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Letter from the Editor,

If you’ve been keeping tabs on the scene here in Montana, you already know the story. Pick a river, and chances

are good it’s under “Hoot Owl” restrictions. Winter’s low snowfall, coupled with the warmest and driest June

on record have many of the state’s watersheds running about half of normal. Yes, there’s still fishing to be had in

this great state of ours; you just have to know where to find it. Although not entirely by design, this issue is a bit

leaner than some we’ve run in the past. That almost seems fitting given our thin water situations. Despite being

a bit on the thin side, I hope you’ll agree there’s good content here and sitting down with this issue is well worth

your time.

George Kalantzes, whose work graced our cover last issue, starts things off with his photo essay, “Chasing Tugs &

Slinging Bugs.” If you’re not familiar with George’s work and his style, you’ll be impress to know that many of his

images are self-portraits. Yes, that’s him casting in some of those photos. As another visual treat in this issue, I’m

excited to share an interview with A.D. Maddox, an artist whose work I’ve admired for years and feel privileged

to have gotten to know. A.D. was also kind enough to provide this issue’s cover image.

For those of you looking to travel, Jon Covich takes us abroad to explore new fishing possibilities in Destination:

Cuba. Jon is very knowledgeable about the area and how to fish it, and his ability to share those things through

his words and photography is second to none.

For those looking to explore something closer to home, self-proclaimed beer geek and fly-fisherwoman Jesse

Bussard combines her love of those two worlds in “A Trout Bum’s Guide to Montana’s Craft Beer,” a road map, if

you will, of a select group of fly-fishing centric breweries and their offerings.

Sandy Pittendrigh joins us once again with “Halford’s Ghost,” a story he wrote back in the early 90’s about fishing

with Greg Lemond and his wife, and how an unlikely fly pattern saved the trip. And speaking of saving a trip,

T.E. Lewis has some valuable advice from his book “Float Smart,” for those of you new to pontoon boating.

Lean as it is, I hope you enjoy the issue we’ve prepared for you. And if you find something here you really enjoy,

please take a few moments to contact the contributors and let know. I couldn’t do it without them.

Sincerely,

-Ehren Wells

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James Hays, George Kalantzes,

T.E. Lewis,

Sandy Pittendrigh

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Destination: Cuba

MONTANA

-Jon Covich

Fly Fishing MAGAZINE

Let Float Smart Be Your Guide

-T. E. Lewis

Volume 4 Issue 3 Summer 2015

A Trout Bum’s Guide to Montana’s Craft

Beers

-Jesse Bussard

Destination: Cuba

-Jon Covich

Let Chasing Float Tugs Smart & Be Slinging Your Guide Bugs

-T. -Photography E. Lewis by George Kalantzes

A Artist Trout Spotlight: Bum’s Guide A.D. Maddox to Montana’s Craft

Beers -Ehren Wells

-Jesse Bussard

Destination: Cuba

-Jon Covich

A Trout Bum’s Guide to Montana’s Craft Beer

-Jesse Bussard


Halford’s Ghost

-Written by Sandy Pittendrigh

Illustrated by James Hays

Let Float Smart Be Your Guide

-T. E. Lewis

Gear Reviews

Cover Image: “Yellowstone Cutty” by A.D. Maddox This page: Ehren Wells


_____

CHASING TUGS

&

_____

SLINGING BUGS

Photography by George Kalantzes


“Rise Series #8”


Artist’s Spotlight:

A.D. MADDOX

Interview by Ehren Wells

A.D. Maddox is a self-taught painter with a style all her own. Her work

can be found in fly shops and fly-fishing literature throughout the world. In

addition to being this issue’s cover artist, A.D. agreed to share a few of her

images and to answer a few questions, offering a glimpse into the life of one of

the world’s leading fly-fishing artists.

How did you get into painting, and when did you decide to pursue it as

a career?

I’ve always been painting for as

long as I can remember. The

earliest memory was when I was 4.

I came from a very artistic family

and my mother encouraged all

facets of creativity. The easiest for

me was painting and the most fun

as it was very messy. :)

It seems to me that the paintings

you’re most known for are

vibrant, close-up surface-action

scenes of trout feeding or in the

midst of a fight. What motivated

you to focus on that perspective,

and how would you say you

became such a master of it?

A.D. Maddox in her studio working on

“Yellowstone Cutty,” also this issue’s cover.

Photo: Brandon Jackson


Great question! I don’t like painting the traditional profile shots. They’ve

been done. I like big challenges and capturing the trout eye-level in the

water is dynamic. It’s a very difficult photograph to take and some do it

quite well. I had to stage many of my shots to capture the Rise Series. Now

I’m shooting eye-level photos and adding the water with my imagination

so the pieces are technical in design as well as painting the effects of the

water with the trout.

“Firehole Rise”

How kind of you to call me a master at what I do but the only way I’ve

gotten where I am is practice and lots of it. It takes a certain amount of

determination to hone these pieces through their various ugly stages until

finally they’re right where I want them to be. I don’t stop on a piece until it’s

nailed!


“Bend in the Stone”

“Not Over Yet”


I see on your website that you also like to change focus and paint flies or

place the fisherman in the scene. What is your process as you decide to

paint a particular fish or scene?

It’s all about what I feel like painting and what visuals I have. I paint in

batches so I’ll do a good number of flies then on to the technical trout in

the water... then breathe with some trout skins. So I pace myself. I like to

have a variety of pieces for my clients.

“Red Hothead Copper I”

Tell me a little about how living in Nashville and Jackson, Wyoming

–two places that to me seem almost complete opposites of each other—

and how your experiences in those places have influenced your work.

I reached a point in my life where I wanted to live in the chaos of a city

and around lots of people. I find the energy exhilarating! So it’s affected

my work in that I produce more because there’s so much to do. You know

the old adage... if you want something done... give it to a busy person. I

miss Jackson as it was the key influence in what I chose to paint and the

people there are amazing but there’s an airport right down the road, and I

use it quite often.


“Threading the One”


What is “bug-gut” art, and how did you come up with that idea?

I felt guilty that I was riding my motorcycle all the time and not producing,

so I came up with this wicked idea that I could smash bugs and make art

while I was playing on the bike. “Smash the Hatch” was the series and it

created quite a scene. I thought what I was doing was hilarious! People who

know me just say “she’s doing another AD.”

Bug-gut art is an extreme example, but how often do you use

unconventional methods in your paintings?

