What is the biggest secret to catching more fish? 

There is only one way to catch more fish than everybody else on the river and the secret is……….. to respect and listen to the oldest guides on the river. 

There is something about that accumulation of knowledge thing that is very true and accurate. 

Some of my favorite guides on the Big Horn are the ones that have been doing it forever. There wisdom and confidence is something I all hope we achieve in our lifetime. 

I just want to give a huge thanks to all the guides and outfitters before my time for doing such a great job in protecting such a valuable resource :)!! 

Getting off the Beaten Path and away from the normal. (Get Lost in Montana)


There is nothing more than I like to do than jump in my car with my drift boat attached and head to the local rivers, that I know so well. So when my cousin asked me to go on the Beaten Path in Montana for a 4 day backpacking adventure, I couldn’t help to think about going somewhere else. 4 days is a long time, I was thinking! We could go to the Beaver Head, Madison, Missouri, Big Hole, or any big fish producing river in Montana but he was dead set on going on a 26 mile backpacking adventure in Grizzly bear country with just the two of us.


What the heck, let’s do it Steven! So we were off the next day to Cook City to start our 4 day 26 mile adventure into the Beartooth Wilderness area.

The first two miles with a heavy backpack and ambitions of catching beautiful pink meated cutthroat trout were on both of our minds. There is nothing better than catching trout on a backpacking trip and eating them with garlic, onion, salt and of course butter. Those happy thoughts sure went away fast when we were met by the mosquito hatch of the year!!

I don’t think we have ever been bitten so much in our life! Steven forgot to bring pants and let’s just say his legs still look like he has chicken pox :). Poor guy. Luckily for us the mosquitoes were only bad for 20 of the 26 miles…. .ha ha ha.


One of the first places we were able to find refuge on our trip was Dewey Lake. Dewey lake is known for its pink meated cutthroats. We keptt 2 a piece and cooked them for lunch and I am still craving that unbelievable taste.

It was so much fun catching them too. We were on a high rock behind a tree waiting for the trout to cruise the shoreline. When we would see them coming we would cast our line about fifeteen to 20 feet in front of them. I was using a black streamer with a pheasant tail nymph behind about 3 feet.

It was so fun seeing the cutthroat in the crystal clear water. They would come fast to check out our flies but then would start to turn away. Right when they started to turn away you would give your flies a little bit of a twitch and they would come back around and attack them like crazy. We had lots of fish in just a little bit of time. It was some of the most visually fun fishing you can have.


One of my favorite things about backpacking is that your normal stresses of everyday life tend to disappear and all you are concentrated on is what truly matters. For me that is thinking of being a dad here soon and thanking God for this amazing opportunity. Also, having really fun and good conversations with my cousin about life and his new adventure of going to New Zealand. Man am I Jealous :).

I hope you all have a great summer and get to enjoy the outdoors. Don’t forget bug spray like we did….. ha ha ha okay it really wasn’t that funny. Remember to have lots of fun and take lots of pictures :).


Airport thoughts about life (Dont wait too long)


This winter I have been traveling a lot. Since January every weekend has been another trade show and a new city. I get to meet lots of really neat people and hear lots of great stories. 

I also hear lots of dreams people have had but have never came to life. 

Dreams of fishing in the ice cold glacier fed waters of Alaska for salmon that make the largest rod feel little. 

Dreams of fishing trips with sons and daughters but always waiting for the perfect time. 

Dreams of traveling to Montana to fish where the Big Sky never ends and the trout are as beautiful as the scenery they are a part of.


I have noticed two distinct types of people from all the conversations I get to have with people. 

The dreamers and the people that make dreams come true. 

The dreamers always seem to have an excuse. A constant mentality of I’ll do that next year, when I retire, or when I have so much money saved up. 

The do’ers are the ones that always seem to know things will always work out and you can never guarantee tomorrow will come. Make the best of today and make your dreams reality.



What is your biggest dream or dreams??? Make a plan to do them now. Even if you don’t have the money start saving little by little knowing your getting closer to that dream. 

I have talked to way too many older people that had lots of dreams of doing amazing things but old man time snuck up on them too fast. Now they have the time and money but aren’t capable of doing what they truly wanted to do.

Also, don’t let age get in the way. I have met some amazing people that won’t give up and find a way to still live out their dreams and passions. 

Like the first photo on this blog. This man won’t give up on his love of fly fishing. He brings a chair with him on every fly fishing trip because he still loves the feeling of water rushing against his legs. 


I hope this blog motivates you to get out there and make your dreams a reality :).


Disconnect (Fly fishing is the best self counseling one can pay for)

Disconnect from Western Fly Media on Vimeo.

Do you need a disconnection from your ordinary life? A place where you can come alive and get away from the stresses of everyday life?

Come with me on a fishing trip to Monster Lake Ranch or the world famous Big Horn River in Montana.

