Senator John Tester with Simms' marketing director Diane Bristol
I grew up in a town of less than 4,000 in central Colorado – stunning scenery, good fishing and hunting, and 2 hrs away from the hustle of Denver. No complaints there, simply an amazing place for a kid like me. But now boasting a population of over 5,000,000 (yep that’s six zeros behind the 5!), I can’t explain how fortunate we are to live and raise our kids in Montana – population knocking on the door of 1 million. A difference of 4 million people not only makes Montana more desireable for those venturing to the rivers and forests, by definition a single voice is stronger in Montana. Couple that with the accessability of our elected officials and even a fishing outiftter can make an small impression on a national stage.
Last week Senator John Tester was in Bozeman for a few meetings and heard that Simms was putting on their annual guide event so he dropped in to shake a few hands, say a coupla words and listen to concerns of his constituents. This is the fourth time I have had the honor of speaking to Senator Tester face to face at various gatherings. Always impressing upon him the importance of clean clear rivers, healthy forests, and public accessibility to those resources to our businesses and families.
This kind of personal connection to our national representatives might happen in Colorado but I doubt it. Just one more reason that Montana is a great place to live. Thanks Senator Tester, for taking the time out of your busy schedule and hanging with some fly fishing guides. We appreciate it no matter which side of the aisle we fish.
BRO is pleased to announce that were offering our FREE fly fishing classes again for 2012. With all the news that folks are spending less and less time outside, we feel this is a great way to generate renewed interest in the sport of fly fishing. Whether you’ve never cast a fly rod or maybe ventured out a couple of times in the past few years, the Orvis Fly Fishing classes are geared toward every skill level and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – better than the mall right? Right?
There’s no need to bring anything but a good attitude and lots of patience…..remember – it’s fly fishing!! In the 101 class we’ll focus on rigging and casting – simple basics to get you that much closer to becoming a self sufficient and successful angler. We are hoping to start these classes in May and run them through July. We will post dates as soon as we know them. To find out more, give us a ring or better yet, stop in…….keeps us from working! See ya on the water.
Have you been considering that 9’6wt Orvis Helios rod? Ya, the one you didn’t get for Christmas… the one you imagine yourself slapping streamers against the bank on the Blackfoot this spring with.
Yep, then reality steps in. There is just no justifying dropping that load of cash when your other 4 six weights leaning up in the closet are weighing heavier on your conscience than they ever did in your hand. They are nice… but not Helios nice.
Problem solved – wipe the dust off those other sticks, clean ‘em up a bit and bring them down to the BRO shop to be included in the Missoula’s first annual Fly Fishing Gear Swap. We sell the old gear, you get in-store credit for the new gear. If your gear doesn’t sell at the swap we’ll sell for you on ebay for the same deal… Where is the red button? “That was Easy!”
Mark your calendar for March 10thand bust out all that gear you no longer respect – !!