If you’re an angler, there are few fish so momentous as your first real lunker. It’s an initiation of sorts, and it sets the tone for much of what...

On the porch like night peelings, bags of red hackles. The fisherman is dressing, capes of moose mane around him. In his vise, he wraps the waist of a...

Eating at the Gallatin River Lodge and Grill is a lot like reconnecting with a long-lost friend. The kind of friend you have always loved but lost tou...

I used to fish the Blackfoot Indian Reservation and its array of prairie lakes every spring, just as the ice came off the surface of those waters and ...

For Jody and Sandi Marler, the move from fast-paced city living in Chicago, Illinois, to the serene mountains and rivers of Paradise Valley in Southwe...

As anglers, many of us have moments that define us — be it a first fish on a fly rod, bringing a steelhead, permit, or tigerfish to hand, or playing...

What do you pack for a day of fly fishing? Aside from the essentials, there are the elements to deal with: You’ll need layers to protect yourself fr...

Auction for the Arts The Arts Council of Big Sky hosts its sixth annual fundraising art auction Thursday, March 22 at Moonlight Lodge. The evening beg...

IN LIVINGSTON, MONTANA, barely a stone’s throw from the Yellowstone River, a handful of fly-fishing craftspeople are at the forefront of a burgeonin...

THE BIG HOLE RIVER has its start east of the Continental Divide in the Beaverheads, bubbling up from a complex of high-altitude rivulets and runs, sno...

SO HERE’S A THOUGHT: If you’ve taken up fly fishing, the trajectory of your progress — the map of your success — runs large to small. You ...

SOUTH OF THREE FORKS where the graveled Madison Road winds past cattle ranches, horse farms, and residences, there’s a unique, unmarked fishery at ...

WHEN MY WIFE AND I CRESTED THE FINAL mound of trail approaching Gneiss Lake in Montana’s Tobacco Root Mountains, the beauty of the jagged granite wa...

THUNDER BOOMED AND LIGHTNING STRUCK the valley below. Rain strafed the exposed granite ridge in windy gyres, but only briefly. Remnant water drops gli...

ANYONE WHO HAS FLOATED Montana’s Smith River surely has heard of Tenderfoot Creek, one of the main tributaries flowing into the legendary trout stre...

BACK IN MY EARLY 20s, when I was living in Big Sky, Montana, I dabbled in fly fishing. I knew enough to tie on flies (albeit slowly) and catch small (...

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee (Crown, $28) is a book about the famous Yellowstone wolves, specif...

Bozeman’s renovated Rialto theater reopens in January 2018, launching the historic theater’s first winter season in more than 10 years with a line...

It’s gift-giving season, but no matter the time of year or the occasion, why not give friends and family something with local flair? For the outdoor...

I was 14 or 15 years old when my father, Burl Jones, created a wildlife museum. This was a couple of miles south of Livingston, Montana, off Highway 8...

The story of dude ranching in the Rocky Mountain West is, in a way, the history of the contemporary West itself. Through the lens of ranching and recr...

When Alan Kallio was in high school, he was transfixed by an image of an ice boat he saw in National Geographic. Not long after, he was working in a l...

If you don’t believe Montana was once a land of skyscrapers, ask the wind. Decades ago, the infinite huff of the mountains and the high plains was r...

Usually it goes like this. I’m skiing in the backcountry, up Bear Canyon east of Bozeman or along one of the Yellowstone Park trails off U.S. Route ...

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J. Sharfstein (Norton, $29.95), is a hefty and thoughtful ...

The first time I raised a steelhead to a skated fly, I nearly wet my waders. That’s because I wasn’t really expecting a take, and when it happened...

People find a lot of ways to get into trouble in Teton County’s backcountry. And when they do, Stephanie Thomas and her team at Teton County Search ...

When the light was right, it was hard to keep Montana photographer Charles Edward Morris indoors; he wanted to be out on the plains with his camera. H...

The wind is howling. But also mewling. Ornate wicker feelings rip loose and tear off down valley. Cabin: half buried in snow. Bed springs: if I were d...

With a minimum of brushstrokes, Montana artist Shirle Wempner twirls the light. Her paintings jump with color, intuitively hitting the right notes, at...

The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC), based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, celebrated 25 years this fall, featuring cutting-edge, handcrafted...

Pairing wine with food is an art of sorts, and one that’s sometimes best left to the experts. With hunting season in full swing and freezers filling...