Category Archives: Northern Rockies

Adventure: The Wind Rivers and 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 tent and a down sleeping bag kept me alive, but a trio of … Continue reading

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Best Offroad Tires for Hunting and Fishing

Summer is here and that means fall is quickly to come, and most of us will be out on the land fishing and hunting through it all. We may be restricted to our home waters and state borders—for the most … Continue reading

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Best Lake Fishing Tactics: Trolling Flies for Montana Trout

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Launched the boat the other day, rowed 50 yards away from the put-in and was stripping line from the reel when it dug into a gap in my old prototype Hatch and … Continue reading

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Kelly Galloup’s Favorite Streamer Flies

The water is up this weekend and some rivers probably aren’t fishable at this time. Others will be on the marginal side, but may offer some opportunities to fish streamers. All you need is a foot or two of visibility … Continue reading

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All Time 10 Best Fly-Fishing Nymphs for the Rocky Mountains

Opinions on the greatest nymphs of all time are as ubiquitous as the people who now fish them. In fact, over time nymphs have only gained popularity as anglers learn that trout conduct 90 percent of their feeding under the … Continue reading

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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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Wild Dean River, British Columbia Steelhead: Why They’re Worth The Effort

Thought I would share this photo of a wild Dean River steelhead, as inspiration to get out over the weekend, where allowed, cast a line and find a little me time on the water. That’s what I did last summer, … 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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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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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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