Yes I think Bug-Art was extreme but genius! I never took art classes

outside of high school so I had to create my own painting tech. I don’t

really have another method to compare. I would say it’s conventional in

that I put the hours in with a brush and mix my own paints. But I might

have some new wild pieces up my sleeve for later.

Close-up photo of “Holy Hatch Hit,” seen on the right.


You seem like a busy person. In addition to painting and fulfilling your

corporate agreements, you also participate in fundraisers, maintain a

website and a number of social media accounts, where you invite fans to

inspire you with photos of their fly-fishing experiences. How important

is social media to your work as a fly-fishing artist, and how has it

influenced what you do?

Social media is PR. I have a responsibility to let my fans know what I’m

doing and creating. All this interaction with my public drives me to create

faster. I’m so grateful to be connected with people who love my work...

It’s really exciting! I also have a team of wonderful people that help me in

various areas so I can stay in touch with everyone, paint and fly to events.

Do you ever get “painter’s block?”

Never. I’m very lucky in that regard. There’s a ritual I do to set-up the easel

space then it’s go time!

What is your favorite painting you’ve done?

Oh, that’s a touchy one! My favorites rotate. It’s usually the one I just signed

on the easel. And in this case it’s “Yellowstone Cutty!”

Is there anything you’ve been dying to paint but haven’t gotten around

to?

Yes! A Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon!!!

What’s next for you as a painter? Do you have any special projects you’re

working on, or any events coming up where people can view your work?

Yes! I will be at iCast in Orlando mid July, Jackson Hole One Fly this Fall,

Sundance’s Fly Fishing Festival in Sept. and Harpeth River Watershed


Association’s River Swing October 3rd here in Nashville... I’ll have a bass

piece for auction.

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To view more of A.D.’s fine art, visit her website: admaddox.com

“Rise Series #10”


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Destination:

Words and photos by Jon Covich


Cuba

It’s mid-February, and a trout

angler living near the banks of the

Yellowstone River looks out his

window to watch the ice continue to

build on the riverbank. In Washington,

a Spey fisherman has just spent another

rainy day searching for steelhead on the

Olympic Peninsula. And in Colorado, a

fish bum glances wistfully at the fly rods

leaning in the corner of his house as he

leaves for a day of skiing.

For hardcore flyfish-aholics, winter in

the American West can seem neverending.

There is a physical need among

these anglers to feel a rod bend, to

watch a fly line unfurl over flat water, or

to watch a fish sip emerging midges in a

back-eddy.

When fly fishing burgeoned into an

important American pastime, the

impatience of anglers waiting for the

spring thaw created much of today’s

important fishing travel market. Many

fly anglers now escape winter on the

saltwater flats of Christmas Island,

Mexico, or the Bahamas, or venture to

the Southern Hemisphere to pursue

trout in the opposing summer.


New destinations seem to pop up every couple of years. Not that long

ago the Seychelles became a hot travel spot. And new areas in Mexico

and Central America each year are explored and then visited by groups

of traveling anglers. But for American fly anglers in the know, an island

famous for cigars and mojitos has been in the back of their minds. They

have heard the stories, and even seen articles where lucky travelers talked

about this having some of the best saltwater fishing on the planet. Among

friends they wondered, “when are we going to get to go to Cuba?!”

The truth is, much of the world has been able to fish Cuba. With the

breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, Cuba’s main source of

trade and money dried up. The Cuban government actively sought out

countries willing to come to Cuba to invest, and with those investments

came European and Canadian tourists. Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers

opened as a joint venture with the Cuban government in the mid nineties,

in the southern archipelago of islands known as The Queen’s Gardens

(Jardines de la Reina). Since then, Avalon has opened three other areas for

fishing. They have also put in place some 6 luxury yachts that are used as

accommodations for groups of anglers, scuba divers, and eco-tourists.

Most people know that the United States has had a fifty year long trade

embargo with Cuba. Although not technically illegal for US citizens to

travel to Cuba, the embargo made it difficult, as spending money in Cuba

or with Cuban companies violated the law. Some Americans were willing

to risk it and travel under the radar, but most people stayed home to dream

of the day when things changed. Change seems to be in the air. Under

the Obama administration, groups have been allowed to travel to Cuba

under person-to-person licenses, as a way of fostering understanding

between the American and Cuban people. Only a few months ago, the

president announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba. That simple

announcement has American anglers drooling and lining up to book trips

to this long-forbidden island.


Great permit and bonefishing exist at Cayo Cruz year round.


Recognized as one of the best preserved marine environments on planet

Earth, JDR enjoys great bonefishing, shots at the elusive permit, and both

resident and migratory tarpon.


As mentioned previously, Avalon controls nearly all the fly fishing

destinations in Cuba. Anglers currently have four different areas where

they can choose to fish, each being distinctly different in habitat and

offerings. Jardines de la Reina is the most famous, and for good reason.

Strictly controlled, this 140-mile-long archipelago is off limits to all but a

few catch-and-release anglers, scuba divers, and eco tourists. Recognized

as one of the best preserved marine environments on planet Earth, JDR

enjoys great bonefishing, shots at the elusive permit, and both resident

and migratory tarpon.

Island of the Youths (Isla de la Juventud) is the largest of the nearly 4000

islands around the Cuban mainland, well known for its phenomenal

tarpon fishing. Here, guests choose either land-based accommodations

or stay on live-aboard boats. To the east of Island of the Youths is Cayo

Largo. A resort island, popular with sun seeking tourists the world over,

visiting anglers typically stay in an all-inclusive resort.


With many wadable flats, bonefishing here is fantastic. But most famous

are the many Permit that feed in the company of Rays, and that are very

susceptible to a well-presented fly. Avalon’s only operation on Cuba’s north

coast is Cayo Cruz. Until this year guests only stayed on-shore, but this

year have the option for a live aboard yacht during the height of the Tarpon

migration. Cayo Cruz borders the pathway of the Bahamas Channel, and

big Tarpon are available during the Spring and Summer. Great permit and

bonefishing exist at Cayo Cruz year-round.

Of course, there is more to Cuba than just the opportunity at worldclass

fly fishing. Life in Cuba is a fascinating, eye-opening experience for

American travelers. Almost everyone has seen photos of Havana, a once

majestic city now seemingly crumbling under the weight of Communism.

Cubans are poor by almost any standard, making only $10-$20 a month

in wages. Small luxuries are difficult to come by, and people are incredibly

inventive in finding ways to make do with what they have. But Americans

are always surprised by how educated most Cubans are and by how proud

they are of their country and of the revolution. They are, however, eager

for change, and ever hopeful. Hopeful that a renewed relationship with

the United States, and an influx of American tourists will make their lives

better.


