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Best Montana Fly Fishing Trips—South Fork Flathead River

It’s time to start dreaming about the best summer fly fishing trips for 2020, and if we are limited to doing so within our state borders this year, I drew a good card—Montana offers a lifetime of fly-fishing adventure and … Continue reading

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Blow Up The Dams—Patagonia airs Dam Nation for Free on YouTube

As most of you know, dams are death to fish and it would be nice if we could get those barriers on Washington’s and Idaho’s Snake River out of the way. That would help to restore fish runs on the … Continue reading

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Get Bent To The Cork by American Angler, A Great Fly Fishing Newsletter

As most of you know I serve as American Angler’s editor in chief and put together six issues a year.  Currently I’m working on the July/August issue, which has a bunch of great stories, including one I’m writing about my … Continue reading

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The Angler’s Tonic Archive: Clearwater Steelhead and Labrador “Sleep”

Note: This story occurred several years ago. The two main characters, Shadow and Moose, are long gone. I’m on night one of a five-day trip to Idaho’s Clearwater River, an attempt to land and release as many of those big, meaty … Continue reading

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Mouse in The House—Protecting Your Fly Tying Materials

I guess this is why you don’t leave your fly tying materials in the garage, mostly unprotected by a cardboard shoe box. I remember thinking I should bring that box out of the garage and into the house, but somewhere … Continue reading

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Fly Fishing Through the Corona Crisis: Rock Creek, Montana

We’ve been told to stay at home, but we can access public lands. A mixed message for sure. All I know is that I can avoid all human contact if I just steer my truck to the river and hike … Continue reading

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Best Danner Hiking Boots for the Trail and the Street

I don’t like unboxing videos. And I don’t like reviews of products that simply announce their availability. That’s the easy way out. And I’ve done it when there’s no choice but to include products in a themed list of say, … Continue reading

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Doing Moab, Utah, During Corona Madness

I broke the law (well, not technically) before we all knew we’d be breaking the law if we left the safety of our homes and trekked to other locales for the spring break. Seeing as I only get a spring … Continue reading

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How to Can and Smoke Alaska Salmon, Family-Style

As you probably know, I’m a proponent of wild salmon, and that includes eating wild salmon to save wild salmon, the theory being, if there isn’t economic value to the fish, our elected leaders won’t do a damn thing to … Continue reading

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New Dog, New Day on Western Montana’s Rock Creek

Weatherwoman said sixty-something today in western Montana, which is absurdly warm for this time of the year. So, I threw responsibility down the tube, called a friend and said, “Rock Creek today.” Neither one of us was totally irresponsible—we both … Continue reading

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