Category Archives: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

Firehole Sticks in the Salt

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

My experiences so far with the new barbless hooks called Firehole Sticks has been great. Overall, they are a joy to tie on and make for some attractive looking flies. Firehole Sticks are a no brainer for freshwater flies, but I wondered how they might hold up under saltwater conditions. If you read just about any blog or article on fly fishing for speckled sea trout or snook, authors encourage anglers to pinch the barbs to protect the tender mouths of snook and trout. A 2010 article in Saltwater Sportsman went into a lot of detail on the best hooks for de-barbing flies and their use in saltwater. Clearly there is an application for barbless fly hooks in the saltwater environment. more…

800 Words and Cannibals

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

There is an Australian television series that is currently being broadcast on one of the internet streaming services called 800 Words. The plot is straight forward where an Australian writer moves his family from Sydney to a remote town in New Zealand. In Sydney he wrote a weekly column for a prominent Sydney publication that always contained exactly 800 words. He continued the tradition in New Zealand and a significant undercurrent of the show’s weekly plot was his struggle to find the right topic for his weekly column. Of course, that struggle was inevitably tied to the ongoing plot lines in the series. As in everything in fictional television, he succeeded.
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Disparate Pirates of the Rockies and Mountain West

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Rivaled only by the rainbow trout for the greatest number of distinct subspecies, the cutthroat trout of the American West provides the adventurous trout angler a unique challenge.  A challenge I must say that I’ve not yet tackled. But still with 14 recognized sub-species or strains, the cutthroat trout remains one of the great angling challenges in the American West.  I’ve been lucky enough to catch four of those subspecies but will likely never see them all. On the other hand, Cutthroat trout, Oncoryhnchus clarki make for great reading as well as angling.  Along with the rainbow trout, they are the “native” trout of the American West.  Surprisingly, the cutthroat trout was also the first North American trout described by Europeans.  In 1541, Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado recorded seeing trout in the Pecos River near Santa Fe, New Mexico. These were most likely Rio Grande cutthroat trout (O. c. virginalis).  The Rio Grande cutthroat is the southern-most variety of cutthroat and has a stable but small foothold in the mountains around Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This is one I haven’t tried for yet. more…