Americans could do well to learn from the Cuban people. Cubans are

incredibly social, and spend much of their time with family and friends,

socializing, and listening to or making music. Life in Cuba is lived out of

doors, away from computer screens and the internet. A glimpse of this life

makes us as Americans more humble, more hopeful, and more grateful.

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For more information on Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers, visit

http://avalonoutdoor.com

Jon Covich has been going to Cuba since the late 1990’s,

and has recently started his own travel business aimed at

bringing American anglers to Cuba. Check out his website

at www.cubafishingoutfitters.com or contact him at

206.579.9342.


A Trout Bum’s Guide to

Montana Craft Beer

By Jesse Bussard

Montana is known to many as a fly-fishing Mecca. World-class blueribbon

trout streams pepper the state and we have some of the best

stream access laws in the country. It’s no wonder why so many anglers,

including myself choose to put our roots down here.

Similarly, Big Sky Country is quick becoming a premiere destination for

quality craft beer. With 58 breweries currently in operation across the

state and another 5 in planning, Montana’s craft beer culture is strong

and growing. The Montana Brewers Association estimates the state’s

craft breweries produce 140,000 barrels or 4.3 million gallons of beer

annually and generate nearly $36 million in state revenue.

Montana fly fishermen have caught on to these facts and, like fish to

water, are coming to appreciate the local libations brewers are offering

up. Whether its beers on the boat, a cold drink after a long hike to fish

a backcountry lake, or a stop at the taproom on the way home from the

river, Montana craft beer is accessible, portable, and readily available to

anglers in a variety of canned, bottled, and refillable forms.

Given my background as a homebrewer, beer geek, and aspiring trout

bum, Montana Fly Fishing Magazine asked me to offer up some rivercraft

brewery pairings to help make the beer decision-making process a

little easier. While this list is far from complete, what follows is an eastto-west

rundown of four well-known Montana rivers and nearby craft

breweries which offer up beer options to please everyone from craft beer

newbies to the most discerning of beer connoisseurs.


The Montana Brewery Association Members

25

Eureka

Kootenai River

Libby

16

41

Kalispell

Lakeside

Hamilton

Polson

National

Bison Range

Clark Fork River

29

10, 47

26

Bitterroot River

Lolo

11, 23

Whitefish

Columbia Falls

Flathead

Lake

Missoula

Stevensville

Darby

Bigfork

8, 24

3

2

21

4, 19

22

GLACIER

NATIONAL

PARK

Philipsburg

38

Blackfoot River

Deer Lodge

20

Dillon

5

Butte

15, 18

35, 39

Jefferson River

Shelby

Golden

Triangle

Area

28, 42

Helena

Canyon Ferry

Reservoir

7

Big Sky

9

Great Falls

30

Belgrade

Bozeman

1, 12

13, 31

37, 46

Gallatin River

Black Eagle

33, 43

Belt

27, 36

Livingston

44

Missouri River

x Granite Peak

(elev. 12,799)

Havre

Lewistown

Musselshell River

40

Red Lodge

Milk River

Laurel

Malta

17, 45

Billings

Bighorn River

14

Fort Peck

Lake

Glasgow

Little Bighorn

Battlefield

National Monument

Wolf Point

Missouri River

Yellowstone River

34

Glendive

Miles City

Sidney

32

Wibaux

5

Madison River

YELLOWSTONE

NATIONAL

PARK

This image and subsequent map images courtesy

of Montana Brewer’s Association

Bighorn River

Approximately 60 miles southwest

of the confluence of the Bighorn and

Yellowstone Rivers is Billings, Montana,

the closest major urban hub and beer

scene. This city which is home to the

state’s first brewpub (in 1994) is no

stranger to craft beer and now boasts

seven breweries with options to fit

variety of beer drinker preferences.


First up on the list of recommended

stops is Canyon Creek Brewing

Company (3060 Gabel Road), the

newest brewery on the block of Billings’

beer scene. Started by long-time

homebrewer turned pro, Ron Kalvig, in

the fall of 2013, this brewery sits on the

west end of town in what is considered

Billings’ commercial center. Canyon

Creek’s name is derived from a creek

which runs through the town and one

which Kalvig says he has many fond

memories of floating as a teenager.

Canyon Creek maintains a complement

of 10 to 12 beers on tap at all times.

While beer is currently only available

on-tap, a stainless steel insulated

RECOMMENDED:

Beerhenge Hefeweizen,

5.5% ABV

Celebrate your catch of the

day with this American-style

wheat beer. Without the

signature banana and clove

flavors of its German cousin,

this beer is easy-drinking,

light, refreshing, and not too

hoppy.

C4 IPA, 6.00% ABV

For those hot days, the

citrusy C4 IPA can hit the

spot. Featuring a strong

grapefruit and orange

aroma, this IPA’s cistrusy

flavor blends well with the

balanced malt profile. The

hop bill includes Cascade,

Centennial, Columbus, and

Chinook hops for aroma and

bittering, as well as a final dry

hop addition of Cascade after

fermentation.

growler filled with your choice of tasty beverage can make a great

addition to any Bighorn float. Most recently, Canyon Creek took home

three national awards in the North American Beer Awards held annually

in Idaho – Gold for their “MinPin Pils” pilsner, Gold for the “Copper “

Scotch-Style Heavy, and a Silver medal for “Rabbit Head Red” Irish-Style

Red Ale – proving their beers are as blue ribbon worthy as the Bighorn

itself.


Opened in July of 2007, Carter’s

Brewing (2526 Montana Avenue-B)

http://cartersbrewing.com/) is located

on historic Montana Avenue sitting

along the railroad tracks which pass

through downtown Billings. The

brewery is named after owner and

head brewer, Michael Ulrich’s first son,

Carter James, and operates on a 7-barrel

brew system pieced together from old dairy tankage and other modern

additions.

Given their proximity to the train tracks, Carter’s beers and décor feature

a train theme. Committed to diversity, this brewery likely boasts one of

the largest beer portfolios in Montana maintaining a dedicated taps for its

eight flagship beers and an additional eight taps for seasonal and special

edition brews throughout the year. Beer is available on-tap in the brewery

taproom and at several locations around Billings. Carter’s focus on variety

and quality lends itself well to more adventurous craft beer drinkers.

RECOMMENDED:

Coldwater Kolsch, 5% ABV

This German style blond ale brewed with wheat and barley malts

and lightly hopped for a clean crisp finish. This beer is a refreshing

and flavorful “session-style” ale perfect for summer.

