Next Stop, Hollywood?

For the 3rd year in a row, Simms chose to highlight one of Sweetwater Fly Shop’s own in their annual Ice Out Shoot Out short film competition. This year, the spotlight was on Tony V., one of the finest guides around, if we do say so ourselves. Check it out.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sweetwater outfitter and guide Charlie Conn scored himself a supporting role in one of the other films. Or should I say roles. Love the shorts, Charlie!

Guide Circus

The big city (Bozeman) is chock full of fish guides this weekend, even more than usual. They’re in town starting today for Simms’ annual Ice Out guide event. Chances are, some of the madness will spill over to our side of the hill, as many will use the trip as an excuse to get a little fishing (and bar-hopping) done. Just what we need, an even higher per-capita ratio of (out-of-town) fish guides!

Much of the 3-day event is just for the guides, but the general public can get in on a bit of the fun this year. The finals of the Guide Olympics competition are open to all comers (and free) tomorrow evening. Open to all spectators, that is, not competitors. The Guide Olympics features several events, including distance casting, drift-boat backing, and a cooler pull. Both the casting competition and overall winners receive $1000 in cash, so the competition should be fierce. The event will be held at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the MSU Campus, with the finals starting at 5 and continuing until 7:30. The event will be co-MCeed by world-famous guide, Hank Patterson. Come watch a bunch of fish guides doing their thing for prizes and glory.

Pete Gets It Done!

Our friend Pete Eaves sent us this photo of a sailfish that he caught on a recent trip to Costa Rica. If you can see it through the glare off of Pete’s legs. It wasn’t on the fly, and he wasn’t wearing waders, but it sure is a nice fish. Besides that, he swears that he was very sweaty, so we’ll let it slide. Way to go, Pete! And he also wanted us to point out his hat. Go Twins!

A Round of Applause

A big cheer goes out to the 150(!) intrepid souls who participated in the 9th annual Yellowstone River Clean-Up. You are the truly committed, who didn’t let the early start and lousy weather get in the way of your desire to help the river that you love. Hopefully, your clean-up day went better than mine, which included a flat trailer tire and the temporarily abandonment of our borrowed boat during the nasty storm that blew through (and upstream). Thank you, Steve Wilson. I owe you a boat wash and a new boat strap.