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Trip Talk

Our journey to the Yellowstone River is less than four weeks away.  As a matter of a fact, four weeks from now we will be on the river, and hopefully hooking into a trout or two! Brooke turns 30 July 2; unfortunately that is day one of our trip.  On the agenda for day one,… Read more »

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Are you Smarter than a German Shepherd?

During Venus’ lifetime, she has covered a lot of pavement with her mommy.  Her youthful days saw many miles covered during the dawn of a new morning, or the dusk of a completed day.  Addicted to walking at that time, her and I strutted through multiple neighborhoods and parks, both enjoying our time equally.  Just… Read more »

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Brew Review: Trout Slayer Ale

Bursts of citrus, hops and malt hit the nose when the top pops on this pale wheat ale from Big Sky Brewing.  Honey-golden colored lager fills my 12 oz bottle.  Upon hitting the taste buds, the bitter hops are prevalent straight away.  I love me some hops, and this beer brings it, but not overwhelmingly… Read more »

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Dustin Ties Flies: Round 1

Fly tying class was a success for Dustin.    I suspect he will buy some materials and hardware on Thursday, because he’s wanted to tie ever since class.  I’m so excited for him!  The pictures are of his first ever handmade flies.       True reward will come when he catches a fish on one of… Read more »

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Sorry, No Fresh Fish Offering Today

Fish counters at Loblaw Markets are suddenly missing something.  This market in Canada understands that the only way people will pay attention to conservation efforts is if it directly affects them.  Loblaw is displaying empty racks in the fish counter to make customers aware that some ocean fish will no longer be a dining option… Read more »

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Masters Victuals

Recently, Dustin tapped into his culinary creativity with some experimental grilling and smoking.  I must say, he produces tasty results.  Saturday, he prepared a new creation inspired by Primal Grill with Steven Raichlan.  Quite a site to behold he was, scurrying about, rummaging through cabinets, sautéing garlic, simmering sauces, making messes, and rubbing meat.  Intoxicating… Read more »

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Pop! Hitting the Top Water

  Fly rod success found me Tuesday night, and it was sweet!  The little guy in the pic was my first ever fish landed on the fly rod.  The best part of it, I did it all by myself.  Dustin was not there to instruct me how to get it to shore; instead, I was… Read more »

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It just keeps going and going and going

This is the Gulf’s oil spill trajectory as of today courtesy of the Ocean Circulation Group.  An interactive map, which hindcasts and forecasts the oil spill’s trajectory, is available at their site.  To say this is the biggest environmental catastrophe of Dustin and my lifetime is a near understatement.  Key West, a place we have… Read more »

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Folks, We Have Muddy Water

This is a live web cam shot of the Yellowstone River at Gardiner.  Worry was setting in for us because the melt off had not started as of last week.  A high muddy river makes a bad float, and it was looking like the melt off was going to get a late start meaning that… Read more »

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Feels like the first time…

Saturday marked the first day of my foray into the wonders of fly fishing.  Since I have this love affair with trout, I decided in order to properly pursue my passion I must take up fly fishing.  After all, Dustin told me I would not catch any Montana trout on my spin rod.  Having been… Read more »