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Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:49pm Jimmy Lewis

Reviewing the latest from Confluence Films.

With a title like Providence, it's immediately clear that the most recent release from Confluence Films (set to premier on October 15) is about far more than inspiring you to fish. Yet, the achievement of the film is that it does just that, all while showcasing the logistics of shooting an exotic location on the far side of the world. In this case, that place is the Seychelles Islands off the east coast of Africa.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:30am Paul Sveum

The yin and yang of fly fishing.

A few months ago, I posted a grip-and-grin selfie with a spunky little rainbow I caught near Livingston. It was the last day of a 14-day trip, an excursion that forced me to ask myself if I really enjoy fly fishing. Or has it become a life-consuming obsession filled with hours of confidence-crushing refusals, mercifully pocked with occasional bouts of elation? While that mental road is one we all must go down once in a while, my frequent paying of that toll left my spiritual tank riding near “E”, and the thought of donning waders for another cold, windy, and underwhelming day of nymphing didn't exactly have me firing out of bed in the morning.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 2:34pm Stephanie Lynn

Post-spill data collection.

Last Thursday, the Gallatin River Task Force joined a team led by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to survey fish population on the South Fork of the West Fork (South Fork). We sampled directly above the confluence with Second Yellow Mule Creek (the drainage affected by the spill) and at three locations below the confluence. These sampling locations were chosen to provide context for the area in the absence of substantive historical data.

Gallatin River Task Force, Yellowstone Club Spill
Cutthroat checkup on the South Fork.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 - 11:50am Gallatin River ...

Winter fly-fishing tips.

While there might be a few fair-weather fishing days ahead, it's still a little on the cold side. Here are a few tricks to make your winter fishing a bit more enjoyable:

 Winter Fly Fishing Montana, Montana Fishing Outfitters

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 1:17pm David Tucker

Simplifying fly-fishing gear.

At O/B, we never shy away from decrying the overly outfitted fly fisherman. That's not to say that gear isn't important, and that you don't need a lot of it to trick a fish into taking a bite. But do you really need all of it, especially when you're starting out? The answer is simple: no. There are a few things you can't live without, however, and we're here to ID what those things are.

Fly Fishing Yellowstone, Redington Fly fishing

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:18pm David Tucker

Fishing advice for beginners, part I.

Learning to fly fish in Montana is as intimidating as asking a girl to dance at your 6th-grade mixer. Most likely, at first pass, you’ll be met with shame, embarrassment, and even bodily injury. But there’s also the possibility, however remote, of success. That slim margin for success is what brought me to a mountain stream on a recent June day to try my hand at the most Montanan of outdoor pursuits: tricking a fish into eating a fake bug. Here’s what I learned.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 2:52pm Scott Bosse

The Smith lands on Most Endangered Rivers list.

Every year since 1984, American Rivers has issued its America’s Most Endangered Rivers report to highlight ten rivers across the country that face a critical decision point over the next year that could determine their fate far into the future. The report garners national and even international media attention, and more importantly, has mobilized millions of Americans to take action on behalf of their favorite rivers.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:40pm Drew Pogge

An argument for reason.

I have no problem with people who fly fish for reasons unrelated to catching fish. The meditation. The rhythm. The communing with nature. These honest, unassuming people are not my concern. The people I disagree with—the people I’d like to drag down the Gallatin River in concrete galoshes—are the zealots who insist that fly fishing is not only the most righteous method of catching fish but also the most efficient. I have just one rebuttal to these claims: are you high?

Fly fishing, Montana Fishing
They'd be biting on bait.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:03pm Dave Reuss

Montana is known around the country for a lot of things, but making movies just isn't one of them. We don’t have the glossy, Hollywood sheen bred in cities like New York or Los Angeles, and most folks adjust their expectations accordingly when watching films assembled in the Big Sky state—or at least they did until Bozeman-based outfit Confluence Films came along.

And when they create movies as good as (or even better than) any other company in the business today, it’s hard not to feel a swell of hometown pride for Confluence and their latest venture into fishing cinematography: Waypoints.

Waypoints Poster 

As the fourth feature-length installment from Confluence, this film sends their cast to fly fish every corner of the map in their most ambitious endevour to date. They end up wetting a line in five of the most drool-worthy fishing locations in the world, including Chile, Japan, and St. Brandon's Atoll. Whether it's hunting monster pike in Alaska or wrestling the nightmare-inducing payara in Venezuela, every scene is shot with the masterful touch of lifelong fly-fishermen. 

 An everyday catch fishing St. Brandon's

But it can't all just be pulling fish the size of tree trunks from the most scenic rivers around the globe—the crux of any adventure-sports film is making the audience care about people doing it. To the relief of plot-craving fish-fanatics everywhere, the team expertly weaves in profiles and interviews, adding depth and soul to the beautifully shot film.

 Just another day rippin' lip

The premier screening is on Saturday, November 9 at the Ellen Theatre: the family show starts at 5pm and the late show kicks off at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12, available at both River’s Edge locations, Fins & Feathers, Montana Troutfitters, Rockford Coffee, and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. You can also get tickets at the Ellen Theatre Box Office or

 A monster Alaskan Pike

And after December 17, you can download Waypoints and their other three films at—just in time for Christmas.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 2:21pm Corinne Garcia

For the last decade, thousands of men and women every year have left their homes to experience the horrors of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. When they come back, they often need help healing their wounds and rebuilding their spirits. Imagine if more small communities around the country took in our nation's wounded soldiers and treated them like the significant, strong people they felt like before they went into battle?

Montana-made documentary Not Yet Begun to Fight is a perfect example of how well this model can work. The documentary focuses on five warriors who join retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings for a week of fly fishing in Montana through the Bozeman-based Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW). Filmmakers produced the film independently from the organization, looking to share stories of the warriors’ journeys once they returned home from war. 


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