The Professor’s Grip-n-Grin – Wait, That’s Not a Fish!

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The Professor came home from his Montana guys trip last night to discover that I had just received an advance copy of my book PADDLEFISH! He and Little Chick were so excited that I’ve hardly had a chance to get my own paws on it.   The printer has shipped the books (we have real [...]

Adios Montana


Until next time…

Unlike Judy Garland…

I am not over the rainbows. Still love ‘em. Caught this on the Missouri on this evening’s caddis hatch.



We have been back in Montana for about one week and while we have been on the water a bit, mostly we have been enjoying family, laughing a ton and eating extremely well. In terms of the fishing, highlights include: floating the Missouri with my new niece (the Professor’s niece) who tricked a few fish [...]

Brown is the New Black

We were in Montana for 2.5 weeks ready-to-wear the trout out, but record snowpack and high water were the big  statewide trend, limiting our runway to play. But with a little creative ingenuity we found fishable trout streams and uncovered some gems. The big buzz? Brown trout are all the rage this season.   and…..

I Can’t Fish. I Can’t Row.


The adrenalin rush of big browns eating big bugs was the only panancea that could ease the pain of the walking (nay fishing) wounded. The Professor has a vicious case of tendonitis in his elbow while I have lower back pain again. His hurts while playing fish, mine hurts pulling up the anchor. After catching [...]

Fork In The Road (spolier alert: we chose wisely)


Fork in the road–as in Henry’s Fork. With Montana rivers flooding their banks the Professor and I chose to venture down to the Henry’s Fork in Idaho for three or four days. Grey drakes and caddis were abundant but we really struck gold with the golden stones. Our power float the last day was epic.

Wooly Catches Mammoth


The Professor and I enjoyed a spectacular day spring creek fishing with friends Tammy & Eric in the Ruby Valley. Yall have heard me talk about Eric, he and Ryan own Sunrise Flyshop. When I have a computer and more time remind me to post pictures of the homemade “pate” that Eric concocted that tickled [...]

Lights, Camera, Spring Creek Action


I spent a very mellow, very enjoyable day at McCoy Spring Creeks with friend Steve Bielenberg and filmmaker Travis Lowe who is making a documentary about Montana spring creeks. I caught a handful of nice rainbows on caddis dries and a pmd emerger — the perfect way to kickoff summer ’11 in MT. ‘Paddlefish’ Book [...]

To Wind or Unwind, That Is The Question

It was the last day of our recent Montana trip and we found ourselves in an uncharacteristic debacle. Should we fish or not? We’d already had some great days on the Beaverhead and Big Hole and that last day was cloudy (great streamer fishing) and chilly (great streamer fishing) and super windy (ugh). The wind [...]

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