How things can change fast

This picture was taken on Saturday the 14th of November. I was doing what I love most. I was spending time with people I love and having fun in the wild outdoors. At this time, I knew my wife was pregnant with our beautiful baby with a due date of Decwmber 7th, 2015.

My mind was filled with things like “how do I install that car seat?”, “I should put together that swing soon”, “I wonder if it’s going to be a boy or a girl”. I had no idea what was about to happen…..

 On November 17, 2015 our world would change for the better because of a baby boy entering into this world and into our loving arms. Wesley Arnett Thompson, 8lbs and 21 inches presented himself to us and my life is forever changed. I still want to fish, hunt, hike and be outside but now I want my best new friend to be with me. I know it will be a while but I can’t help to think of the future and how much brighter it will be with both him and Tracy in my life.

  Westley has already watched the Broncos beat the Bears on my lap, scared to death every time I yelled at the TV with excitement on every great play. 
I always wanted a great life for Tracy and I but looking at Wesley I would sacrifice all my dreams for him to have his dreams come true. There’s just something about being a dad that changes your heart and soul.

  I don’t let the little things bother me near as much. I see other people as kids even if they are old. I see their parents hoping the same for them and now, more than ever, I want to help them reach there goals more than I want to reach mine.

There isn’t enough time for jealousy and hate. That time is just wasted and you will never get it back.   

What can you do today, tomorrow, or the next day to help someone instead of creating a road block for them? I guarantee more success for you and your loved ones if you care just as much for someone else’s dreams as much as yours.

My heart is forever changed with my boy Wesley being born and knowing how much I want his dreams to come true by people loving him like I do… that way, doors will always open for him.

Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Let’s help this future generation be a generation of kids that are so loved and nourished from good role models they don’t have a chance of not succeeding. 

With lots of love comes hope and with lots of hope comes joy and with lots of joy comes happiness for yourself and others.

Thank you lord for blessing my wife and I with this little miracle. We promise to show him unconditional love throughout his days on this earth. We love you, God with all of our hearts and souls and can’t thank you enough for our baby boy, friends, families, and complete strangers we get to love on everyday. 



Top 10 things not to say to pregnant women (Men don’t do this!!)


As you may or may not know my wife Tracy and I are expecting our first baby in December. We couldn’t be more excited about this new adventure in our life but at the same time there are so many things that I have learned the hard way in these 8 months.

So with that said here are my TOP 10 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO YOUR LADY WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT, that I might or might not of said ;).

#1: This pregnancy has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we told everybody we were expecting. (You will get the look of death or if you decide to say this just make sure she doesn’t have anything sharp in her hands)

#2: I’m so excited to take off two weeks for hunting season. I really need a relaxing trip with my dad before this baby is born. (Just rephrase it a little and don’t say anything about how you need some relaxing time)

#3: Let me just finish typing this text before I help you with your compression socks. (Big mistake boys!!! If she says jump, you say how high! Drop everything when she needs something. I still need help with this one)

#4: You’re acting like a baby! (Say everything in your head first before you say it out loud to your spouse….. trust me!)

#5: John Doe’s wife went fishing with him when she was 8 months pregnant. (Every pregnancy and girl is different. Never compare another girl to your lady….never….. unless your telling how much more bad ass she is than someone else)

#6: To save money you should just where my sweatshirts and sweats. (What was I thinking!!! You go let her buy stuff that makes her feel cute because in turn a happy wife equals a happy husband)

#7: I’m really thinking we should only have 1 kid because i’m not sure if I can handle these mood swings another go around. (OMG… it’s so easy now looking back to see why I shouldn’t of said that but guys just don’t go there)

#8: Don’t laugh at her newly developed kankles and say “well now we don’t have to worry about you falling off the boat and sinking because you have your own personalized floating devices now”  (No jokes about anything to do with swelling! It’s just not that funny to them……ever!!)

#9: I need a nap. I couldn’t sleep at all last night because of you moving around so much. (If you didn’t sleep than she definitely didn’t sleep! She will remind you of that for the next hour or so :)…. ha ha)

#10: Why do you lose everything it’s so annoying (Pregnancy brain does exist! Whatever you do, don’t get to frustrated at them for losing things because they are probably just as or more annoyed than you are)


I hope you enjoyed my top 10 things not to say to your pregnant wife. With all that being said it is such an amazing experience and we have truly loved so many things about it.

Have a great day! :)

Top 10 streamers you need to have this fall!! (Time for big streamers for big trout!!)


I hope this post helps you out in your search of big trout this fall. There is nothing like getting a tug from a streamer eating trout and then realizing it is your biggest fish to date.

Here are my top 10 favorite streamers for big trout. I hope you enjoy it and remember to fish a river between two lakes. For some weird reason big fish love it there ;).

All flies are from Catch Fly Fishing “They Just Taste Better”

#1 streamer to have in your collection is:

Beebe’s Candyman 

This streamer has so much action and I love the heavy head on it. I like to use a strip strip pause technique with the tip of my rod in the water to make sure it is swimming back to you in different water columns by how deep or shallow your tip is in the water.


