Spring 2017

Outside Bozeman Spring 2017
Nothing feels quite as good as the first day of spring: birds chirping, sun shining, trails drying, and a new issue of Outside Bozeman to inspire this season's outdoor adventure. For this year, we have off-the-beaten path road-trips, ski-moutaineering objectives, the season's best gear, and much, much more. Whether you've been waiting all winter for spring's first hatch, or the crowded confines of the climbing gym are on your last nerve, take advantage and head outside—to the river, the crag, the trail, or the campground. And bring along O/B to start planning your next epic. 

 

 

Features

Lower Madison River, Fishing montana, fly fishing, floating
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John Way
The lower Madison in spring. Spring is a tricky season for the angler: weather is unpredictable, fish are elusive, and stream flows are in constant flux. Finding a waterway worthy of your time and effort can be challenging, but where there’s a will there’s a way.That said, spring is also an... Details
Montana Bighorn Sheep, Gravelly Mountains
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Don Thomas
Like a herd of rutting rams, various parties butt heads over bighorn-sheep management in southwest Montana—but others are figuring out ways to work together.Great abundance of the Argalia or big-horned animals in the high country through which this river passes. —Meriwether Lewis, May 29, 1805The “... Details
Montana Fly Fishing, Yellowstone River
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Dan Gigone
It's easier to see clearly when you know where to look. I lost my lanyard while fishing yesterday. Or so I thought. It started out as a relatively warm early-spring day nymphing on the Yellowstone River, sun occasionally peeking through the clouds, with only moderate wind, nothing like the gales... Details
Gallatin Peak, Spanish Peaks, Ski Mountaineering
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Simon Peterson
Spring skiing in the Madison Range.  Arguably the most iconic mountain on the Bozeman skyline, Gallatin Peak is an ideal target for a spring skiing adventure. With a variety of skiable runs, its pinnacle tops out at 11,020 feet, making it the highest summit in the Spanish Peaks. Perhaps the most... Details
Big Hole Valley, Montana Road-Trips
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the editors
Under-the-radar spring trips. Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.—Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” Few excursions swell the heart of the outdoor enthusiast like a spring road-trip. The sense... Details