Call Andy Elser (my outfitter for the Big Horn River) at 1-406-850-9990 to book your Big Horn River Trip today.

Pictures from the beautiful Big Horn River

Call Dori at Monster Lake Ranch at   (307) 587-5960 to book your Monster Lake Ranch Trip. 

No matter where we go we are going to have a great time and it’s going to be a day to remember forever. I am so excited to fish with you this summer.

Remember to book through my outfitter and the ranches I work with and not me personally. As a guide I have to have my outfitters be the one in charge of booking trips with me as your guide.

Contact info again:

Big Horn River float trips: Call Andy Elser (my outfitter for the Big Horn River) at                  1-406-850-9990

Monster Lake Ranch Float Trips: Call Dori at Monster Lake Ranch at  1-307-587-5960

Montana Bonefish are the new species to target in Montana. (Fly fishing in Montana for bonefish)

Nasty Beautiful from Western Fly Media on Vimeo.

This video was a really fun video to make. Thanks to Eric from Western Fly Media for coming down to the Big Horn River in Montana and filming it.

I have called the whitefish the native Montana bonfish for somtime now and thought it was great that he made a whole video on how fly fishers travel the world in search of these nasty beautiful creatures.

I hope you enjoy the video and I also hope I see you on the river this summer.

Here are some of my favorite Montana Bonefish I have ever caught or been part of :).

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Shout out to my beautiful wife Tracy (Tracy Moore Photography Billings, MT)

Tracy Moore | Troublemaker Photographer for Senior Girls from Britney Paige Cinematographers on Vimeo.

Meet Tracy!!! This is my best friend and my high school sweetheart!! She is truly one of a kind and I couldn’t be more proud to call her my wife :).

Tracys main passion is loving people and helping people. This is why I instantly fell in love with her. She is always going out of her way to help and make people feel super loved.

Tracys profession and one of her favorite things to do is photography. Not just any kind of Photography but Senior Girl Photography. Tracy believes every girl is so beautiful no matter what. She has a passion and a huge heart to be a Senior Girl Photographer because she believes every girl needs a great role model along with someone to make them realize how meaningful they are to this world inside and out.


Tracys images are not just pictures they are an experience and a day that will be filled with fun, adventure, a little trouble and lots of laughs and love. They are images that come from Tracys heart and soul to capture the most beautiful moments of the day. I am always amazed with her images and most of all, how she loves and cares for everybody that she gets to meet.


I can’t be more proud of my wife and what she does with her talents. Check out more of her work at www.tracymoorephotography.com.

I also love how a lot of her shoots involve not just the special senior but also her friends. Friends are something that defines who we are and it is so special to have memories with you and your best friends.


I love seeing all the back end photos of the day. The photos where Tracy knows they aren’t going to hang up on a wall but be memories for a lifetime because of the fun they had.

This is just a little bit of why I love my wife so much and why I believe she is so very special.

I hope you or a senior you know get to experience a day with Tracy. It is something you will remember forever and I promise it will be a great time :).


Why it’s so important to be confident in yourself and to love who you are.

Do you always want to be someone else or do you love who you are?

It took me a lot and I mean a lot of years to figure out who I am by my own standards and without anybody telling me who I was. I’m still working on it but opening my eyes and spirit to challenge myself daily to be myself is a struggle but very rewarding.

What I am finding out about living a life where I love who I am is that I am realizing my purpose in this life.

My purpose is way different than yours and that is the great thing about being human. We are all born with different passions and life purposes.

When you decide to be yourself and stop worrying about being someone who someone else wants you to be it is very freeing.

Your priorities, goals and days are filled with fulfilling your life purpose instead of the pressures you get from family and friends. You wake up wanting to do what you love instead of living a life your DNA is not meant to pursue.

We all have yearnings and dreams to accomplish and as long as they are coming from a pure heart and you have faith they will come to be.

This doesn’t mean you wont have your bad days where you want to do absolutely nothing or fill overwhelmed with the obstacles of life. It just means you are confident of your purpose and those bad days don’t turn into bad weeks, months or even years.

When I was the most depressed in my life a few years back it was hard to even get out of bed. Now that I look back on those times I’m starting to realize the number one thing I did to get that way was to bury my feelings and not properly process them.

If you are religious or even if your not the best thing you can do is to have a sabbath day or a day of complete rest and meditation. To go through your thoughts and feelings and journel about them. Learn about yourself and there is nothing better to do this by having a day a week dedicated to solitude and self seeking.

Most problems in life come from not knowing ourselfs enough and taking time to love ourself. If we don’t love ourself how can we possibly love others.

This book is a must read. It will help get your life back on track and will pump you up to be the very best you!

Check out reviews and what this book is about.


I sure hope your finding lots of happiness in your life right now but if your going through tough times or even if your not this book is truly inspirational in being a better you.

I love all of you a lot and hope you become the very best you in this life :)!