# 2 streamer to have in your collection is:

Bjorn’s Mr. Creepo

This streamer has so much action and I have caught so many nice fish with this pattern. Very good pattern when dealing with picky streamer eating fish.


# 3 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

CATCH’s Peanut Candy

I believe lots of movement and natural movement is the name of this game. That’s why some of my favorite streamers have lots of movement and action. Here is another great streamer to add to your collection.


# 4 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Eric’s Jealousy

This pattern is light weight and is great for those shallow areas with deep troughs where the fish are holding. Strip, Strip, Strip and then pause that bad boy where you think the trout are holding and then strip, strip, strip again really fast and then pause. Get ready!


# 5 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

SS Sculpin Leech

This sculpin pattern is one of my favorites. I like to play around with the weight on this fly. I’ll add weight to this fly by pinching different size weights to the hook line that runs from the hook to the head of the fly. Sometimes just a little more weight is all it takes to get that picky trout to eat that fly. It changes the movement and depth and I hope it works for you as well.


#6 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Gizzard Shad


This is one of the most simple but effective patterns. I like to experiment with different size barbell weights for the eyes. This pattern gives the fly a very effective jigging like action when stripped back correctly. Have fun with this pattern and get ready for some big hits!


# 7 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

The Grinch


If you love fishing the Stillwater river in Montana and the Yellowstone River in Montana. Let me tell you about a pattern that is a day in day out fish smasher. The grinch was first introduced to me by Kory at the Otters Den (now Stillwater Anglers) Kory taught me how to fish this pattern on the stillwater and the Yellowstone and has been one of my favorite streamers ever since. Thanks Kory!


Kory past owner and fellow Grinch streamer lover.

# 8 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Belly Dancer Zonker

What can I say about this streamer?? The belly dancer attracts big fish and works great all year but especially in the fall and winter.


# 9 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Schlappen Bugger

Every streamer box needs Buggers in it. It’s one of the most basic but best streamers out there. I have caught more fish on buggers than probably any other streamer out there.


#10 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Zukowski’s Sculpin Soup

Talk about a realistic sculpin with some weight! This is a great streamer to get down and dirty in dark places where the big boys live!


I hope this post helps you this fall!! Go out there and catch a big boy trout!!

Some of my favorite memories of this summer so far….

#1 thing of 2015: Has been the announcement of our little one that is due on December 7th :). Things are going to get crazy but I am so ready for this adventure. It will be a lot of fun to share the love I have with him or her everyday.

# 2 Was seeing my brother for the first time in 3 years. Family means so much to me and to have my surf crazy brother come all the way from Hawaii to see us meant so much to me. We will be visiting him in March in Maui and he can’t wait to be an uncle. I wish he lived closer! I love this guy so much and he can make me smile and laugh the most out of anybody I know. Love you Shawn!

# 3 Has to be hanging out with my wife and all the adventures we have together. She is always my # 1 supporter and she has taught me so much about life and how to love people unconditionally. Plus she is one of the best fly fishers out there.

# 4 My cousin is in New Zealand right now for the next 6 months or so chasing big trout. It has been so much fun teaching him how to fly fish and now seeing him pursue his own fly fishing dreams. He is a very special guy and I hope he catches a big one out there! If you haven’t taught someone to fly fish that has never experienced it, I highly recommend it. It is so rewarding and fun to see someone else gain a passion for something so beautiful.

# 5 Birthday fishing trip was another huge success! Great new people on the trip that now are friends. Great fishing, great food, and most of all lot’s of laughs :). I highly suggest you make an annual fishing trip with friends and family. It’s something you will always look forward to year after year :).

# 6 Experiencing new places and getting the chance to fish while you are there. Most of Tracy and I’s trip are focused on where we can fish. This one was in Mexico and it was amazing. Fly Fishing for salt water fish is something every angler needs to experience!

#7 Getting to guide at Monster Lake Ranch for huge trout! It’s so nice to get away from the crowds and be able to fish in solitude. People are great but it’s always nice to be somewhere so peaceful and tranquil that you can get lost in your thoughts. Thanks Monster Lake for the great year so far.


#8 Being filmed by Trout TV was a huge privilege! I look up to those guys and gals a lot. It’s hard being in a career where people hate you for sharing rivers and spots that are unbelievable places to fish. I know many people might not agree with me but I really love to share special places with people that love the sport. Everybody needs to find their own special place and Trout TV helps people find great spots!

# 9 Finding time to fish alone to clear my mind and just be in my own thoughts. Everybody needs alone time and the outdoors is my favorite place to do it. If you find yourself stressed out and feel sad, make it a point to go hike or do something where you are away from the busyness of life and can just think clearly.

#10 Last but not least by any means is finding time to fish and hang out with your favorite people in life.  I am so busy that it is always impossible to hang and fish with everyone I love in my life.When I do get the chance to do it, it is some of my most amazing experiences. My 2016 goal is to spend way more time with the people that matter most in my life.

I hope you are having a great 2015 so far!

Love hearing your life stories and your fishing stories :)!!

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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