Monday, February 18, 2019

Valentine's Day in Montana, Sunshhine Heart Hands!





Check out the latest podcast on The Montana Dream Cast!

Valentine's Day in Montana, Sunshhine Heart Hands!

The pic above will make more sense when you get to the end of the cast. If you look close, there's a skwala that had landed on the net while I was taking the photo. Skwala season is coming soon...starting to get the itch.

Keep 'em where they live...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Randomness Makes Life More Interesting




Check out this week's, The Montana Dream Cast! It's cold out here in Montana. Real cold and I'm still trying to kill an elk. It's supposed to be easy right now as the snow has pushed the elk down from the high country. Here's the deal; the cold and snow also makes it incredibly difficult on the hunter. The photo above was shot as I got into my truck after hiking about 3 1/2 miles through thigh deep snow. The temperature was zero degrees. No elk.

The next day, I went down hill to where the snow wasn't so deep. The elk were there at some point but another 4 mile trek and I came up empty. While I was driving out, a random truck pulled up and pointed me in the right direction, which just so happened to be about 500 yards from where the sign-in box was. Yep, about a half a dozen elk stood right up above the parking area and box where you sign in to get permission to hunt this area.

With a half hour of legal shooting light, I took off up the hill and got close enough for a shot. It was so cold, my range finder crapped out on me. I guessed the range and took a shot but was low. I made the adjustment and "click!" Misfired...twice. You can hear more about that hunt and fishing from last week on the podcast. Yeah, fishing. It went from mid-fifties last Saturday to yesterday topping out where I was hunting at negative 20.

Randomness Makes Life More Interesting

We also talked about the snow situation out here in Montana, which is high priority for folks trying to pick the best time to come out. It looks pretty good.


Keep 'em where they live...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Holy Cold Front Batman


John Chase with the first of many on the Mo. Yesterday. It's February 2, 2019 and with temps in the low-to-mid 50's, you might as well fish...

Here's the deal. You also better be prepared for just about anything. It was 52 degrees when we got on the water at 10:30 am. We were about a mile from our take-out when the wind shifted out of the North and the temps dropped. We quit fishing, turned the boat around so that the stern of the LP Clackacraft was pointing down stream and we started pulling on the Sawyer Square Tops. (Those are the oars I row with. http://www.paddlesandoars.com/Oars/SAWYER-SQUARE-TOP-OAR/)

A half-hour later, we were at the boat ramp and my truck said it was 30 degrees. By the time we buttoned things up and headed down the road, it was 23 degrees. When we got over the pass and down the hill coming into Helena, the temp was back up to 47 degrees. Of course, that didn't last long as the front caught up to us. Today's highs for Helena, Montana are single digits with heavy snow. The next two days aren't going to get any warmer. It's a great day for a Super Bowl!

Yes, the fishing this time of the year can be pretty damn good but be prepared. Before the front moved in, we were doing really well--so good that usually we would switch up rowers ever couple fish but we scrapped that rule because we would have been switching up the order more than fishing. We never changed flies either. A UV Grey Czech and a tail water sow is all it took. Once the temps dropped, the fishing followed suit but it was definitely worth getting out with the boys. John LaRue finally got a chance to meet John Chase and a solid day on the river with some solid folks ensued.

Lesson of the day was not to be prepared for the weather though. What was that line in "A River Runs Through It?" Something about NEVER being late for fishing, or I guess hunting too? I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin...you know who I'm talking about.

Keep 'em where they live...

Friday, February 1, 2019

Didn't You Just Move Here?

Didn't You Just Move Here?

Check out the latest "The Montana Dream Cast" for updates on all that is Montana. This week, we interview the boys from Ten Mile Creek Brewing Company.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Brett Veltri on The Montana Dream Cast



It's winter out here in Montana, which means I fill up my time doing things like producing a podcast, writing on this blog and producing GoPro videos of duck and goose hunting. This last podcast, I had local musician, Brett Veltri, in studio to record a few songs and talk about the Helena music scene. Check it out and listen to the end to see how you can get put in for a FREE fishing trip on the Mo!

Brett Veltri on The Montana Dream Cast

A common topic for this time of the year is snow pack. Here's today's map. When we talked about it on the podcast, the map looked much better. We recently got some snow but obviously not enough to move the needle to the plus side of things in most of the state. It's still early and February and March can make up for a slow start to the winter. We shall see.


Also, check out the latest video of the 2018-2019 waterfowl season in Montana and then subscribe to The Montana Dream YouTube channel. It's filled with videos of working, playing and living the Montana Dream.





Keep 'em where they live...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Good Morning Little School Girl (By Parachute Adam)


Alright...I was having a little fun with the podcast audience, which probably wasn't fair. I apologize. I didn't have a local band to promote so I went back to a band I was in about 10 years ago called Parachute Adam. The last place Parachute Adam performed was at Jester's in Helena. It was right after that, that our drummer disappeared and bringing in another drummer just seemed like too much work. Plus, it was eerily paralleling the Spinal Tap saga, (best rock documentary every by the way,) and nobody wants to witness any spontaneous human combustion. So I recorded a couple songs in my studio and I'm calling the band Parachute Adam--band members include, Russ Dobrzynski on vocals, Russ Dobrzynski on guitars, Russ Dobrzynski on percussion, Russ Dobrzynski on bass. I know, it's kind of lame but Boston started out with a couple dudes in a basement too... Maybe someday I'll bring some folks in and we'll get the actual band together. Listen in on the podcast from last week and with this information, you might win a free trip.


It's snowing like a mutha today, which is good for the upcoming season. I know people are kind of wigging out a bit on the lack of snow but this should help. Here's the snow pack map from Snotel from yesterday:


A couple inches of snow probably won't move the needle too much but it is something and it should help. Looks like winter is finally here. Hopefully she sticks around for a couple months anyway.

Keep 'em where they live...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Return of The Montana Dream Cast

The Return of The Montana Dream Cast

Yes. We are doing the podcast again as long as my co-hosts don't bail. Actually, I have a good friend helping out; John Chase. We are playing around with it and we'll see where it goes.

This week we talk Snotel, John's transitioning to the Rockies, winter fishing and Beef of the Week...f'n jet-sleds.

My beef has to do with the Dan Patrick Show.

Keep 'em where they live...

Oh yeah. I'm giving away free trips! Just listen in for details.