Taking my dad fishing.

I have been threatening to go and visit my dad for quite a while now. He moved from Denver down to Phoenix about 3 years ago and I had not seen him in 4 or 5 years. About a month ago I opened my inbox and saw a receipt for a round trip ticket. I
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Long Winters

I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty tired of THIS winter. I spent the last 38 years of my life in Montana, which is known as a damn cold state, but I do not remember any winters that rival this one for the amount of below zero days. At least all of
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Whitewater Winter Wonderland

I made it down to the Whitewater River yesterday near Rochester MN, the temps were great and so was the fishing. There was a layer of fresh snow on the ground and everything looked fresh and new. We made it to the river around noon and started fishing a shadowed section of the river. We
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Vices and Vises, by Russ Gontarek

Definition of Vise: a : any of various tools with two jaws for holding work that close usually by a screw, lever, or cam Definition of Vice: a : moral depravity or corruption : wickedness b : a moral fault or failing c : a habitual and usually trivial defect Homophones are a type of
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My favorite fly

You can call it what you want, and there are all sorts of variations out there. But in Montana we called it the JJ-Special. This fly brings back so many good memories for me. It was always the first fly my dad would tie on his line at the boat ramp on the banks of
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Geekin’ out with trout.

Yesterday my friend Adam, who is visiting from LA, and I decided to go film some trout in the Kinnickinnic River, even though temps were barely above zero. I had no idea what we would find in the depths of the Kinni in the middle of winter. It turns out that we found a TON
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Below Zero

Last year around this time I wandered over to the Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin to do a little exploring. It was -10 below zero when I left Saint Paul that morning, and I was really just curious what the Kinni looked like when the temps were so cold out. When I arrived at the Kinni,
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Winter, my fishing season.

Having been a guide in Montana, cranking out 100 days straight on the water was the norm, and I didn’t get too many personal days on the water. Every great once and a while I would have a day off in the summer, and of course I went fishing, but it was not enough to
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Turning 40 isn’t so bad!

As some of you may know, my amazing wife, Rhea, surprised me with a trip back to Montana for my 40th birthday. It was an amazing trip, and it was great to see family and friends. I ended up fishing the Gallatin River almost every day I was there, and the weather could not have
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