Category Archives: Montana

Fall On Western Montana’s Rock Creek

There aren’t enough September’s in a guy’s life. It’s the best month of the year, by far. Bird seasons are open, archery for elk, too. Big bulls ripping up trees and barking at their cows. Call one in, feel your … Continue reading

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TRCP and On X Maps Team Up for Public Lands

Two great Missoula, Montana-based groups are backing this effort, one being the Theadore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the other being On X Maps. I’ve encountered this situation—of not being able to get at public land because it’s surrounded by private … Continue reading

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Quick Turnaround at North 40 Outfitters

I’ve been a little delinquent with Tonic over the past year or so, but I’m making a new effort to keep you abreast of my observations in the West and beyond. Part of my new commitment is having the time … Continue reading

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Slough Monsters: Spring is Prime For Montana’s Northern Pike

Had some fun putting this video together for Field & Stream and its Facebook page, Hookshots. This vid serves as a reminder that pike fishing is an option while most of our area waters are running high and fast. In

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Western Montana Pike

I was able to sneak out for a few hours the other day, to ply Montana’s rivers for northern pike, which invaded these systems 20 years ago. To catch pike you have to row past a bunch of trout and … Continue reading

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Hucks and Cutts: July Is Go Time

The old rule of thumb in northern Idaho, western Montana and southeast British Columbia said you can fish just about any cutthroat creek, after the Fourth of July. Showing up earlier meant you might be limited by high water. But … Continue reading

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Southwest Montana Spring Brown

You can get great dry fly fishing during spring in southwest Montana, but this time of year always screams streamers and brown trout under snowcapped peaks with brilliant green lining the foothills and river corridors. It really is the prettiest … Continue reading

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Montana Wild Filmakers Busted By FWP, NFS

A well-known local film company is in hot water for not following laws in film and fishing while shooting a piece on fly fishing for Montana’s bull trout, which is only legal on a few waters in the state. After … Continue reading

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Caddis and Baetis Declines on Montana’s Missouri River

None of what you are about to read should arrive as a surprise, as hatches do shift in strength over time. That’s been the case on Idaho’s Silver Creek, ditto on Montana’s Big Horn, and now on the Missouri River. … Continue reading

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Montana Adopts Mandatory Kill on Walleye

I know there are a lot of guys out there who like fishing for walleye and there are probably a lot more who just like eating them. My experience with walleye is that they don’t like to eat flies, they … Continue reading

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