Departments

Face-off, Tacoma, Outback
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the editors
Adventure vehicles abound around Bozeman, and like streamflows, these envy-inducing gear-haulers reach their peak in spring. Loaded down with every imaginable item of outdoor equipment—bikes, skis, paddleboards, driftboats, et al—they conjure pulse-raising images of multisport excursions near and... Details
Mother's Day Caddis Hatch, Fly Fishing Montana
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Jimmy Armijo-Grover
Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch. Still suffering from cabin fever? Well, it’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get ready for the first big hatch of the year, the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch.This hatch is best experienced in person, as it has to be fished to truly be appreciated. It’s... Details
Wild-Mushroom Risotto
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Simon Peterson
Or wild-mushroom risotto, 'round these parts.  The wild morels and chanterelles you collect this spring shine in a risotto, as they complement the rich, creamy flavor with a robust, nutty taste. Chanterelles add a distinct apricot-like odor and flavor, while morels tend to add a tinge of smokiness... Details
Altitude Athletics, Bozeman Crossfit
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John Murie
Adjusting your workout routine. For some, getting outside can make the difference in a successful exercise program, versus fading into the monotony of a gym routine. This is, in part, why programs like CrossFit have been so successful—they prepare you for all types of activities and are almost... Details
Copper City Trails, Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association
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David Tucker
Bozeman mountain bikers have long craved a three-season destination close to town, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Bozeman’s Tim Hawke, they’re going to get their wish. The Bureau of Land Management has approved Tim’s proposal for 30 miles of trail at Copper City, a swath of scrub and rolling... Details
Spring Photography, Motion Photography
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Conor Glesner
Shooting moving objects. Moving subjects can be the single-hardest thing for a photographer to tackle. In fact, they can be so unpredictable that even professional sports and wildlife photographers are never sure what exactly they might get out of any given shoot. But what the pros have on their... Details
Yellowstone River Fish Kill, Montana Invasive Species
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Andrea Jones, FWP
Last year’s massive whitefish kill on the Yellowstone River was bad, but for Montana anglers, it may be a signal of what's to come. Last February, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that the Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, East Gallatin, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Shields (at the Yellowstone),... Details
Montana Prairie Voles
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Barbara Lee
Seems we're not so different after all. When a couple first gets together, they can be pretty obsessed with one another. True love means a long-term commitment, but sometimes there’s cheating on the side. If the couple has kids, in general both parents are involved in raising them. And some guys... Details
DIY Pete, DIY Bike Storage
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Pete Sveen
Wall-mounted bike storage. Storing a bicycle in your home can be an inconvenience. After doing some research on bike racks, I came across a great-looking wall-mounted model selling for much more than I wanted to pay. I knew I could make something similar for a fraction of the cost. Off to the... Details
Gallatin History Museum
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William Ginn shows off his catch in this back-in-the-day version of the grip-and-grin. His trout were big, he kept them all, and he looked damn good doing it in a wool cap and suit. Yes, times have changed. These days he’d need a flat-brim trucker hat, a fly-patterned buff, and a UV-resistant tech-... Details
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Staying active in the public-lands fight is essential to ensuring victory for outdoor recreation, public access, and wildlife protection. Below you'll find all the information you need to make a difference.  Address emails to:Montana State Senate (2017 session)[email protected], nancyballance@... Details
Excel Physical Therapy, Running Myths
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Megan Peach
Popular running myths debunked. It’s that time of year again, when we hang up our skis and dust off the running shoes for a mud-laden lap or two. When starting your spring training, avoid making some classic mistakes—and getting injured—due to myth and misinformation. This is Mythbusters, running... Details
Fishing Etiquette, Fly Fishing Etiquette
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the editors
Dos and don'ts on the river.In fishing, as in life, etiquette is important. But we seem to have backslid a bit, into a more chaotic pattern of self-obsessed slights, ongoing offenses, and odious infractions that degrade the angling experience. To avert fishing fisticuffs and streamside vigilantism... Details
Gallatin River Runoff, Bozeman, Montana
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the editors
The Gallatin River is our backyard playground—we fish it, paddle it, swim it, hunt it, meander it. Come spring, it’s more dynamic than ever, waking from a season-long slumber, roaring to life once again. Here are some facts and figures about Bozeman’s beloved local waterway. Etymology: Albert... Details
Pet Advice, Sid Gustafson
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Dr. Sid Gustafson
Pet questions for spring. We all have questions about our pets, but few of us have expert answers. That’s why we asked a pro—here’s what longtime Bozeman-area vet Dr. Sid Gustafson had to say. —the editors1. Should I be concerned about my dog getting into winterkill? Why?Yes, you should be... Details
Wave Train Kayak School, Youth Kayaking, Bozeman
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David Tucker
Getting Bozeman's youth in motion. Kids these days, we all say, shaking our heads as if we were any different. And of course, we were different, but only because our circumstances made us so. There were no iPhones, no social media, and no virtual-reality goggles. We went outside because TV got... Details
Beartooth Pass, Pet Advice, Bozeman
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Simon Peterson
A canine slide-for-life.  Skiing with canine comrades is one of the most rewarding experiences dog-owners can have, but it can also be one of the riskiest. The objective hazards of alpine recreation require a different interpretation when traveling with man’s best friend. Understanding these... Details
