Trout Bum of the Week XXXIX: Lisa Savard


A fishing guide for more than two decades, Lisa Savard now shares her knowledge with others..
Photo by Tim Savard

Lisa Savard runs Savard Hospitality Consulting, along with her husband Tim, from their home alongside Rock Creek near Clinton, Montana. Before they moved out West in 2014, Lisa and Tim owned and operated Lopstick Lodge & Cabins in Pittsburg, New Hampshire for. . .

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Vote to Protect Clean Water and Ensure Responsible Mining in Montana

On Election Day, November 6, Montanans will have the opportunity to make a powerful statement in support of clean water by voting YES on I-186, known as the Requirements for Permits and Reclamation Plans of New Hard Rock Mines Initiative. If . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Fall in Missoula, Montana

Written by: John Herzer,  Blackfoot River Outfitters


John Herzer celebrates a nice fall trout with a client.
Photo courtesy John Herzer

The rivers around Missoula, Montana--Rock Creek, the Big Blackfoot, the Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork--are already showing signs of the changing seasons. Shorter, cooler days are keeping . . .

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Photos and Story: Learning the Ropes in Yellowstone

Written by: Will Bayha


Will and Bridgit in the Lamar River canyon, in Yellowstone National Park.
Photos courtesy Will Bayha

When I first heard about the Orvis 50/50 On the Water campaign, I loved the idea to inspire and celebrate women in fly fishing. I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do with my girlfriend, . . .

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Pro Tips: Making the Most of the “Trico Trance”

Written by:Nick Chiasson, Forrester's Bighorn River Resort


You can catch surprisingly big trout on tiny Trico patterns when the fish go into a trance.
Photo courtesy Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

It's Trico time again on the Bighorn River, and it seems that each year, the hatch gets longer and longer. Tricos are an incredibly fun dry flies to fish, especially on rivers like the Bighorn that . . .

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Pro Tips: Skate Your Way to More Trout

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Caddisfly hatches can be thick, but some of the best fishing occurs when the bugs return to lay eggs.
Photos courtesy of Montana Angler Fly Fishing

When we are first learning to fly fish, the concept of the dead drift is constantly reinforced. Many beginners are taught that trout won’t eat a fly unless it has zero drag on it and is drifting along . . .

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January on the Madison Can Be a Blast

Written by: John McKinnie


A bluebird day on the Madison chases the winter blues away.
All photos by John McKinnie

We were headed to the Madison on a blustery January day. We departed the ranch around 8 a.m. with the temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. As we drove through the Gallatin Canyon. . .

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ACTION ALERT: Montana DEQ to Hold Public Meetings on Proposed Mine in Smith River Headwaters


image via http://smithriverwatch.org

The Smith River–Montana’s only permitted recreational river–is renowned for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and incredible trout fishery. A small Canadian mining startup, Tintina Resources, . . .

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