Category Archives: Fly Fishing

Upper Level Stream Crossings, updated

A post Philip put up the other day temporarily boosted traffic to this post from 2013, prompting me to give it a re-read.  One of the best things about this website is being able to delve into the past and … Continue reading

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Patagonia Sun Stretch shirt review

As I mentioned last week, there are some, stifling hot, occasions when even the lightest knit baselayers aren’t up to the task.  The latest light (100 grams/meter or less) poly baselayers dry fast, but there’s something about the wicking process … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Bikes and biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking with ropes, Packrafting | 6 Comments

The Blackfoot-Clearwater Question

The Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project, an organization founded to steer the future of public lands long the southwestern edge of the Bob Marshall Complex, has reached its goal. Senator Tester introduced the Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act the other week, and for fans … Continue reading

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The best things about Montana

In vague order of preference, because in two months we’ll at long last be back on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, living in western Colorado.  When we moved to Montana eight years it was for me to attend graduate … Continue reading

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The Spyderco Dragonfly 2 and the Esee Candiru

This time last year I discussed the Candiru, a knife which does a remarkable job presenting a durable hard-use package in a tiny size.  It does so at the expense of easy sharpening and precise cutting, two things which the … Continue reading

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Concerning broification

Broification: a trend in outdoor adventure sports/activities, which results in an increase in the perceived average level of mastery within a given pursuit, thus dissuading novices from pursuing any nascent interest. If you don’t already read Hansi Johnson’s Universal Klister … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Bikes and biking, Climbing, Cultural critique, Fly Fishing, Hiking with ropes, Packrafting, Racing, Skiing | 8 Comments

24 hours on the Middle Fork of the Flathead

530pm: It takes right around 90 minutes to drive from Whitefish to the Morrison Creek trailhead.  Delays and shenanigans associated with buying a car had me rushing to leave and forgetting a bunch of food I hadn’t packed, but I … Continue reading

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Bear aware, maybe

Last week a Forest Service law enforcement officer, Flathead native, and longtime recreator in bear country was killed by a bear near West Glacier.  According to rumor, and the local paper,  the bear was probably a Grizzly, and the gentleman … Continue reading

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Crown Packrafting guide: the next version

The Crown of the Continent Packrafting Guide has existed here, quiet and free to all, for a number of years.  It began as a list of waterways I thought might be good for floating, and as the seasons have rolled … Continue reading

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wilderness in Wilderness

The Bob is awesome. Video by Michael Reavis. Anyone who’s been out in the woods a lot and has been paying attention should be aware of this problem; that even the quietest, most fleeting and “natural” of human travel in … Continue reading

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