Smallmouth along the Bronzeback Byway: Chapter 1

A smallmouth river at dawn

The smallmouth bass of the north woods are calling and I must go… Wildfire Refugee I left Missoula in a huff with smallmouth bass on the brain. Lingering smoke and heat had spoiled our precious summer and I’d been out in the elements, guiding clients through the putrid haze. Our ample snowpack was long gone,…

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Breaking News!!!! Emergency Steelhead Closure in Columbia Basin

Deschutes River Closed

Low returns prompt ODFW to close recreational angling for steelhead on Deschutes and John Day rivers Effective September 1 On Friday, 8/27, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced an emergency steelhead closure in the Columbia Basin. Beginning September 1st a portion of the Deschutes, the region’s premiere summer steelhead fishery, will be closed…

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Guide Flies

Best Trout Guide Flies

Three easy patterns that fulfill most needs of a Montana flyfishing guide Guide flies This is difficult to admit but I have a problem, a disorder, really, that has plagued me since I first grasped a bobbin and thread…I’m a fly hoarder. Within a waterproof bag I have a loosely organized stack of individual fly…

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Sharks in the Shallows; Adventures in Pike on the Fly

montana pike fishing

A lost dog, a problematic motor, teenagers on bath salts, and a knee-trembling encounter with a leviathan Our 13-year old Brittany, Skookum, picked a helluva’ time to go walkabout. Locked and loaded for pike camp, I’d just dropped our son off at school and swung by the hardware store to grab a proper net, when…

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