with the usual Montana Bar names such as  The Stockman,The Commercial,The Mint and The Angus. Since my first visit in 1993 I have been religiously going back to get my...

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Yellow Sallies: Fly-fishing’s Bastard Stonefly
Jun20

Yellow Sallies: Fly-fishing’s Bastard Stonefly

An oft-overlooked fly on many Western rivers is the Little Yellow Stonefly — more commonly known as the Yellow Sally. Its brethren the Little Green Stonefly, or Lime Sally, suffers the same fate: both tend to hatch sporadically and in localized clusters, and many fly fishers aren’t aware of their importance to feeding trout when the fish lock in on them. Certainly neither fly garners the same attention as the more glamorous...

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Exploring Small Streams
Jun18

Exploring Small Streams

For the last few years my “Montana Stop” has now included some exploration of the country side including searching out some small stream fishing.It’s led to some great new discoveries and although the fish are not as big or the creeks as fertile as the nearby Missouri River it provides an excellent crowd free experience with a very scenic backdrop. The creeks are perfect 4 weight water, and usually I can get by with...

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Kayak Fishing: Working Out While Chasing Trout
Jun09

Kayak Fishing: Working Out While Chasing Trout

Sometimes you just need to get away, and that’s what I did last month with my new fishing kayak. I took off to the B.C. Interior for 10 days. I haven’t seriously fished lakes for 10 years, but this spring I decided to change that, so I set out for the Roche Lake region south of Kamloops. The kayak is almost 14 feet long, and the bed of my RAM barely holds my prone body, so obviously I needed a solution. I found it in a...

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