Episode 255: Reflections on a Montana Fly Fishing Trip

It’s September, and often during this month we find a way for our annual Montana fly fishing trip. It was fitting that in a year like 2020, there were some strange moments.

In this episode, we discuss a series of “rapid fire” topics from our Montana fly fishing trip in a not-so-rapid-fire manner. One odd part of the trip was the dramatic temperature drop from a hundred degrees a day or so before we arrived to 48 degrees on Labor Day, the day we arrived. The fly fishing was good (not great), but the trip itself was a great memory.


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3 Replies to “Episode 255: Reflections on a Montana Fly Fishing Trip”

  1. Good morning,
    I am not certain of the number nor the name of the podcast in which you and Dave reference back to where a Flyfisher drowned in the river and how you had to go back to that spot. I believe it was an earlier podcast in which you concentrate on the safety aspects of flyfishing.

    As we all know getting older stinks. The prospects of wading through deeper and faster water just to get that 20 inch brown start to slowly fade without notice. Two little tidbits I will pass along perhaps may save yours or someone’s life however young or old. As you all have done, I have finished Canada Montana and Wyoming my entire life. As I am now in the golden years which is overrated one tidbit I can share with you and your listeners is the fact of necessity of carrying a satellite phone. My wife and I were doing a tourist trip to Yellowstone one year where we came upon a group of people around an individual who must’ve been rock hopping and slipped hitting the back of her head. My first thought was to dial 911 and as I looked at my phone I realized I didn’t have a signal. We pulled over and saw the situation was well in hand as there was an person that did have a satellite phone and already alerted the authorities. From that day on no matter where I fish far from home I won’t risk not having a signal. As we later found out the person who fell would be fine yet I sometimes wonder had that other person not been there with the satellite phone would the outcome have been different. There’re relatively inexpensive and I believe you can actually rent them but the cost is insignificant when you think of what would happen had you not had that phone.

    The other little piece of information I can’t take credit for but it has helped me numerous times in retrieving a fly from a tree as well as making wading a river just that much safer was shown to me by an older gentleman when I was fishing in British Columbia. I thought it was a novel idea to share. What what he did was secure an ordinary wall coat hook to the bottom of his wading staff so that the hook was facing up. Should you take a dunking, and we all have, this inverted coat hook just gives you the ability to reach out possibly grab a root or branch and give you that split-second edge to pull yourself from the river resulting in a bad day being a good day. I know this is a long winded post so feel free to edit yet as I listen and dust off my memory I wonder how many of your listeners who may no longer be able to fish recall similar instances and the smiles you bring to their faces. As long as the government still hasn’t found a way to tax memories keep up the great work as I am certain they are enjoyed by many. Wealth is not measured in money.
    Your friend an an avid listener,

  2. Very fun reflections on your Labor Day trip! I’m heading to Bozeman with my father in mid-October, so am hoping to enjoy a little late-fall fishing … which I know can be challenging. Any tips or resources you can provide would be much appreciated.

    I also appreciate the tip about the Crust and Crumb. My father is an avid “breakfast out” guy, so we will certainly make the short hike over the pass for breakfast. As father Maclean says, “Ahh … fuel for the body.” One cannot reasonably flyfish without a good scone or order of biscuits and gravy!

  3. Hey guys,

    We’re headed to Yellowstone next year (June 2021) for a family vacation. We’ll be in the area for about 10 days, and I’ve been given clearance to dedicate one day to a guided fishing trip. I can go anywhere, but there are so many choices; Yellowstone, Gallatin, Snake River, Henry’s Fork, there are too many choices for someone making, perhaps, their life’s only trip to the area. I know you guys have fished the area a lot, so I was wondering what you would recommend.

    The other days are not completely fishing free, it’s just that I’ll only have about 30 minutes here and there to drop a fly.

    Thanks in advance. I love the show, and I hope you guys are well.

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