DeRailed IPA – 6.5% ABV

As Carter’s best-selling beer, this beer’s massive hop profile and

rich English malt profile make it a very balanced and drinkable

IPA.


Located just a stone’s throw up

Montana Avenue from the last brewery

is Überbrew (2305 Montana Avenue,

uberbrewmt.com). The brewery’s

name is derived from owners Mark

Hastings and Jason Shroyer’s desire

to offer more than just a cold pint to

its patrons. Instead, as the word ‘uber’

implies, Überbrew offers up a complete

package experience focused on quality

beer and food pairings, a relaxing

atmosphere, and music from local

artists.

Operating a 10-barrel brewhouse,

Überbrew ‘s beer portfolio is diverse

featuring options for a spectrum

of beer drinkers from German

styles to ultra-hopped IPAs. Beer is

available on-site at the brewpub and

in many locations across the state.

For those looking for portability and

convenience, Überbrew also sells its

signature flagship brew, White Noise

Hefeweizen in bottled 6-packs.

RECOMMENDED:

White Noise Hefeweizen, 5.7%

ABV

Stop by the local bottle shop on

the way to the river for a 6-pack

of bottles of this medium-bodied

American-style Hefeweizen

brewed with German malt and

hops. This moderately sweet

and lightly bitter wheat beer

has flavor to please with a light

aroma of wheat, banana, fruit,

and toasted grains.

Golden Ticket, 5.04%

An English-style summer

ale, this beer is brewed with

English malts and German and

American hops. With a crisp hop

profile and light, sweet malts this

pale golden ale is the “ticket to

summer refreshment.

Special thanks to the

Montana Brewers

Association for their

help in gathering the

materials necessary

for the making of this

article.


Missouri River

For those planning a trip to fish this

Montana river favorite, two options exist

for local craft beer stops, the state capital

of Helena and Great Falls. Currently two

breweries operate in Helena and a third

is set to open later this year. Great Falls

is home to three operating breweries and

is also home to Montana’s only malting

company which supplies many of the state’s

craft breweries.

Started by three avid homebrewers in late

1998, Blackfoot River Brewing (66 South

Park Avenue, blackfootriverbrewing.com)

calls downtown Helena home. Starting with

a 7-barrel brew system, the brewery has

since expanded production since moving to

its new location in 2008. It now operates on

a 15-barrel Bavarian brew system producing

a unique variety of styles.

On average, Blackfoot River releases a new beer every two weeks and is

the largest brewery in Montana to not filter its beer, a practice believed

to add body and flavor to the drink.

In addition to their signature beers,

Blackfoot River also runs an active

barrel-aging program producing

specialty beers such as sour ales. Beer

is available on draught-only in the

taproom and in various locations

around Helena.

Photo courtesy of Blackfoot River Brewing


RECOMMENDED:

Singlemalt IPA,6.9% ABV

This beer is brewed from 100% Crisp Maris Otter floor-malted barley, an English

malt, making for malt-rich, medium-bodied drinking experience. Generous

hopping with Northwest grown hops such as Simcoe and Cascade impart a

balanced hop flavor and aroma.

Norfolk Organic Porter, 7.2% ABV

For those cooler days on the river, consider pouring yourself a pint of this certified

organic English-style brown porter. Brewed from certified organic malts and hops,

this dark, full-bodied beer has a rich, roasted coffee-like flavor.

Mighty Mo Brewing (412 Central Avenue,

http://mightymobrewing.com/) was the first

craft brewery to call Great Falls home. Opening

in December 2013, the brewery is located in the

middle of downtown Great Falls offering up a

line-up of high quality craft brews as well as great

food and live music.

With strong ties to fly fishing and the Missouri River, this brewery’s logo

sports a trout and many of the beer names include fishing slang. Five

standard beers reside on tap year-round, with a few seasonals being “caught

and released” throughout the year.

RECOMMENDED:

Rising Trout Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

Reach for a Rising Trout after a long day on the river. This pale ale has a slightly

bready malt flavor and up front and finished with tropical fruit flavors thanks

to ample hopping with Cascade and Citra hops.

Lip Ripper IPA, 6.4% ABV

One of Mighty Mo’s flagship beers, this India Pale Ale is brewed with floormalted

barley for a clean malt backbone. It is “hop bursted” with seven

different hop varieties to impart big hop flavor and a citrusy, piney aroma.


Named after the formidable Rocky

Mountain Front Range, The Front Brewing

Company is located in Great Falls. The

tasting room operates out of The Front

Public House which doubles as a restaurant.

The outdoors-theme continues through into

their beers with names like River Water,

Keep Cool, Mountain Man, and Day Hike.

In addition to their love for nature, The Front partners with distributors

to give five cents back (http://5centsback.org/) on the number of beer

cans sold to support local non-profits supporting outdoors recreation and

education.

The Front cans three of

its flagship beers - an IPA,

Scotch Ale, and Blonde

Ale - using a unique

16-ounce can design

featuring a removable top

for easy intake. The cans

can be found for sale as

retailers across the state.

Growler fills are also

available on-site at the

Public House.

Photo courtesy of The Front Brewing Company

RECOMMENDED:

Keep Cool Creek Blonde Ale, 5.4% ABV

This straw-colored ale is reminiscent of a cool mountain stream. Its smooth

malt background coupled with a delicate hop tinge delivers a light and

refreshing experience.

River Water IPA, 6.9% ABV

This beautiful deep golden orange unfiltered IPA was born for the river. The

moderate malt background and generous palate of seven different hop varieties

make this beer a medium-bodied, well-balanced worthy of any river outing.


Madison River

On your way to the Madison, you will want to stock

up on cold beverages at one of the Gallatin Valley’s

local breweries. With one brewery in Belgrade and

another four in Bozeman, there are plenty of beer

options available. Another three breweries are slated

to open in Bozeman in the near future.

Located a short drive from its namesake

river in the small town of Belgrade,

Madison River Brewing Company

(20900 Frontage Road, Building B,

www.madisonriverbrewing.com) shares

a common perspective found throughout

Montana’s beer scene-enjoying craft beer while recreating outdoors.

Starting in 2005, Madison River Brewing Company currently ranks fourth

in the state for beer production with goals for continued expansion.

With beers named after trout flies, this brewery focuses aggressively on

distributing their beers around Montana and surrounding states. You can

find their beer in 12-ounce bottled 6-packs and 22-ounce single bottles.

Growler fills are also available in the tasting room and the beer is found on

tap at many establishments around the state.

