Belize 1 & 2: Sunburns and Permit

North 40 fly shop is live in Belize and are loving the accommodations this year.  “Big improvement over past years,” says Paul.   I received a snapchat from Joe late after the first day.  I think he was trying to make me feel better with this…  …didn’t work.  They were still taking shots at Permit all… Read More


Sharing the Swing

One of the best things about working in the North 40 Fly Shop is meeting other fly fishers and talking fish and fly fishing.  I call it the fishing flap.  Jeff comes into the shop from time to time and we usually get wrapped up in deep fishy conversations.  Jeff has been bitten by the… Read More


And Belize Begins

We’re on our way to Belize and it started slowly….very slowly.  Denver’s flight out of CDA was delayed and so was ours out of GF…so what do we do?  Joe and I busted out our fly boxes to compare what we tied…I think we are prepared.  We dragged out our gear to see what we… Read More

Mo Report: Midges

Mo Report: Midges

The water is a fishy and buggy 44 degrees plus.  The flows are holding between 38 and 3900 cfs.  There are often swirling vortices of hatching midges covering the water.  Baetis are showing more and more, with strong hatches occurring closer to Cascade.  I fished a piece of water on Tuesday that was covered in tiny… Read More

Lake Pend Orielle

Lake Pend Oreille Report

Temperatures are warming up in the town of Sandpoint, ID.  With the warm weather, the river’s and creek’s blow out is shutting down any fishing opportunities we have…except one.   One really big important one that I have been chasing for 10 years now with marginal success. Each year the temperature warms up and I… Read More

Great Falls MT

Great Falls: Best Place to Fish in Montana

There are 1763 cool places to fish in Montana, and I’ve been lucky enough to fish a percentage of those spots (absolutely no information given so far).  This past weekend I spent on the Bitterroot near Darby and then down by Stevensville, a very well known spring skwala hatch, and surprisingly we had very little… Read More

Fall Stoke

Fall Stoke Film Fest: Call for Submissions!

We love when we can sense spring coming and we start thinking about the skwala hatch and Mother’s Day Caddis and F3T and IF4, and everything else about warm weather fishing… BUT we like fall just as much.  After lots of sun, weeds, and hot weather we are stoked for swinging steelhead, stripping streamers for… Read More


Bitterroot Report

My wife and I fished the Bitterroot this weekend from Darby all the way down to Stevensville (her birthday/her choice).  It was awesome, I always hear how it’s such a zoo and not worth it.  I guess wind, rain, and snow scares the crowds off in Missoula because we didn’t see hardly anyone all weekend.  Lots… Read More

calvins banned intruder

Calvin’s Banned Intruder

This intruder can be tied in various sizes and colors. It is very easy and quick to tie and still maintains a great profile with lots of movement in the water. This is my go to intruder for many of the steelhead rivers in the Northwest when I need to create flies quickly. Material List:… Read More

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