The Call of Adventure – a Fly Fishing trip to Montana

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

The call of adventure and exploring new places pulls at us continually. It inspires “Moments of Discovery” where we step outside our normal paths and discover something/somewhere new for the day or weekend. Our “Adventure-mobile” as it is dubbed is nearly always loaded and ready take us and the pups off to new places.

With so much to explore, we need something to be our compass. Something which guides and inspires us to seek out new places. Many times it has been food, whether that be apple picking, driving 8 hours one-way for a restaurant, or going dumpling diving in LA.

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

Over the past few years we’ve found another compass. Fly fishing. We’ve always loved the outdoors and hiking, and for the pups, river water and stream side life it about as good as it gets. As Sierra, our nearly 12-year old boxer slows down with age, we want to make sure we share as many adventures with her as we can.  Although I grew up fishing on the creek running through our ranch, fly fishing is new to me but there is something special which resonates within. And so it has become the compass often leading us on our adventures.

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

So for last year’s grand adventure, we decided on a 10-day road trip to Montana. We’d never been to Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks, and in Montana the fly fishing is nearly a religion. Deciding on a fall trip, the crowds would be less, the fishing still good, and with a bit of luck the weather would be mild for Sierra and her aging body.

Watch a few snippets of our Montana Fly Fishing Adventures:

It was a bit of a haul getting there from southern California. A solid 2-day drive, but the time on the road was filled with laughter, music, some singing best left unheard outside of the car, new sights, doggie breathe (which we could have done with a little less of but at least they weren’t gassy 😉 ), and lots of great conversations. Although the destination was Montana, the journey there was just as an important part of the adventure.

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

Lexi and Sierra love The Madison

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

The time spent in Montana was as grand as the skies. The rivers and creeks were beautiful and we managed to catch a few fish. The people were kind, the food and drink were good (had one of the best steaks ever in Bozeman and there was a distillery in Missoula making some legit whiskey and gin), and we were filled with memories which will stay with us forever. Us and the pups out on a Montana adventure.

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

So as this year is already quickly rolling on we pause to look at our compass and see where it may guide us. What adventures lie ahead?

What is your compass and where will it lead you?

-Todd and Diane

Read about our fly fishing in Colorado with Dad + “Episodes of a Novice Fly Fisherman in Southern California” to come in the future.

Montana Fly Fishing Trip in Bozeman, Missoula, Bitterroot mountains and the Madison River | @whiteonrice

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Cathy Buchanan

    So glad you were able to come up to Montana and enjoy the great outdoors. As one who hails from So. Cal the move to Montana 11 years ago is one that I don’t regret! Always someplace new to explore. Fly fishing is the best!

    1. Todd & Diane

      We had such a great time in Montana. Can’t wait to explore more!

  2. Sweet Tea Sweetie

    What a fun experience!
    Kari

    1. Todd & Diane

      It was such a great time. We loved every minute of it!

  3. Gina Kleinworth

    I love seeing that you two made it up this way for some time with nature. It sure is a great time of year to be up here.

    1. Todd & Diane

      It was actually back in September when we were there. We were hoping to make a trip this spring but couldn’t make it happen this year. Hopefully next spring!

  4. Georgette

    Merci pour ces belles aventures accompagnées de vos amis les chiens !!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Merci beaucoup Georgette! Notre chiens Lexi et Sierra, ils adorent les rivières. Vacances!

  5. Heather Shoberg

    Now I want to go back and re-read A River Runs Through It. My 9th grade English teacher was a fly fisherman and thanks to him I read this book and loved it (more than the movie).

    1. Todd & Diane

      Norman Maclean has inspired more people to become fly fishermen/women and to fall in love with Montana than just about everything else combined. He opened a whole new world for me. I need to re-read it again to. Like visiting an old friend.

  6. gringalicioustori

    This is a great post!!!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Thanks!

  7. SomethingNewForDinner

    I especially love the dog photos!

    1. Todd & Diane

      The pups make the trip! Wouldn’t be half the fun without them. 🙂

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