RECOMMENDED: Hopper Pale Ale, 6.0% ABV

This strong pale ale is brewed with four different barley malts and moderate

Horizon, Centennial, and Cascade hops. With a distinctive, citrus flavor and floral

aroma, this medium-bodied beer is smooth and easy on the finish.

Salmon Fly Honey Rye Ale, 5.6% ABV

A subtle spiciness of rye, moderate hop additions, and a mild sweetness derived

from local honey make this ale a pleasurable drinking beverage. It’s unique blending

of ingredients makes for a lighter bodied beer fitting for a gamut of beer tastes.


Found just off the N 7th Avenue exit of

I-90 that passes through Bozeman, 406

Brewing Company (101 East Oak Street,

Suite D,

www.406brewingcompany.com/) has

been going against the grain of its other

brewery counterparts since 2011 offering

up an always rotating tap series of

experimental beers year round. An active

supporter of the community, 406 Brewing Company offers gallery space

to local artists and features live music. The breweries ties to the outdoors

are evident as well in their fundraising involvement with local hunting and

fishing conservation-focused groups.

Change is the name of the beer game at 406 Brewing Company who

brewed over 45 different beers in their first year of production with only

15 repeats. In addition to its beer list, the brewery has started offering a

regular lunch and dinner menu of pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and artisan

bread which incorporate the breweries beers and other local ingredients

when available. Beer is currently available on draught-only in the tasting

room. Both insulated stainless steel and glass growlers with the brewery

logo are available for purchase.

RECOMMENDED:

Continental Blonde, 5.3% ABV

Tasting more like a pilsner than a blonde, this clean, crisp ale is an easy-drinking

and refreshing choice to pack along on the boat.

Hop Punch, 6.5%

This India Pale Ale is continuously evolving and incorporates an impressive hop

bill, which at times can contain as many as 15 different hop varieties. Body is

light to medium and a biscuity malt flavor combines well with the distinctive hop

flavor and aroma burst.


Opened in 2001, Bozeman Brewing

Company (504 N. Broadway,

http://bozemanbrewing.com ) is Bozeman’s

oldest operating brewing establishment.

The brewery started with a 7-barrel

brewhouse and for the first five years of

operation solely brewed for production.

Since then, the brewery has expanded

production to 20-barrels and opened a

tasting room where patrons can get a pint and fill growlers at the source.

Bozeman Brewing Company’s flagship beers such as Hopzone IPA, Plum

Street Porter, Select Amber Ale, and Hefeweizen are available in 12-ounce

can 6-packs at retail locations around Bozeman. In addition, the brewery

recently started offering 12-ounce can 4-packs of seasonal beers. They plan

to release a different canned seasonal every two to three months.

RECOMMENDED:

Watershed Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV

The current seasonal available in 4-packs, this pale ale is golden-colored,

medium-bodied, and has a pleasant floral, fruity aroma thanks to Amarillo and

Citra hops. A portion of every keg sold benefits the Greater Gallatin Watershed

Council to help preserve clean water.

Hopzone IPA, 7.0% ABV

Fruity, bold, and strong describe this India Pale Ale which will please even the

most discerning hophead. Five malt and four hop varieties are combined to make

this complex, yet balanced brew.


Bitterroot River

The brewery options are plenty along the way

to the Bitterroot River which flows through

the scenic Bitterroot Valley. For those heading

southbound on Route 93, consider stopping

at one of the seven breweries (soon to be

eight) in Missoula, the famous city where

“a river runs through it.” Breweries in Lolo,

Stevensville, Hamilton, and Darby also offer

up another handful of choices.

Located in the heart of Missoula a stone throw

from the Clark Fork River, Kettlehouse Brewing

(602 Myrtle Street (Southside Location), http://

kettlehouse.com/ ) is a good place to stop on

a southbound trip to the Bitterroot. A second

Northside Location at 313 North 1st Street, West

also features a tasting room as well is home to

the breweries canning operation, which they

began in 2006.

Eight mainstay beers make up Kettlehouse’s

flagship line-up, along with a slew of seasonal

and specialty beers and like the brewery’s mission statement says, the

quality of their beers matches up with that of the Montana’s outdoor

experiences. You will find three of this brewery’s eight mainstay beers

(including the two listed below) in 16-ounce 4-packs and 8-packs, as well

as on tap at their two locations and other establishments across the state.


RECOMMENDED:

Double Haul IPA, 6.5% ABV

A Missoulan favorite, this India Pale Ale is well-balance and packs a hardy punch

of Cascade hops. In addition, this beer won a gold medal in its style category at

the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards.

Eddy Out Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV

Another flagship beer, this pale ale also carries a healthy dose of Cascade hops

aroma. Its flavor is characterized by a citrusy hoppiness which balances nicely

with the slight biscuit malt character.

Lolo Peak Brewing Company (601 Brewery Way,

lolopeakbrewery.com) opened its doors in in the

summer of 2014. Featuring a large customized

taproom, garden, community meeting roof and

inviting mezzanine, this “cathedral of beer” has

quick become a town hub. The brewery maintains

12 taps and pairs their beers with unique dishes.

While still quite the new kid on the block, this brewery has big plans

for the future, recently announcing plans for expansion to build an

8,000-square-foot, two-story brewpub and restaurant in Missoula.

Currently, Lolo Peak’s offers a diverse portfolio of beer styles available on

draught -only. It’s location on the way to the Bitterroot River make it a

great pit stop to fill up some growlers or grab a cold pint on the trip home.

RECOMMENDED: Buffalo Trout Golden, 5.3% ABV

This “session-style” golden ale is a light, crisp, and refreshing choice featuring low

hoppiness and muted citrusy undertones.

GSD Light Lager, 4.6% ABV

A clean, refreshing German-style lager, this beer is the perfect all-day drinking

beer for on the boat or doing weekend chores around the house.


In production since 1998, Bitter Root

Brewing (101 Marcus Street, www.

bitterrootbrewing.com) makes its home

in Hamilton, a town nestled in the heart

of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and a short

walk from the Bitterroot River. Frequented

by many of the local fly fishing guides, this

brewery offers up tasty brews and food

made-from-scratch on a daily basis like

burgers and fish tacos.

Six beer styles are available year-round as well as a hodge-podge of

rotators. Outdoors adventure-friendly options for beer from, Bitter Root

Brewing include select beers in 12-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles, as well as

the standard growler fills. Kegs can also be purchased.

RECOMMENDED:

Single Hop Northwest Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV

Known as a “SMASH” beer, this pale ale is brewed with only a single malt and

single hop variety. 100% Montana-grown and malted 2-row pale malt and

Columbus hops make for a light, easy drinking beer with plenty of grapefruit

and citrus aroma to please the palette.