Gallatin Valley Agriculture, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana Land Reliance
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Orville Bach
Connecting the two in Gallatin Valley. A few years ago, I attended a presentation by Randy Brown who at the time was the executive director of the Foothills Land Conservancy. The group is dedicated to preserving open space around the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, similar to the work the... Details
Public Lands Heist, Winter Wildlands Alliance, Outdoor Alliance Montana
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Hilary Eisen
A national issue comes home. Last October, the state of Utah sold off almost 400 acres of state-owned land in an area known as Comb Ridge. Normally, this wouldn’t make the news in Montana, but it’s part of a larger story.The transfer of federal lands to states, and the possibility that those lands... Details
Jelt Belt, Bozeman Businesses
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Kira Stoops
Jelt Belt keeps Bozemanites from cracking. Meet Jennifer Fait Perry, self-declared tomboy (“it’s amazing that I haven’t grown balls yet”) and proud founder/owner/inventor of Jelt, Bozeman’s adventure-belt company.O/B: Tell us about the moment you decided to launch Jelt, and spare us no details.JFP... Details
Adventure Scientists, Gallatin Microplastics Initiative
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Katie C.S. Holsinger
Adventure, science & microplastics in the Gallatin.  The Gallatin River is Bozeman’s lifeblood: Bozemanites depend on this river system for drinking water, love it for its recreational opportunities, and recognize its importance to maintaining a healthy, functional natural environment.But all... Details
Beaverhead Trails Coalition, High Trails, Dillon
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Ted Lange
Two (great) reasons to visit Dillon this spring. Snowy mountain ranges frame Montana’s big sky in almost every direction as you take a deep breath of crisp, sage-scented air. You shift your gaze down to the Beaverhead River, glistening as it winds through the valley far below. It’s mud season, but... Details
Wave Train Kayak School, Spring Kayaking
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Dave Zinn
Spring paddling safety. As spring settles into the northern Rockies, whitewater enthusiasts eagerly watch the weather, waiting for winter snowmelt to come roaring down the rivers. In southwest Montana, river-runners appear from near and far to enjoy this lively stage of the hydrologic cycle.... Details
Montana Panoramic, Spring Camping, Bozeman
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David Tucker
Lowland camping this spring.   By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all got cabin fever. And even if you spent the winter outside, skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing, when’s the last time you slept under the stars? As temperatures rise, the urge to camp grows, soon outpacing the languid melt-... Details
Spring Trail Running, The Ridge Run, Devil's Backbone
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Zach Altman
Training for summer trail races. Southwest Montana is undoubtedly a Mecca for mountain trail running. Not only do we have alpine opportunities just minutes from our doorstep, but we have some burly mountain races as well. With the Rut, Devil’s Backbone, the Ridge Run, the Bangtail Divide, and many... Details
Whiskey Gulch, Tobacco Roots, Bouldering
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Kevin Kennedy
Quenching the spring-climbing thirst. If you’re a rock climber in Bozeman, you’ve probably found yourself seasonally confused. One day, a rogue storm will drop smoky cold powder and pull you to your skis and into the Bridger Range. The next, you long for a dry sunny day wrestling slabs of rock with... Details
Ski Mountaineering, Southwest Montana
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Drew Pogge
Spring ski mountaineering. Want to lay down some turns on a few local summits and couloirs this spring? Ski mountaineering is the name, and combining technical mountaineering with steep skiing is the game. But the stakes are often high in steep, exposed terrain and on firmer snow. Get the training... Details
Bozeman, Montana, Drew Pogge
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Drew Pogge
Choosing day by day.   “People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.” ―Jean-Paul SartreIt could be the season—spring is a time of abundant change—or maybe it’s the political and social climate we’ve been enduring, but lately many of my friends have been asking some... Details
Kayak Technique, Spring Kayaking
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Brian Fletcher
Improving your paddling technique. Spring run-off: Just the thought of all that snow melting out of the mountains and filling the rivers and creeks to their capacity is enough to get any kayaker’s heart pumping. Small creeks transform into raging torrents of frothing brown water, and rivers... Details
Custer Gallatin Road Openings
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Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, USFS
Spring is in the air and Custer Gallatin National Forest employees are busy across your forest. Here are some important dates to be aware of when planning your recreation this season.  Campground OpeningsGreek Creek and Moose Creek – May 5Red Cliff – May 11Spire Rock – May 16Langohr, Hood Creek... Details
Bozeman, BBC, CDT
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Drew Pogge
BZN gets short. Acronyms and abbreviations are useful (if often misconstrued) linguistic tools. Here’s a primer to a few that are common to southwest Montana, along with some misconstruction, just for fun.BBC—Bridger Bowl CloudAhhh yes, the phenomenon that dumps copious quantities of snow on... Details
Sklar Bikes, Adam Sklar, Gravel Grinding, Bozeman
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Adam Sklar
Dirt-road rides for spring. If you’re itching to ride but can’t wait for the trails to dry, dirt roads are where it’s at. A gravel-grinder is the best option, but hardtails and short-travel mountain bikes work, too. Here are some routes to consider this spring.Gallatin River: easy; 10 miles round-... Details
Bozeman Astronomy, Jupiter, Spring Stargazing
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Jim Manning
Tracking Jupiter this spring. Every range needs its boss to keep the cowboys on point and the cattle moving, and the range of the sky is no different. Look southward this spring on a pleasant, clear night and you’ll find the bright light that serves as the range boss of the sky.It will be easy to... Details

