If you look in any Montana-based, big-box store, or the ever-present Town Pump gas station, you will find a multitude of Montana flyfishing guide books. So, for Wilderness Adventures Press to publish another one, seems perhaps, absurd. However, if you are familiar with John Holt
's writing and adventures (solitude and spirits, not down comforters and cappuccinos), you know that Flyfishing Adventures Montana
, is not just another how-to book, featuring the Madison, Yellowstone, and other big league rivers, and what flies to use certain times of the year. Do Sage Creek in the Pryor Mountains and the Poplar River of northeast Montana (yes, northeast) sound familiar? I doubt it. Holt's primary skill is taking the reader along on his rustic and remote routes, where it isn't the size of the fish or the brand of the fly rod you are waving that matters, but the adventure itself. Trout are not the only stars of the show either; bass, northern pike, and whitefish, all are worthy combatants for Holt. Holt isn't just a storyteller. He also educates on the ecology, the history and the character of his beloved Montana. Yes, Flyfishing Adventures is full of fishing stories. However, they are complete stories, giving you the details of that dusty-road or that smoky campfire. --Montana Sporting Journal
, Fall/Winter 2010
OK, you have fished the fabled blue-ribbon waters in Montana – the Madison, Yellowstone, Bighorn and others. Great fishing, and, unfortunately, great crowds.
Our new series, Flyfishing Adventures, introduces you to the little-known gems. Great fishing waters without the crowds. The first book in the series features 21 of these waters in Montana.
John Holt has been fishing these waters for years. He takes you with him as he probes the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone in eastern Montana for healthy browns and rainbows, the Marias River for its long, carnivorous brown trout, the lakes of the Bear Paw Mountains for brookies and bass, the Poplar River for giant northern pike and many other great waters.
John likes to explore and spend time in the remote parts of Big Sky Country where there are no crowds, the folks are friendly, the scenery is stunning and the fishing is superb.
Join Holt as he fishes these waters and gives you inside info on special flies for each water, along with tying instructions, great places to stay and where to get a great burger or steak.
About the Author
is the author of 12 published works of nonfiction, two Short Story Collections
and a novel, including Yellowstone Drift Floating the Past in Real Time, Hunted, Coyote Nowhere, Kicking Up Trouble (top ten sporting books of 1995 Sports Afield), Guide Wars, Chasing Fish Tales, and Arctic Aurora Canada's Far North Country. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including Fly Fisherman, The Denver Post, Sports Afield, Men's Journal, Gray's Sporting Journal, American Cowboy, Big Sky Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, E, and Travel and Leisure.