Category Archives: Backcountry

Southern Boys Getting Northern…or How To Fly Fish

Had the southerly crew up for the weekend, my friends from LA and Phoenix who needed a good dose of Montana Time. They flew in Friday a.m. and by early afternoon they were hooking up with bass and

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Summer Storms and Fishing in Lightning

In 1996 I had a lightning bolt hit the ground about 10 yards from where I was walking. I thought I took a direct hit because the noise was so violent and I felt a jolt in my left foot. … Continue reading

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Montana Cutthroat Fly Fishing Commando Mission

Last week. Lots of options. The water rolling high in some places, perfect in others. North Idaho? The Big Hole? West Fork of the Bitterroot? Where to go with so many options? That was the question I had in my … Continue reading

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Fishing Montana’s High Mountain Lakes

You can’t get into all the West’s mountain lakes right now, but most of them below 8,000 feet are accessible, free of ice, and offering eager cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout. A few lakes also hold golden trout, which are … Continue reading

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The Mount Jumbo Stumble

Things were going well today.  A last couple hours with the girls before they head out with their mom for eight days. They’ve got a three-hour drive ahead of them so I decided to wear them out a little. I … Continue reading

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Small Stream Fishing in Montana

This is how it goes. You get an e-mail from a friend in Butte. He says he’s off work at five and that the upper Clark Fork looks good. He caught a few fish on dries there the night prior, … Continue reading

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Angler’s Tonic in Resurrection Bay

Happy fathers day to all you dads out there. You know as well as I do that our jobs as fathers and our opportunity to develop young people is the most rewarding aspect of our lives. And the most difficult, … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: surviving a spring steelhead assault on Alaska’s Taku River

Editor’s note: As many of you know, longtime friend and Tonic patron Kent Sullivan is the most adventurous angler I know. He’s shared some of his experiences here on Tonic and I’ve also detailed some of the craziness that he … Continue reading

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Ned’s Dead

A backpack trip into north Idaho’s cutthroat and bull trout bastion brings humor and grief, via an unexpected surprise in wading boots. Note: I gave a presentation last night to the Fly Fisher’s of the Bitterroot Club in Hamilton, Montana … Continue reading

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Bull Trout on the Skagit

You only need a minute and forty-six seconds to take a lungful of air and refresh your late Monday attitude. This short is from Travis Lowe, our Canadian brother who owns Cinema Digital Production. I’ve fished the Skagit, where these … Continue reading

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