Thanks to Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, my partner Renee Catherine and I will be heading to Big Sky Country tomorrow! FTJ Magazine and I have been working on an article based on the Bitterroot River outside of Missoula, Montana. The article captures the role that many of the Bitterroot sloughs and side channels have on the fishery.
Having spent almost three years in Missoula, Montana on and off, I explored the Bitterroot to it's fullest potential, and needless to say it never let me down. The 'Root' as we call it, can be a little overwhelming to anglers who haven't fished it before. In much of its lower mileage, the river runs slow, deep, and wide - making it appear hard to fish. Although this can be true, there are plenty of side channels, islands, and oxbows that help break this rather large river down more appropriately. This is what my article for FTJ Magazine on "The Bitterroot Backsloughs" is all about: Hitting the smaller channels that are more manageable and still getting BIG FISH results.
It's been an honor to work with FTJ, and the article is going to be killer. Renee Catherine's photography will of course shine through as always, and hopefully we'll have plenty of grip-n-grins! I can't wait to get back to Missoula, see those mountains and smell that pine, fish hard, and drink some of the countries finest local brews! Cheers and Tight Lines to everybody everywhere!!!