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Beaver chew floaters, public land, canoe
Access conflict on the Jefferson. Public lands are few and far between on the Jefferson River, and now, the only public-floater camp on the upper Jefferson, known as “Beaver Chew,” is being threatened by a land-swap proposal. The 80-acre campsite on state land got its name because Meriwether Lewis left a note for William Clark on a tree at the...
Headwaters, Fishing
Fishing headwater creeks. As the years pass, I find myself spending more and more time on the little creeks tumbling out of mountain ranges like the Absarokas, Beartooths and Gallatins. Unlike many big-name rivers, justly famous for their large trout but suffering from the near-gridlock of rafts and driftboats, the diminutive headwater flows offer...
Royal Purple Chubby
Tying the Purple Royal Chubby. The Chubby Chernobyl is one of the most popular flies amongst anglers in southwest Montana. It floats like a champ, it’s highly visible, and it catches fish. And the fact that it can be tied in sizes ranging from a salmonfly to a yellow sally, and in unlimited color combinations, make it very versatile. I have...



Aug 29th
Location: Big Sky Community Park Pavilion Time: 2pm Cost: FREE Details: Join the Gallatin River Task Force for an afternoon of cleaning up the Upper Gallatin River. Reward your efforts with free beer and BBQ after. Details here.  
Aug 29th
Location: Bozeman Bike Kitchen, 2104 Industrial Dr. Time: 6-7pm Cost: FREE Details: Join Bozeman Bike Kitchen for a one-hour clinic every Monday. Each session features a different topic, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for weekly updates.
Aug 29th
Location: Bozeman Public Library Time: 6pm Cost: FREE Details: Ladies, if you need a place to ride, the Bozeman Pedal Project has you covered. They're going out every Monday night for 20-25 miles. Details here.  


The yin and yang of fly fishing. A few months ago, I posted a grip-and-grin selfie with a spunky little rainbow I caught near Livingston. It was the last day of a 14-day trip, an excursion that forced me to ask myself if I really enjoy fly fishing. Or has it become a life-consuming obsession filled with hours of confidence-crushing refusals,...
Building a DIY cook stove. An ingenious little camp stove that doesn’t cost a dime? Sign me up. Using a few simple materials, you can build a fuel-efficient “rocket stove”—an updated version of the tin can “hobo stove” used by generations of wanderers, survivalists, and backwoods campers. Note the L-shaped design, which makes this a "rocket" There...
Backpacking the Beartooth's Beaten Path. Think a beaten path is for newbies and the unimaginative? Think again and meet the Beaten Path of Yellowstone country. “It’s a popular trail because it’s a beautiful trail,” says the USFS officer during a pre-hike visit to the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge. Although, he quickly reminds me, “popular...

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