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Minnesota driftwood that washed up in Montana.
Minnesota driftwood that washed up in Montana.

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A brief hiatus from our careers...
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller Liz and I have decided to accept some advice and take something of a temporary, mid-life retirement while we have the energy, patience, ability, a...

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Now accepting intangibles: Why I'm okay losing money to get published
The first 90 years or so, they go by pretty fast. Then one day, you wake up and you realize that you're not 81 anymore. And then you begin to count the minutes, rather than the days and you realize that pretty soon you'll be gone and that all you have, see,...

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Southwest Montana mountain lake notes for June 7, 2017
Current ice-out level: I don't think it's crazy to think that you could get to about 8,500 feet in the mountains around Southwest Montana right now. Of course it depends on many factors and is always a crapshoot, but Liz and I easily got to 7,800 feet a wee...

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Golden trout in May?
I can't really blame you if you thought I was full of shit - it is early. But you can start getting to some lower elevation mountain lakes in May. Some folks are convinced that this idea is pure horse pucky, like the fly-shop guy in Twin Bridges. "Where did...

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Road beers, anyone?
If you've lived or fished in Montana for any period of time, maybe you've heard of the fishing tradition known as "road beers." It refers to drinking a beer in the car or truck on the ride home. I'm not advocating it, not saying I've done it, and definitely...

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Cover Contest!
We need some help - we're seeking input on which cover we should use for my upcoming book! Our general criteria is to use an action shot and to have it be representative of the area covered. Vote in the poll on the right-hand side. Thanks for playing!  Opti...

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So this is happening...
Fish on a higher plane. Available May 2017. (I'm writing a book.) Montana's high country is the final frontier of the last best place, which is why Wilderness Adventures Press is bringing out this all-new guide to flyfishing the mountain lakes of southwest ...

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Cutts to the Core (or gill rakers, I guess)
Montana has two magnificent subspecies of cutthroat trout: Westslope and Yellowstone. Which would you rather have in the net? Click here to learn more about where these were caught.   The subtle differences: They are very difficult to tell apart based on ap...

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Ants, ants, Buggers, ants, twirl and repeat
In our first summer dedicated to fishing mountain lakes, we struggled . We found fishless lakes, were stymied by savvy cutthroat, and were left feeling a bit disenchanted. Whey duh f*^k are these supposed golden trout? But such struggles are often the prere...
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