Don’t buy Trapper Badovinac’s Fly Fishing the Solitude: Montana if you’re expecting the author to reveal his favorite fishing spots. Though the author names a few creeks and rivers in western Montana, the book focuses more on educating the reader about how to stray from the crowded tailwaters and discover hidden streams in the backcountry. In keeping with this theme, Badovinac himself strays from the typical dry prose of most guidebooks to weave in laugh-out-loud stories and wisdom from a lifetime of guiding and travel. Fly Fishing the Solitude is an invaluable do-it-yourself guide that offers honest advice on everything from navigation to fly selection. Want to make a quick seine to examine a stream’s insect population? Try stretching panty hose around your net. Wondering about a remote stream’s trout population? Contact Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for their latest fish-shocking report. After reading the last page, you’ll want to find a topographic map, grab a two-weight rod, and head to the backcountry.