Bitter Root Northwest IPA, 6.2% ABV

This IPA is loaded with Citra hops providing for a strong passion fruit flavor and

grapefruit aroma. A great malt profile balances out the brew, making this the

perfect beverage to kick back and relax after a day on the river.

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For more information, visit:

Montana Brewers Association, http://montanabrewers.org/

Montana Beer Finder, http://www.montanabeerfinder.com/

Montana Beer: A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country by Ryan Newhouse

Available for purchase here: https://squareup.com/market/montana_beer_finder


Halford’s Ghost

Written by Sandy Pittendrigh

Illustrated by James Hays


There was a damp, early-morning fog at Ed and Helen

Nelson’s Spring Creek Ranch, a few miles south and across

the river from Armstrong Spring Creek, near Livingston,

Montana. This was to be the first of three guiding days I had

scheduled with Greg LeMond and his wife Kathy. I was plenty

nervous about it. Greg had just won the Tour de France for the

third time. He was the first celebrity I had worked with as a fishing

guide and he was coming at the wrong time of year. The last thing

I wanted now were three days of slow late August, low-water heatwave

fishing with the most important clients of my guiding career.

As it would turn out, good luck would shine on me one more time-

-because I would somehow manage to string together three of the

best-ever fishing days in a row. But I didn’t know that at the time.

Starting off at Nelson Spring Creek was a stroke of good luck in

itself. The fishing there is usually good and often great. Greg and

Kathy turned out to be generous and friendly folks. And Greg was

a fishing fiend. When he fell in a nasty spill in the Pyrenees, he told

me, “I tried to fall on my forearms, so I wouldn’t ruin my casting

hand.” Greg told me early on he wanted me to spend most of my

time with Kathy. “I need you to tell me what flies to use,” he said.

“But basically, I know how to fish.”

I was feeling better already. Greg had boundless energy and an

almost pathologically competitive spirit. I never saw a man move

so quickly cast so many times and fish so hard. Kathy was a quick

learner too. There were plenty of bugs on the water that morning.

But the spring creeks are a hard place to learn fly fishing. Starting

a first-day fly fisherman off at Nelson’s Spring Creek is a little like

asking a teenager to compete in the Master’s Golf Tournament.


By midday, when we finally broke for lunch, Greg had caught too

many fish to count. But Kathy, who had jumped missed nicked and

been refused by a zillion trout, had only actually netted one fish. She

was casting well though. All she really needed was to get a few more

fish on the line, to get her confidence going. I had a 3/4” homemade

wiggler in my box that I had been carrying around for months. Now

might just be the time to try it, I thought.

When we started back in again after lunch I sent Greg up to fish

amidst a pack of rising trout below a small diversion dam. Kathy

and I went straight to the weed channels immediately across from

the picnic tables. The fish are exposed there so it is a notoriously

difficult place to fish, but we had to start somewhere. The wiggler

turned out to be a bombshell. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite

like it before or since. Nelson Spring Creek trout are so fussy and so

nervous I have many times seen them refuse a natural mayfly. So

when a huge fish--on the first cast--cruised up behind the wiggler,


sniffed it once and then darted back into the weeds, I thought “Oh

well, it was worth the try.” But no sooner did I finish the thought

when out came the same fish again then back into the weeds and

then back out again. And then bang! We had him. It turned out to

be the same with all of them. They tried to resist, but they couldn’t

do it. Two, three, four times apiece they would refuse. And then out

they would come one more time to nail the wiggler. It was hard to

believe!

After a dozen or more fish the wiggler finally disintegrated. It was

incredible fun while it lasted and Kathy had learned what to look

for and what to expect. She had learned when and how to strike

a fish. Later that evening, when the sulphur duns were hatching,

I had Kathy rigged up with a small foam grasshopper--as an

indicator--and a #22 Cream Midge Larvae, a generic small nymph

that works well as a Sulphur emerger. Nymph fishing during the

Sulpher hatch is the most challenging fishing imaginable. Unlike


Pale Morning Duns, which ride the surface for 20’ or more before

flying way, mature Sulphur duns take off as soon as they get their

wings up, so the trout key in on the drifting nymphs and emergers.

The trout take so gently during the Sulphur hatch they seldom make

an indicator move. You have to fish by instinctive radar. When you

see a fish move anywhere in the vicinity of your fly you have to set

the hook, even if the indicator hasn’t budged. In one log-jam spot

up above the midge pond Kathy caught four or five fish on a #22

nymph, without ever taking a step!

Since then I have fished with mini wigglers many times in many

places. Like all flies their success seems to vary from day to day and

place to place. But for some reason I am at a loss to explain they are

the most consistently and predictably effective on the spring creeks.

Fishing the water with an attractor, downstream and across with a

tight straight line, isn’t what spring creek fishing is all about. So I

never use wigglers when a hatch is on. But I do find myself falling

back on them in the late afternoons when most fishermen resort

to beetles or ants, or take the afternoon off while waiting for the

sulphurs to start in again.

When I’m out there on a spring creek, when the sun is hot and the

fishing is slow, when I’ve got a wiggler in my box, sometimes I just

can’t resist, no matter how hard I try.

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Sandy Pittendrigh is a mostly-retired, self-employed software

developer living in Bozeman, MT. He is currently working on

publishing a collection of his fly fishing short stories in book

form, with an introduction by Tom Morgan. Sandy is also the

webmaster of montana-riverboats.com.


Fishing For A Good Read?

Get Hooked On Our Back Issues...


Thinking of

hitting the water

in a new

pontoon boat?


Let

Float Smart

be Your Guide

by T. E. Lewis


So, you’ve decided you like floating adventures –

well you’re not alone. So much water – so little time. Maybe you’re new to

the sport or hobby – yes, no, maybe? How do you begin to research a body

of water? How do you keep up with your favorite river, lake or stream?

Here is a list of ways:

1. Fly over.

2. Read books.

3. Videos or DVD’s.

4. Talk to folks familiar with the river, lake, or stream.

5. Outfitter/Guide service.

6. Internet.

7. Physical Inspection.


“Awareness can impact lives & resources.”

Remember, rivers are a different environment and need to be researched

and well planned-out. Let’s take a closer look at the potential hazards of

floating adventures on rivers for Class I inflatable pontoon boating. Just

because a river is rated Class I doesn’t mean there won’t be hazards and

Class II or Class III challenges in your float adventure.

