Big Hole River, Montana
Big Hole River, Montana

My heart is in the mountains and rivers of Montana.  This isn't a  big fish, but everything comes together in this photograph.  

Jim and a Lake Trout
Jim and a Lake Trout

My friend Jim Linehan and I back packed into Isle Royal on Lake Superior a few years ago.  Jim caught this fine Lake Trout casting from shore.  It was a great trip with a great friend.

Grayling
Grayling

High in the Pioneer Mountains, a Montana lake filled with eager Grayling.  

Brown Trout
Brown Trout

Deep into a Wisconsin spring creek where only Brook trout are supposed to be you'll sometimes see a swirl that makes you think hmmm, I sure hope that's a Brookie.  But never disappointed when it turns out to be old mister Brown.  

Brown Trout
Brown Trout

The trick is getting them to sit still for a photo.  

Fly rod was made by Larry Donahe.  He does beautiful work.  

Click here if you'd like to see more. 

http://www.donahesplitcanerods.com

March Brown
March Brown
Brown Trout Released
Brown Trout Released

Some of the creeks in the Driftless region are so clear, you have to be more of a hunter than a fisherman.  Crawl on hands and knees, strip out what you think is enough line, load your back cast and make one very accurate cast above feeding fish without spooking them.  Failure rate is very high, but when all the stars align you can walk back to your truck with a big ol' grin on your face.  

Brook Trout
Brook Trout

Way up in a Wisconsin Spring Creek.  Not an easy march into here, but well worth it.

Fly Rod Made by Dave Norling.

click here if you'd like to see more of Dave's work.

http://www.davenorling.com

Tiger Trout
Tiger Trout

On an assignment for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine I was lucky enough to land this beautiful and rare Tiger trout in SE. Minnesota.  The Tiger is a cross between and female Brown trout and a male Brook trout.  I've only caught three in my life.

Shoepack Musky
Shoepack Musky

Releasing another Shoepack Musky, Voyageurs National Park, MN.

Musky, Chippewa River Wisconsin
Musky, Chippewa River Wisconsin
Bob White and Musky
Bob White and Musky

Bob White noticed a big swirl below an eddy and grabbed a rod, swung the fly through and hooked into this nice emerald green Musky.  Chippewa River Wisconsin.

Bob is an amazing artist and writer.  You'd do yourself a favor if you looked at his website and signed up for his newsletter.

https://www.bobwhitestudio.com

Big Musky, Big Fly
Big Musky, Big Fly

An upper Mississippi Musky caught by Gabe Schubert (aka. Musky Jesus)

Dolly Varden
Dolly Varden

Bristol Bay Lodge, Alaska

Rainbow
Rainbow

Bristol Bay Lodge, Alaska

Brook Trout
Brook Trout

San Huberto Lodge, Argentina.

Cutthroat Trout
Cutthroat Trout

High Mountain Cutty.  Not the largest of the trip, but one of the most handsome.

Iowa Brown Trout
Iowa Brown Trout

On an assignment for the NewYork Times, trout fishing in NE Iowa.  I landed this 23" brute with a bamboo fly rod made by my friend Dave Norling.  

Underwater Brown Trout
Underwater Brown Trout

On assignment for the NY Times.

Underwater Brown Trout
Underwater Brown Trout

On assignment for the NY Times.

Underwater Brown
Underwater Brown

Funny, this Argentine Brown looks just like the ones we catch in Wisconsin.  San Huberto Lodge, Argentina.

 

Brown Trout
Brown Trout

When you land a 20" brown on a Wisconsin spring creek, it feels as if you landed a 28" brown on the Big Hole in Montana.  Well almost...

Steelhead
Steelhead

I landed a number of fine Steelhead this day on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  The Spalted Birch net was made by Lloyd D Hautajarvi out of Duluth MN.  They are wonderful nets, works of art. Click here if you'd like to see more of his nets. 

http://www.ldhnets.com/index.html

 

Superior Steelhead
Superior Steelhead
Chrome
Chrome

Dime bright hen Steelhead, somewhere on a stream way up north.

Pumpkin Seed
Pumpkin Seed

Many days I've spent with my dad slinging poppers to big Bluegills and Sun Fish in northern Minnesota.  Keeping a few for a meal of course.

Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye

One of Scott Struif's poppers did the trick for Shoepack Muskies.  On assignment for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine.

Carp
Carp

Door county Wisconsin, Lake Michigan. On assignment for MidWest Fly Fishing Magazine.  

Carp food
Carp food

Tail up and head down, carp cruise the flats hoovering these little guys off the bottom.

Imitation
Imitation

Patterns like this did the trick.