Where in Wyoming should I go for my fly fishing vacation? (Booking your fly fishing trip in Wyoming)

Who needs a fly fishing vacation??

Let me guide you to some of the biggest and best fighting fish in the state!

This is the perfect destination for families as well. Monster Lake Ranch has horseback riding, hiking trails, shooting areas and is only 90 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. Go to http://www.yellowstonecountry.org/ to see everything you can do in Cody, Wyoming and around it.

Book a fly fishing day with me at Monster Lake Ranch this spring, summer, or fall. Click on this link to find out more and book your trip today: www.monsterlakeranch.com

What can you expect at Monster Lake Ranch? 

Fly fishing only, from the bank or boat, offer an opportunity for fly fisherman of all abilities to catch trout of their dreams. 20+ fish with 20″ averages are common. Brookies up to 4 lbs, Browns up to 10 lbs, and Rainbows up to 12 lbs are all catchable at Monster Lake.

How to book you trip to Monster Lake Ranch.

PHONE:  (307) 587-5960
MAILING ADDRESS:  PO Box 714  Cody, Wyoming 82414
RANCH ADDRESS:  29 Nielson Road  Cody, Wyoming 82414

Hang out at the Cutthroat Saloon after fishing for some drinks and entertainment.

Lodging and multiple day trips are available as well. 


Tri-Plex Cabin


The Cutthroat 

The Cutthroat Suite has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a living room.

June-September $200.00 / night

April, October, November $150.00 / night

The Rainbow

The Rainbow Suite has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a living room.

June-September $200.00 / night

April, October, November $150.00 / night

The Pheasant’s Roost

The Pheasant’s Roost has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and living room.

June-September $300.00 / night

April, October, November $250.00 / night

Cowboy Camp

ml_cowboy_camp_top2Camp under the stars at Monster Lake… One wall tent and two cowboy tipis are nestled high above the ranch in the historic rimrocks. Hike, camp, and spend some time at one of the most private places on the ranch. Views of almost the entire ranch and Monster Lake await you from a short walk up the rocks. Give us a call today to reserve your spot!

I hope to see you this year and for many years to come!! 

Why I like to fish


For me fishing is a day for my mind and spirit to relax. It’s time away from everyday’s distractions. It’s having your best friends and family with you enjoying something you all love. It’s a place where time seems to slip away and you love every moment of it. If anything you just wish you could pause life at that very moment and be exactly where you are.


It’s hanging out with your best furry friends or your best human friends in some of the prettiest settings God blessed us with. Hearing the rushing water between your feet as you cast to a rising trout in the distance. Your mind and soul is filled with nothing more than just happiness at that moment in time.

It’s about the people you meet along the way. The smiles and laughs you get to share with people that you might of never met otherwise. It’s helping others with dreams and aspirations of catching there first fish or possibly there last fish. It’s sharing life stories and being part of something bigger than just fishing. Relationships are something to cherish and the river seems to bring the very best out of people.


It’s about finding who you are and loving who you are. I love to have fun, be goofy, and most of all love the people I spend my day with. Every time we hang out with someone we have a huge opportunity to help them in their journey of life. I hope when I am at the end of my life, I will be remembered as a enthusiastic, fun, loving man who just happened to love taking people fishing.

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Fishing is about finding friends who are like you and embracing the craziness that comes with that. The most fun I have on the river or lakes fishing are the times I fish with people that are like minded. That just want to have fun and have enough confidence in themselves we don’t need to talk bad about anybody else ever. We are in the moment and enjoy the company of each other so much and that’s all that matters.

Fishing with your family is something that means so much to me. Every year we plan multiple trips to the Big Hole, Missouri River, Florida, and so many other places. These trips are always amazing and makes your family so much stronger. Family fishing trips are a must and every minute is something I cherish so much.

Taking multiple day trips with friends makes the fishing experience even more special. There is nothing more special then spending a week straight with the people you love most. Make sure you plan one of these every summer and just watch what it does for your soul and your creativity. This summer is going to be full of many new adventures and I am so excited for them. I hope I get to fish with many new friends this year. Never hesitate to call or email me if you want to join us on one of our personal trips.


Go explore somewhere your phones don’t work and the stars are brighter. Something about being on a backpack adventure makes you come alive inside. One of the best trips I took in my life was to the Bob Marshall wilderness with a group of amazing friends. It is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Montana is huge and make sure you go explore!!

I really hope to share a day of fishing with you this summer and for many summers to come. When you hire me as a guide, you will be getting a friend for life. We will have the time of our lives and you will leave with a feeling of pure joy and happiness.

Come book a trip with me at Monster Lake Ranch this summer and let’s go have some fun together while catching you some amazing fish :)


Website is: Monster Lake Ranch

You can also book a trip on the famous Big Horn River by calling outfitter Andy Elser at 406-850-9990.

I’m so excited for this summer! It’s going to be a great one. I can’t wait to meet the new people that come into my life this year and of course all of my past clients that I love dearly!