Knowing how to identify these obstacles or river environments allows the

sportsman to enjoy a float & fish day on the water. Thinking back and

reflecting about my personal float adventures, those trips allowed me to see

some amazing scenery, wildlife and awesome fishing action.

Although called float & fish, for me it’s actually been an FSWPF experience

or ‘Float – Scout -Wade - Portage – Fish’ adventures on rivers and

occasionally enjoying some swimming even though swimming was not

necessarily part of my planned float adventure.

Let’s take a closer look at the potential hazards that an inflatable pontoon

boat operator can experience.

First for your consideration is to keep an open-mind about navigation and

what could affect the decisions of a person operating the inflatable pontoon

boat.

Factors like the time of the year, river current speed or streamflow, weather,

and the height of the river make many of the differences. Important to the

inflatable pontoon boat operator is to keep your eyes on the horizon as you

float the river. Always look ahead, be on the look-out for the hazards that

can present problems for you and cause injury or worse. Scout!

Second, distractions are the number one issue to battle while enjoying a

float adventure. Let’s face it - if you are angling and battling a big fish on

the other end of the line it can be very distracting and cause a sportsman to

take their eyes off what’s ahead on the river.


Doesn’t matter if you’re fly fishing for trout or bait casting/spin casting for

bass there’s nothing like a good fighting fish that has your line stretched

and your fishing pole bent while attempting to empty the spool of fishing

line you have on the reel. It’s why I’m there and it can be distracting

causing me to take my eyes off the horizon or the up-and–coming potential

hazards on the river.

The decisions a sportsman / sportswoman makes on a float adventure will

directly affect the outcome of the float adventure experience.

The inflatable pontoon boat is a fishing machine. It’s versatile and

transportable and has earned a reputation of being a very stable personal

watercraft. Every once in a while a sportsman finds himself / herself in that

ultimate setting in the outdoors and with any luck is able to capture that

moment. Here we see I’ve hooked, played and netted a trout while in the

river that is pushing me downstream.

Finding myself in the middle of this river, eyes looking forward on the

horizon for potential hazards, navigating, and battling this trout is quite the

multi-tasking experience. Take a closer look at this photo - What do you

see?


This is a sweeper which is a potential hazard that hangs above water

protruding from the river bank but low enough to create a problem for

the inflatable pontoon sportsman. Had I become distracted battling this

trout and not paid attention to what was up-and-coming on the river I

would have been in real trouble not noticing this sweeper. What could have

happened? Here’s a few hypothetical’s to consider:

1. Hit the sweeper, knocked-out and swept out of the pontoon boat

floating in the river unconscious, pontoon boat and gear floating

downstream.

2. Hit the sweeper and body impaled - pontoon boat & gear floating

downstream.

3. Hit and swept out of the boat – conscious & wet – pontoon boat

and gear- well you know.

4. Hit the sweeper – broken arm – swept out of the boat – attempting

to swim – you know the rest of the downstream story.

I’ll let you take it from here pondering on the numerous problems that

could have occurred had I become distracted battling this trout and not

navigated the inflatable pontoon boat correctly.


Learn more about inflatable pontoon boating with the book Float Smart:

An Inflatable Pontoon Boating Guide or by attending one of the Float

Smart Workshop Seminars.

Float Smart is a dynamic, thought-provoking introduction and overview of

inflatable pontoon boat navigation, peripheral equipment, and safety that

will not only cover the basics of inflatable pontoon use but will open your

eyes to circumstances you may never have considered that might challenge

you at some point.

----------------------------------------

T.E. Lewis is the founder of Float Smart and the Float Smart Workshop

designed to bring awareness to the exciting recreation activity of inflatable

pontoon boating. Float Smart is a dynamic discussion of inflatable pontoon

boat navigation, equipment and safety concerns that has been taught across

Montana. Lewis now brings this awareness message including in-the-field

examples to you with the thought-provoking Float Smart guide.”

Check it out: http://www.floatsmart.info


Gear Reviews:

Under Armour Hook’d Storm Polarized Sunglasses

Color: Satin Wood Grain or Satin Black (shown)

Price: $154.99

http://underarmour.com

Every pair of sunglasses I’ve had in

recent memory has been lost in some

sort of fishing accident. I know how

hard it is to justify shelling out money

for anything more than a pair of “gas

station cheap-os.” But the Hook’d line of

sunglasses from Under Armour might

be worth it.

When these arrived, I swore I would never take them to work because I

spend 10 to 12 hours a day in pretty much nothing but dirt, and I didn’t

want to scratch them up. But when I misplaced my regular safety glasses,

I was left with little choice. These ANSI Z87.1-rated lenses were tough

enough to handle a full month of hardcore lawn irrigation, even when all I

had was a dirty shirt to clean them with. Today they are still as scratch-free

as the day I got them.

The vented frames are made with titanium and Grilamid (don’t ask me),

making them strong and extremely lightweight. The hinges are flexible

enough to take them on and off easily, but hold on well enough to be worn

all day without fatigue. The polarizing definitely brings enough contrast to

allow these to be called fishing glasses, and the tint is such that it still makes

sense to wear them when the sky is overcast.


Eclectic Angler 3D-Printed Fly Reel

Color Combo: Fire & Smoke

Price $75-$85

http://electicangler.com

Michael Hackney, reel smith and web

master of the Eclectic Angler website,

made history earlier this year when he

unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed

fly reel. If you aren’t familiar with the 3D printing, you might want to do a

YouTube or Google search on the process to understand what it is and the

changes it is bringing to the manufacturing as a whole.

Being the first of their kind, you might expect these reels to cost a mint,

but they are actually down-right affordable, with the most expensive color

combination priced well below the hundred-dollar mark. These reels are

extremely lightweight and, if treated properly, durable enough to play and

land even above-average-sized trout. Current models come sized for 4

and 5wt lines. The sound that comes out of these reels when pulling line

or fighting fish is reminiscent of an old Pflueger Medalist, which makes

using them even more fun. I for one love the look and feel of my reel, and I

encourage anyone who is interested to try one out.

The reels are made of a biodegradable composite. That is to say, if left in a

compost pile for a long period, it will break down; but daily use on the river

won’t do them any harm. It is important to note that because these reels are

made of plastic, they are a bit fragile and can break easily under the right

conditions. The price point on these reels is low enough that owning one

is worth the risk; and I’m sure that as time goes on, these reels will become

stronger and more durable.

For those who own a 3D printer, Michael also offers the plans to these reels

free of charge on his website.


Orion Cooler 45

Color: Blue Camo (shown)

Dimensions: 18.5” x 26.5” x 16.75”

Weight: 32.25 lbs.

