Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

It is less than 30 days before the trip down under to OZ begins. My last Montana trout trip was well back in October of last year. Winter has been inevitably long here in SW Montana. A couple of saltwater trips to the Florida Gulf Coast reminded me that I still knew how to operate a fly rod, but I do long for some real trout. A new fly shop opened in Bozeman. That’s number eight if you count the two big sporting goods stores. Some California entrepreneur looking to cash in on the trout Mecca that is SW Montana. My fly tying has been pretty much nonstop all winter. First, I had to put together some saltwater boxes and that got me into several new materials and techniques. Of course, the trip to OZ required some serious tying to deal with the bizarre flies they seem to prefer down under. And, as I’ve done in previous years, I needed to tie up a gross of Montana flies as auction material for the annual Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited fundraising banquet. In new Tacky Fly Boxes donated by J. Stockard, the flies did their part in helping the MGTU raise over $45,000 at this year’s banquet.

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