Gear Reviews

Purps Hydro & Fuel
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Mike England
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—this maxim is why I’ve never drunk vitamin water. Pop a pill, down it with a glass of agua—is that so hard? It’s certainly cheaper, healthier, and less wasteful. Then along came a sample box from Purps, whose Hydro thirst-quencher contains fruit and vegetable juice,... Details
Feedback Sports Pro-Elite
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David Tucker
Unless this was the winter you decided to fat-bike more, it’s probably been a few months since you took your steed for a gallop. Do yourself a favor: before returning to the trail, give ‘er a tune up. There’s basic maintenance you can do at home, and the Pro Elite from Feedback Sports is just the... Details
Hammer Nutrition Fully Charged
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Mike England
On some days lethargy reigns, and we struggle to summon the requisite motivation for the hike, bike, run, or gym workout that we so desperately need—and that, ironically, will release us from the very torpor that’s holding us back. When tea or coffee won’t cut it, give your waning willpower a boost... Details
Brinno TLC120
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Brandy Burke
The new Brinno TLC120 time-lapse camera makes a great travel accessory. It’s small enough to throw in a pack, it sets up anywhere, and it doesn’t require housing. Not a professional photographer? That’s okay—the Brinno app allows you to connect through your phone for a wide-angle field of view. It... Details
AMS Amphibian Hunter
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Mike England
While on the water, there’s no better way to safeguard your scattergun than with an AMS Amphibian Hunter gun case. This baby’s fully waterproof, with a super-tight, roll-top closure; it’s padded to protect against inadvertent impact; and it floats. Welded D-rings keeps it lashed to your craft, and... Details
Native Eyewear Sidecar
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Chris McCarthy
This time of year can be frustrating—I leave the house with clear skies but by the time I get to the trailhead the clouds have rolled in. If I go without shades on cloudy days, my eyes dry out from the wind, but if I wear my sunglasses I struggle to see in the trees. This dilemma led me to Native... Details
Katadyn BeFree
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Melissa Doar
When it comes to recreating in the great outdoors, hydration is essential. Thanks to the Katadyn BeFree filtration water flask, the guesswork has been taken out of where your next drink will come from, giving you a little extra peace of mind when venturing into the backcountry. This convenient... Details
Toad & Co. Chaka Skirt
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Angie Mangels
Despite being a tomboy, I find myself drawn to wearing skirts, mostly because they’re versatile, comfortable, easy to dress up or down, and look better than just wearing tights. The Chaka by Toad & Co. fits the bill perfectly for ready-to-go-anywhere attire. With a classic A-line silhouette,... Details
Rockport Trail Technique
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Simon Peterson
I walk a lot—around town and in the mountains—and I have struggled for years to find durable and practical shoes that fit my wide foot and also fit a modest budget. Thanks to the Rockport Trail Technique, I have to look no further. Providing an excellent balance between comfort, style, and... Details
Nemo Nocturne 15
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Chris McCarthy
I’ve never been a fan of mummy bags; I understand their usefulness when backpacking, but even then I’ve been known to take a traditional bag for comfort. NEMO must have read my mind because they’ve combined comfort and packability with their Nocturne 15. This spoon-shaped bag provides extra room at... Details
Hi-Tec Waimea Falls
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Melissa Doar
Rarely does a product come along whereby I find myself secretly hoping for the end of ski season in exchange for warmer temps. The super-comfy Hi-Tec Waimea Falls casual sandals actually had me contemplating such nonsense. These attractive, adjustable strappy sandals offer a secure customized fit.... Details
Therm-a-rest NeoAir All Season SV
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David Howlett
After two seasons of heavy abuse and several patch jobs, it was time for a new air mattress. I opted for the four-season, rugged, go-anywhere NeoAir All Season SV from Therm-A-Rest. It took several tries using the new SpeedValve, but once I got the hang of it, the mattress aired up quickly. Fully... Details
Arborwear Cedar Flex
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Mike England
Last year I destroyed my favorite pants, ripping out the backside as I bootie-scooted down a steep scree field below Mt. Cowan. I’d needed mobility for the climb, which meant I had to sacrifice durability on the descent—thick, tear-resistant pants just don’t bend where you need ’em to, right? Wrong... Details
The Dog Outdoors WalkingDog Plus
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Angie Mangels
Sometimes, you need to get your dog exercised quickly and across town safely by bike. The WalkyDog Plus bike leash is an ingenious yet simple product that gives you hands-free control while riding. Once you’ve secured the adjustable clamp to your seatpost, and the springs inside the leash-bar are... Details
Hoka OneOne Challenger ATR 3
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David Tucker
Spring in Bozeman means variable trail conditions, so if you’re going to spend time on the run, you’ll need a shoe that can handle it all. Enter the Challenger ATR 3 from Hoka One One. Out of the box, they’re extremely lightweight, meaning they’re agile on the trail, which is essential when picking... Details
Cycl WingLights
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Mike England
Spring’s here and it’s time to ride—which means it’s also time to worry about getting flattened by an F-350. Fret less with CYCL’s WingLights, a cool innovation for cyclists that offers visibility for drivers and peace of mind for you. These simple little gadgets plug right into your handlebar-ends... Details
Pearl Izumi Select Escape
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David Tucker
A lightweight shell is a staple and especially useful in spring. Whether you’re running, biking, hiking, or fishing, having a water-repellent windproof layer will keep you comfortable and safe when the weather turns. The Select Escape from Pearl Izumi is a no-frills option that is bike-specific. It... Details
Leatherman Signal
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David Tucker
If you could get 20 tools for $100, you’d do it, right? That pretty much describes the Signal from Leatherman, an new multi-tool with all the everyday essentials like a blade, screwdriver, and bottle-opener, plus new survival-specific items such as a fire-starting ferrocerium rod and emergency... Details
Otterbox 3250
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Mike England
OtterBox is back! That’s right, the original river-runner’s mini storage box, which kept cameras and other sensitive items safe and dry, has finally ended its hiatus. The 3250 may not be bright yellow like its predecessors, but it’s every bit as burly—the super-strong polycarbonate can take a... Details
Sabre Bear Spray & Bear Horn
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Mike England
There’s a new player in the bear-spray game, and they’ve added a new line of defense: the safety horn. It makes sense, right? Disrupt the raging bear’s behavior with as many sensory inputs as possible. Blast the charging bruin with the Frontiersman Bear Spray—its whopping 35-foot-long pepper cloud... Details
SealLine Bulkhead
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David Howlett
I spend a great deal of time fishing from my kayak, so protecting dry gear from becoming wet is incredibly important to me. I also need to maximize the limited storage space in my kayak’s bow hatch, which is why I use the Bulkhead tapered drybag from SealLine. This bag features an updated DrySeal... Details

Additional Articles

Bike Maintenance, Bike Tuning
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Steve Bjorklund
Whether you rode all winter or left your bike in the garage, spring’s combination of water, grit, and mud on your drivetrain will shorten the life of your parts. Here are some easy steps for a longer-lasting bike.1. Bathe your bike with soap and water, just like you would a car. Use a parts-... Details
Public-Lands Heist, Public-Lands Access
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Unknown Agitator
This folk rhyme was written in 17th-century England by an unknown agitator; in light of recent efforts to privatize wildlife and our priceless public landscapes, its message rings just as true today. —THE EDITORSThe law locks up the man or womanWho steals the goose from off the commonBut leaves the... Details
"An Early Riser" by Mary Maxam
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Sid Gustafson
I am instinctivelyAddicted to fishing,Innately I confess. With amigoed muskateersPescatelled in thoughtlessWaders deeply riffled I fish with ottersSnaking their furTails. Sigmoid herons, one-legging. Cold, stone-thatched banksShed their winter leaves—Wind scuttling them to water. Swirling jetsam,... Details

Book Reviews

Stories from Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places
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David Tucker
The mark of a great short-story collection is that each stands on its own, while at the same time contributing a necessary element to the overall volume. In Stories from Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places (University of Nebraska Press, $19), Bruce L. Smith’s stories do just that.... Details
Birds of Montana field guide
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Mike England
Bird books are like opinions and posterior apertures—everyone, it seems, has one. And sifting through the gaggle of options can be a tedious, untidy process, after which you may want to abandon bird-watching altogether. Not so with Stan Tekiela’s Birds of Montana (Adventure Publications, $15), an... Details
Blown Away Under the Big Sky
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Mike England
The “Big Sky PI” is back in John Holt’s second installment of his Ed Bouchee murder-mystery series. Blown Away Under the Big Sky (New Pulp Press, $15) takes the reader on a rollicking jaunt through life in small-town Montana, complete with fly fishing, epic landscapes, and a colorful cast of... Details

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