Price: $429

http://orioncoolers.com

I’ve been in the market for a molded

cooler for years, but could never

bring myself to buy one. But when

Orion Coolers asked me to try one

of their 45 models to review, I couldn’t say no.

This past June was the hottest on record where I live, so it was the perfect

time to test out how good it was at keeping things cold. While our ice did

melt, this cooler still kept things sufficiently cold for both of our 3-day

outings.

The Orion is also tough. To my knowledge, it’s one of the first coolers to

double as a bear-proof storage container... a nice feature anytime you’re

camping out in Montana. The padded lid also makes this the perfect

camping seat, step stool, or casting platform when sufficiently tied down.

Each cooler comes with six tie-down points, four of which double as bottle

openers.

Other notable features include rope handles with motorcycle-style grips,

thermo-molded top tray, LED floating flashlight, and the low-profile

camming latches.


The Shot-gun Lead-free Sinker Device

Price: $39.95 (Kit shown here.)

http://theshot-gun.com

The Shot-gun “green” lead-free sinker

device is designed to give anglers of all

pursuits a way to add weight to their

terminal rigs in manner that won’t

damage their line.

The “gun” dispenses round, non-toxic

tungsten beads that are held snug against the line with a short length of

small-diameter surgical tubing without digging in. The tubing and sinkers

can be moved smoothly up or down the line for modifying the distance to

the hook for depth control or knot-tying.

The tungsten beads are heavier and more eco-friendly than lead, offering

fishermen a solid alternative in areas where lead is prohibited. In keeping

with the “green” theme, the entire system is reusable, as the sinkers can

easily be removed from the line and stored back in the shot-gun or in the

supplied refill container.

For more information visit theshot-gun.com or watch the video embedded

below:


On Fly-Fishing the Northern Rockies

Essays and Dubious Advice

by Chadd VanZanten and Russ Beck

Arcadia Publishing and The History Press

Length: 144 pages

Price: $19.95

http://arcadiapublishing.com

Many times when a book is attributed to two

authors, it seems to be because the person

with the ideas doesn’t know how to write.

This wouldn’t be one of those books, as both

Chadd VanZanten and Russ Beck can write

very well.

On Fly Fishing the Northern Rockies is a collection of memoirs from each of

the authors as they recount their friendships and how they met, and what

they’ve learned the sport of fly-fishing while traveling the northwest in

search of trout in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

The essays are long enough to make you feel you’ve read something and

short enough to find time to for it no matter what you’re doing. The book

is perfect for throwing in your duffel bag as you set out to visit some of the

same areas the authors have visited.

Despite coming from two different authors, the text maintains a consistent,

personal and conversational tone. The essays intermixed with a number

of well placed and well shot photographs, covering enough territory that

those reading the book will easily identify with what the authors are saying.

On Fly-Fishing deserves to share some shelf-space with your favorite

outdoor literature.


Govino Classic 16oz. Beer Glass

Price: 4 for $14.95

http://govino.com

I’m sure I’m like most fly fishermen when

I say that I can drink most anything out of

most any container, particularly when I’m

camping or out on the water. As time goes

on, however, I’m not always the one who

makes the calls when packing up for a long

weekend or a road trip. It’s often my better

half who pays more attention to these sort of

details.

A company called Govino makes an assortment of recyclable, shatterproof

beverage glasses targeted to travelers and outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to

taste their drinks even though they’re “roughing it.”

One might say these glasses are for glamping (glamour camping), but

having had a drink or two from the Govino Beer Glass, I have come to

appreciate their practical side as well. These glasses are well designed.

They’re easy to drink from and easy to clean. The glass shown here is handwash

only, but since mine arrived, Govino has launched a dishwasher-safe

line.

Perhaps the best feature of these glasses is the thumb-notch, which makes

it easy to hold onto a glass made of otherwise slippery material.

For those looking for a stylish glass that reminds them of their collection at

home, without the threat of broken glass if it gets knocked off a picnic table

or knocked over by the dog, a set of Govino glasses might be just the thing.


Jesse Bussard is a Bozeman-based independent outdoors writer

and fly fishing poet. Her fishing journey began with a spin rod on

the warmwater creeks, lakes and ponds of Trough Creek Valley in

south-central Pennsylvania. Jesse moved West in September of 2012,

first to Idaho and then Montana. Here she discovered her love and

passion for the art of fly fishing. When not fishing for trout on the

rivers of southwest Montana, Jesse enjoys shooting her bow and

homebrewing. She is currently working on her first book project

and is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

http://about.me/jessebussard

Jon Covich has been in and around the fly fishing business for the

past 25 years as a tackle rep and traveling photographer. He has

been going to Cuba since the late 1990’s, and has recently started

his own travel business aimed at bringing American anglers to

Cuba. Check out his website at www.cubafishingoutfitters.com or

contact him at 206.579.9342 if you have any questions regarding

Cuba and its fishing destinations.

Contrib

James Hays is an avid illustration contributor to nature and outdoor-based

publications, textboks and museums worldwide. He’s overly active in

riddin gthe world of nature deficit disorder. That’s a good thing.

http://www.mightymammothmedia.com

George Kalantzes is a resident of Bozeman, Montana and a passionate

landscape photographer with deep family roots in Montana. If not

behind a camera, you will find George with a fly rod in his hand or with

his wife Isabelle and dogs Cody and Madison hiking the Montana

backcountry.

www.gkalantzesphotography.zenfolio.com

trouttails@q.com


utors

T.E. Lewis is the founder of Float Smart and the Float Smart

Workshop designed to bring awareness to the exciting recreational

activity of Class 1 inflatable pontoon boating for anglers or water

recreationists who use one-person pontoon boats or are considering

purchasing one. He's been a fly casting instructor, pro-staffer and

featured outdoor blogger; Lewis's passion for the outdoors is reflected

in his dedication to giving back and volunteering for national parks,

national forests and state parks. Lewis now brings this awareness

message including in-the-field examples to you with the thoughtprovoking

Float Smart guide. http://floatsmart.info

Sandy Pittendrigh is a mostly-retired, self-employed software

developer living in Bozeman, MT. He is currently working on

publishing a collection of his fly fishing short stories in book

form, with an introduction by Tom Morgan. Sandy is also the

webmaster of montana-riverboats.com.

Managing editor, Ehren Wells, is a lifelong resident of Montana.

He enjoys hiking in the backcountry on his rare days off. Ehren is

also an avid flyfisherman and outspoken Spey addict.

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