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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Basin & Range Outdoors was created to share the adventures experienced by two brothers in the American West. From the highest alpine terrains to the lowest sonoran deserts we will chronicle the pain and triumph that accompanies all of our outdoor pursuits.

There will be no high-fence hunts, no fly fishing lodges, no streamside caviar and wine breaks. Instead, you can expect cold nights sleeping in the dirt, flat tires on old trucks, and big dreams realized on small budgets. With Basin & Range Outdoors you will find useful reviews of hunting and fly fishing products, techniques, locations, and a general review of our outdoor expeditions on public land.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Wedding and A Wooley Bugger

Reflections on a Two Hour Fly Fishing Odyssey
(by Bryce Bare)
Because we only had two hours to burn on a section of a nondescript stream that runs through my uncles ranch, we had little choice but to reach for the biggest nastiest wooley bugger in the fly box. Tate and I had little time and even less interest in contemplating the nuanced entomology of the Maddison River Valley.  As Tate and I have always said, "Big fish like big flies... and who cares about catching anything else...". So with that in mind we started hucking a big black wooley bugger into the gorgeous and delicate waters that flow through the ranch. