With our first annual or semi-annual guide school behind us, it is time to start looking down the road to what is in store this summer. Before I do that – I need to shout out to the students and instructors that made the week of guide school such a success. To all the boys – Brian, Quentin, Marty, Tolman, Charlie and Colton – thanks for braving the global pandemic and making this happen. Without you we wouldn’t have had much to talk about.

Ok, that may not be completely true. Whenever myself, Hudgens, Agee, Weck, Klug and a bottle of whiskey find a campfire – there are no shortage of things to talk about. Thanks guys. That was a long but rewarding week.

Looking forward, it is possible that we have already seen our peak flows on the Big Hole. I am hearing about Caddis that are better late than never, and suspect we sill see Stoneflies in the next 10 days.

As a direct result of airlines, travel restrictions, quarantines, and fear of the unknown – we have plenty of availability throughout the summer. Although some weeks are filled, a large percentage are not. If you are thinking about visiting Montana this summer, it’s my guess you will see a Montana much like “The way it used to be”. Less people, more trout. I know I am enjoying it so far.

Thanks for reading, and as always – keep casting.