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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 »

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Birthday Wish List: A New Address

I am notoriously a person for whom it is difficult to purchase gifts; however, I have found a perfect gift; it is pictured above.  This little gem of a Bungalow is located in Ennis, MT, and is a mere 100 yards from fabled trout waters, the Madison River.  You know, this year is the big… Read more »

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How Trashy!

  My French press is my love.  It makes a delicious, aromatic pot of coffee without the bulkiness of a coffee pot, and without the hassle of filters.  Dustin and I use it everyday.  We are obviously not the only ones who enjoy the wonderful nectars of the French Press, the inventors of the Smart… Read more »

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Backcountry Tunes, I’ll pass

Today, The Daily Dirt reviewed this portable speaker system, and opened with this comment: “At the end of a hard day’s backpack, it’s natural to want to unwind around a fire with a cold drink and your favorite tune”.  Actually no, I don’t want to unwind with a tune of any sort, especially not one… Read more »

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Walking on Water

  “No Felt Soles by 2011”, is the cry for policy change sponsored by Trout Unlimited.  This banning of felt soles  is met with some controversy by anglers.  Those opposed to switching to felt soles suggest  felt soles to merely be the scapegoat of poor sanitation habits, but studies provide evidence that felt soles move… Read more »

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White Bass Spawn 2010

 Catching white bass hooked me on fishing.  Dustin has caught these beauties for years; as for me, I am still considered a novice.  The first year we were together I read while he fished.  I just enjoyed being outdoors, and I didn’t want to get in his way.   White Bass only spawn for just a… Read more »

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Eye Candy…Super Fly Style

While wasting high quality study time, I happened upon a website of spectacular natural photography, nature porn if you will.  Talented and a lover of the outdoors, this photographer captures great shots from the Yellowstone River and around the world.  The website is aptly named, Photography on the Fly.  At last, I have breathtaking visuals… Read more »

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I dream of you, Yellowstone River

Let the countdown begin!  In 57 days we travel to the Yellowstone River.  I am desperately trying to keep a clear head for my finals, but to no avail.  My thoughts drift nowhere else but to “Paradise Valley”.  We decided on this location a few nights ago, so perhaps the excitement shall die down in… Read more »

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Another reason we love our Osprey packs

Osprey released their 2009 sustainability report.  This company seems to really be putting effort into their sustainability practices by doing things a little differently.  Treehugger gives a good break down of Osprey’s 2009 environmental achievements.  Check ‘em out! Also don’t forget Osprey offers the All Mighty Guarantee: they will fix packs no matter what!  Should… Read more »