Category Archives: Backcountry

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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Chasing Wolverines in the Madison Range

Dead elk, pissed off vets, and climbing in wolverine dens. Not for the meak. Standing near the top of a 10,000-foot mountain in south- west Montana, I found an elk calf carcass, decapitated with a leg ripped from the hip … Continue reading

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Trout Saturation, Wyoming’s Wind River Range

Too much trout and a poached Baby Ruth lead to a Mexi-shack miracle. The last time I tried to survive on trout for a week, a major summer storm blew into the mountains and temperatures dropped below freezing. A three-season … Continue reading

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Montana’s South Fork Flathead River

Getting Wild on Montana’s South Fork Flathead My forest of fly-fishing friends is thinning. It’s as if some cut-and-run logging company waltzed into Montana and whacked them down at the knees. These days when I propose a fishing trip they … Continue reading

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Ned’s Dead

A North Idaho Near Disaster Backpack trips into remote trout streams are usually about having too much stuff—too much food, too many pairs of underwear,

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October Caddis on Idaho’s Kelly Creek

I am not afraid to admit my interest in tailwater streams and large rainbow and brown trout, but cutthroat trout, especially the west-slope cutthroat, are a rare breed and I give them full respect, especially when chasing that beautiful fish … Continue reading

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