The tradition continues at Sweetgrass Rods;
crafting fine bamboo fly fishing rods

Thanks for the wonderful craftsmanship. You guys are amazing.
Frank D.


a1sx2_Thumbnail1_legacyblogphoto.jpgI cannot say how much Norman Maclean has had an impact on my life. This might sound cliche but it was "A River Runs Through It" that had me immediately run out to buy a fly rod. I have always been a self taught fisherman from early childhood, but growing up in Texas I had never heard of or seen a fly rod. As a self taught fly fisherman, who later wanted to perfect his casting and took certification classes. I learned the magic of waving that wand, what it could do for my mind, and the calmness that clouds over me. It's as if a switch has been turned on, my focus tightens, and all my worries fade to black.

Everyone who knows me will tell you I'm nuts, my family calls me a free spirit. Nothing seems to keep my attention for very long, high school certainly didn't, college I barely made it through, Survival School twice, long distance rifle shooting school, etc. Only fly fishing has been able to keep me focused.

While my son Corey was here this past week we spent a lot of time fishing together, I had taught him at a fairly young age but he lost interest. This trip his interest was on fly fishing. I was shocked! So we worked on his cast, and he picked it up very fast. I had to do little to bring him up to speed, and we were off. It was definitely an adventure, we hiked over a mountain from 8200 ft to 9600 ft and back to around 8200 ft in a hour and a half to fish a high mountain lake. Where he caught 62 fish in just under 2 hours. We spent two days on the Beaverhead, and one on the Ruby. Covering at least 20 miles, when you add elevation gain who knows what we covered. My dream is that all my children get the bug for fly fishing. It's the escape that fly fishing provides, the beauty of my surroundings, the trek of miles without seeing a soul, it gives me solace, feeds my soul, let's me feel I'm in the presence of God. If my children learn anything from me, it is this mind set, and "The world is full of bastards the further one gets from Missoula Montana" Norman Maclean.
Thank you Mr. Maclean
I am truly haunted by water....
Fish on my friends,
Luca Troiani

Bridges of the Ruby River


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