Big Hole River, Montana
Jim and a Lake Trout
Grayling
Brown Trout
Brown Trout
March Brown
Brown Trout Released
Brook Trout
Tiger Trout
Shoepack Musky
Musky, Chippewa River Wisconsin
Bob White and Musky
Big Musky, Big Fly
Dolly Varden
Rainbow
Brook Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Iowa Brown Trout
Underwater Brown Trout
Underwater Brown Trout
Underwater Brown
Brown Trout
Steelhead
Superior Steelhead
Chrome
Pumpkin Seed
Eye to Eye
Carp
Carp food
Imitation
Big Hole River, Montana

My heart is in the mountains and rivers of Montana.  This isn't a  big fish, but everything comes together in this photograph.  

Jim and a Lake Trout

My friend Jim Linehan and I back packed into Isle Royal on Lake Superior a few years ago.  Jim caught this fine Lake Trout casting from shore.  It was a great trip with a great friend.

Grayling

High in the Pioneer Mountains, a Montana lake filled with eager Grayling.  

Brown Trout

Deep into a Wisconsin spring creek where only Brook trout are supposed to be you'll sometimes see a swirl that makes you think hmmm, I sure hope that's a Brookie.  But never disappointed when it turns out to be old mister Brown.  

Brown Trout

The trick is getting them to sit still for a photo.  

Fly rod was made by Larry Donahe.  He does beautiful work.  

Click here if you'd like to see more. 

http://www.donahesplitcanerods.com

March Brown
Brown Trout Released

Some of the creeks in the Driftless region are so clear, you have to be more of a hunter than a fisherman.  Crawl on hands and knees, strip out what you think is enough line, load your back cast and make one very accurate cast above feeding fish without spooking them.  Failure rate is very high, but when all the stars align you can walk back to your truck with a big ol' grin on your face.  

Brook Trout

Way up in a Wisconsin Spring Creek.  Not an easy march into here, but well worth it.

Fly Rod Made by Dave Norling.

click here if you'd like to see more of Dave's work.

http://www.davenorling.com

Tiger Trout

On an assignment for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine I was lucky enough to land this beautiful and rare Tiger trout in SE. Minnesota.  The Tiger is a cross between and female Brown trout and a male Brook trout.  I've only caught three in my life.

Shoepack Musky

Releasing another Shoepack Musky, Voyageurs National Park, MN.

Musky, Chippewa River Wisconsin
Bob White and Musky

Bob White noticed a big swirl below an eddy and grabbed a rod, swung the fly through and hooked into this nice emerald green Musky.  Chippewa River Wisconsin.

Bob is an amazing artist and writer.  You'd do yourself a favor if you looked at his website and signed up for his newsletter.

https://www.bobwhitestudio.com

Big Musky, Big Fly

An upper Mississippi Musky caught by Gabe Schubert (aka. Musky Jesus)

Dolly Varden

Bristol Bay Lodge, Alaska

Rainbow

Bristol Bay Lodge, Alaska

Brook Trout

San Huberto Lodge, Argentina.

Cutthroat Trout

High Mountain Cutty.  Not the largest of the trip, but one of the most handsome.

Iowa Brown Trout

On an assignment for the NewYork Times, trout fishing in NE Iowa.  I landed this 23" brute with a bamboo fly rod made by my friend Dave Norling.  

Underwater Brown Trout

On assignment for the NY Times.

Underwater Brown Trout

On assignment for the NY Times.

Underwater Brown

Funny, this Argentine Brown looks just like the ones we catch in Wisconsin.  San Huberto Lodge, Argentina.

 

Brown Trout

When you land a 20" brown on a Wisconsin spring creek, it feels as if you landed a 28" brown on the Big Hole in Montana.  Well almost...

Steelhead

I landed a number of fine Steelhead this day on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  The Spalted Birch net was made by Lloyd D Hautajarvi out of Duluth MN.  They are wonderful nets, works of art. Click here if you'd like to see more of his nets. 

http://www.ldhnets.com/index.html

 

Superior Steelhead
Chrome

Dime bright hen Steelhead, somewhere on a stream way up north.

Pumpkin Seed

Many days I've spent with my dad slinging poppers to big Bluegills and Sun Fish in northern Minnesota.  Keeping a few for a meal of course.

Eye to Eye

One of Scott Struif's poppers did the trick for Shoepack Muskies.  On assignment for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine.

Carp

Door county Wisconsin, Lake Michigan. On assignment for MidWest Fly Fishing Magazine.  

Carp food

Tail up and head down, carp cruise the flats hoovering these little guys off the bottom.

Imitation

Patterns like this did the trick.

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