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About mtbusman
Since I was eight years old I wanted to be a fly fisher. I think it originated in reading old Ted Trueblood articles in Field and Stream or Outdoor life. Bad thing was, nobody I knew fly fished. So I grew up spin fishing on rivers and lakes in California. Though he hadn't used since he was a young man, my dad had a pre WWII cane rod. I got his permission and borrowed it when I was in the seventh grade. It had an automatic reel on it and a level line. But I went to a nearby river and caught two trout on dry flies fished wet. I was hooked.

I eventually bought my own fiberglass rod with a Plueger Medalist reel. I began tying flies, starting with a Herter's fly tying kit. When I caught a big brook trout in a high Sierra Lake on a Light Hendrikson I tied myself, I was more firmly hooked. During high school a friend and I had a lot of fun catching and releasing sea run shad, drifting and twitching some bead-chain shad flies with sinking lines.

Didn't have much time for fly fishing duiring colleage and grad school. Got back into it when I got my first job, and somebody told me I needed a hobby. There was only one hobby I really loved: fishing!

My fishing improved in the early nineties when I was living in western Idaho. I began fishing with some friends and learning from them. When I moved to Montana I was blessed with wonderful opportunities for fly fishing. I've thrown buggers, drifted nymphs, and like so many others, I like dry fly fishing the best. Once again, some friends I made taught me so much about how to catch trout in different situations with different methods. I'm very grateful for the people from whom I have learned so much.

I still tie my own flies. In recent years, I have discovered I enjoy slowing down and savoring the moment, rather than rushing around to see how many fish I can catch. If it makes sense to anyone, I think I'm fishing for more than fish. Fly fishing is an important way I connect with the natural world and the spirit within me.
North Central Montana
Fly fishing year round, fly tying, running, reading and cooking.


"Sometimes the least important thing about fishing is fishing." --Roderick Haig-Brown


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