Category Archives: Absinthe Lounge

New Feature in Big Sky Journal

I think most of you know that Angler’s Tonic and Fly Rod & Reel aren’t my only gigs. In fact, I write for many publications, a few being the New York Times, Sporting Goods Business and, recently, the Boone and … Continue reading

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Buy and Read Pulp Fly Volume Three

Some of these authors you may have heard of, some not. But these are the contributors to Michael Gracie’s newest Pulp Fly offering, words on fly fishing from people who actually think beyond the catch—Erin Block; Alex Landeen; Pete McDonald; Miles Nolte; Tom Reed; Tom … Continue reading

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Big R’s Online Magazine—December

The boys from Big R fly shop in Great Falls, Mont., run a pretty fine fly shop and they still get their hours on the water. That’s evidenced by BR’s most recent issue of their online magazine. The mag is … Continue reading

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Alaska’s Arctic Char and Peanut Butter

My hands were frigid in the icy Alaskan river, and things weren’t looking good for this finned, anadramous, Arctic char. Several minutes ago, swinging a 7-weight spey rod, heavy tip, and weighted flash fly, I dredged up the chrome toad, … Continue reading

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Willie’s Handcrafted Montana Moonshine

Just as I was leaving Ennis, Montana, after seven years, my neighbors sank their teeth into a big-time project—to finance and build a craft distillery in little old Ennis, right next to the banks of the Madison River. They got … Continue reading

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Classic Beer Commercial: Pabst

What can I say. It’s Friday, time to have some fun. I’ll be downtown tonight at the First Friday walk in Missoula. I’ll be looking for an ice-cold Pabst, but I won’t be looking for the rest of it. Hope … Continue reading

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Memories from Haida Gwaii

Thought I’d throw a little Monday morning photographic love your way and share some images from paradise. See, it’s February now, and in the Pacific Northwest that means the best steelhead of the year are about to arrive—native winter slabs … Continue reading

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Bigfoot Alert, Missouri River, Montana

Had I known this, I never would have been so eager to hit that right-at-dark summer caddis hatch that is so famous and productive on Montana’s Missouri River. Fact is, I wonder if it’s even safe to roam the streets … Continue reading

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Reasons to Fish This Winter. Because…

So, maybe you need a little incentive to get on the water this winter. You may have some snow on the ground, or it may be raining, but that’s no excuse not to be on the water. The fish are … Continue reading

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Brian O’Keefe: Free Lunch Grizzly Bar

Slinging on the Madison in the 1970s. By Brian O’Keefe I think it was ‘round 1978, I was doing a solo trip to Montana after guiding steelhead on the North Umpqua River in Oregon. Thousands of casts and a handful … Continue reading

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