Missoula, MT

There are a variety of reasons for which I have learned to love Missoula. The first and foremost is because of all the opportunities that Missoula offers to the outdoorsman. For starters there is enough quality trout water to keep even the most avid fishermen content, next there is unlimited hiking in any of the multiple wildernesses and national forests that border the city limits. Also let us not forget that amazing community life that Missoula is known for! Enjoy these pictures of Missoula and the surrounding areas.

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The view of the Higgins bridge and some of downtown Missoula.
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I enjoyed some night picture-taking in downtown Missoula.

Every great river town needs a few fly shops to please the fishermen. Missoula is home to 4 of some of the best (as well as many chains), my personal favorite is Grizzly Hackle.

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An excellent wader selection!
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I still have yet to purchase a fly from Grizzly.
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Ahhh the selection!
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Just some nice gear to drool over (that’s why they cover it in glass).

My most recent fishing trip landed a few quality ones, here is what my first cast did for me.

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A 17 inch brown trout.
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Sometimes I question whether I should just stay in bed.
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With spring just around the corner, I have begun planning some fishing trips to explore new areas.

One night I decided to drive to the Montana/Idaho border and take some star pictures. Unfortunately the moon was incredibly bright so I took some other interesting pictures. Enjoy!

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Northern lights? I am guessing not.
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I cannot imagine all the stars that would be visible if there was not a bright moon out.

Back Home

We returned home on Saturday. It was bittersweet: bitter for Wendell, sweet for Kenton, and both for me. I’ve been working through all of the photos and thought I would share a few more. We journeyed 6000 miles, hitting 12 gorgeous rivers and one lake. Now we’re on to editing all of the footage for our film. Check back for our short teaser next!

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Ominous weather in Wyoming
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Fishing small pockets along the raging Wood River
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Crystal clear water and vibrant stones on the North Fork Blackfoot River
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The Yellowstone gorge
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A curious Marten in Wyoming
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Swift waters of the Warm River
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Lupine bloomed in every meadow
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Nymphing was hot on the Gros Ventre river.
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The Gros Ventre river flowing below the Red Hills

 

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Ginkin’ up the dry fly
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New Fork Lake offered a few Rainbow Trout on the fly