Saturday, June 9, 2012


It feels like years have past since my last post. Oh wait, years actually have slid past me. I apologize for leaving my few loyal readers hanging and waiting for new material.

I am undecided about the next move for this blog. I may revamp things and merge it with my new website or I may just leave it to die. You can check out my new site, Nomad Fly Fishing by clicking the link in the side bar. You can also read about my new Montana Fly Fishing Guide Service if you are interested in trips.

I'll try to make a decision soon, your input is welcome.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Life is crazy. In the last 3 years I have moved from Reno to Colorado and back several times, then to Montana, now to Alaska for 3 months. Then I'll head back to Reno, visit Colorado and move somewhere else? Probably back to Montana at some point. Anyways, the blog will be dead while I am in the bush but expect a full report sometime in October!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

On the Move

I haven't posted for a while but hopefully I can start catching up. It has been a slow spring as far as the fishing goes but I have been sneaking in time on the local rivers and streams. The surges of rain, snow and snow melt have been keeping the rivers in check and making the windows of opportunity pretty small. Hopefully the runoff will clear soon so I can get busy on the water. Outside of fishing I have been hiking a ton and I made a trip to Yellowstone with a friend. Next week it will be Glacier with my family.

Until the water are a few pictures of small stream fish and Montana scenery.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bitterroot Cutthroats

Catching cutthroats on the surface seems to be about as good as it gets. Although I am accustomed to dredging weighted flies for the big boys, when the fish are looking up it is too hard to resist some dry fly action. After pegging a bunch of white fish on a nymph rig, the mayflies started popping and I put on a cripple just in time to see a fish rise. The group I was fishing with caught several nice cutties and few rainbows on the surface throughout the afternoon. We were 2 of 4 boats on the stretch of water and didn't see a single wade fisherman all day. Definitely one of the most productive days I have had since moving to Montana.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blog of Note

My roommate here in Lolo is getting in the guiding business. We were neighbors in Gunnison and guided together in Lake City for a bit. As a part of the guiding business, Nick is starting a blog. I would expect regular updates and some serious fish porn. The business is Five Valleys Fly Fishing but Nick's new site can be found at Montana Fishing Guide.
On another note. Our float trip down the Missouri went well. Nick rowed and I missed fish. It was windy as hell and we sailed through the entire float with the wind at our backs in about two hours. After a little hitch hiking we launched again and parked the boat in a nice looking area. The wind died and the fishing picked up while my shoulder collapsed and my casting reverted to beginner style. Nick caught several fish with the wind down and I tangled something horrible and watched a couple of random horses wallow in the mud. The Missouri is definitely an awesome place and I plan on doing some serious fishing on it this year.

A Few Pictures from the Missouri:

Nick with a 20" Brown

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Few From the Bitterroot

I've been fishing in short trips for the last week, mostly two or three hour outings but the river has been productive. The plan is to float the Missouri on Friday so expect a report from that trip. I have low expectations as I always do when fishing a new river but I have heard great things. Being only a two hour drive and home to some big browns I have a feeling it will become a regular stop on my multi-day fishing trips.

For now, here a few from the Bitterroot.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Back in Action

I'm back in action and after driving around the west with a half filled trailer I arrived in Lolo, Montana. I spent the first week unpacking and of course floating and wading the Clark Fork and the Bitterroot. After a week of settling and fishing, a few friends from Colorado barged in and decided Saint Patty's day should be celebrated for a week. We proceeded to fish nonchalantly on the Madison and Bitterroot while filling one apartment, two drift boats and a house with beer cans. Now that I'm in recovery I'll try to get back on the blog posts and hopefully start taking more pictures.

Madison River

There were a few midges out on the Madison.

Nick with a nice Madison rainbow.