Madison Sunset

Back on the Madison River

Nearly three months of Montana and it is beginning to feel like the end is near. I'm back on the water I started at, The 50 Mile Riffle. If I were to do it over from the start I would have been up here at the beginning of June at the latest.  It seems like … Continue reading Back on the Madison River

Madison River Sunset

Chasing Bugs on the Madison

When I started my fly fishing adventure in 2015, I did not have any particular goals or targets in mind, beyond spending time on some iconic waters of the West.  In total that year I fished 57 distinct bodies of water, including the visit to Florida at the end. I've stumbled across seasonal highlights without … Continue reading Chasing Bugs on the Madison

Sunset on the Henry's Fork

Seven Hours at Last Chance

Seven hours walking along the banks of the Henry's Fork, standing in the current, looking at bugs and birds.  Almost nothing was going on in the water, until a explosion of action for 15 minutes or so nearing sunset.  Huge drakes popping off the water and fish gulping them down all around me, while rain … Continue reading Seven Hours at Last Chance

Smith Lake, Nevada

Starting the Fourth Year on the Road

It was April in 2015 that I left my job and headed out on the road towards unknown destinations. As I am getting ready to take off again for new unknowns, I thought I'd take a look back at those first weeks on the road. It took longer than I had anticipated to prepare my … Continue reading Starting the Fourth Year on the Road

BWO Baetis

Cheesman Olives

In June of 2016, I hiked down into Cheesman Canyon to fish that stretch of the South Platte River in Colorado. Cheesman is known as a tricky body of water with "well educated" fish, fish that have seen every fly flung by many of the best anglers in the business. I do not typically enjoy … Continue reading Cheesman Olives

The Redington Crosswater Fish

Yesterday's post mentioned some of the fish I caught on this rod, and I thought I would just share some photos today. The rod first saw use in the California surf, trying for surf perch, but that didn't work out. It's next use was in Nevada, trying for carp in a nearly dried out reservoir. … Continue reading The Redington Crosswater Fish

Broken Eagle CLaw

Broken Rods, Unbroken Hope

When I learned that I was going to be able to shack up at the Golden Gate Trailer Park for the winter of 2017/2018, I was stoked to explore a small fishery that I had failed to take advantage of in the eleven years I previously lived in the area.  GGTP is maybe a quarter … Continue reading Broken Rods, Unbroken Hope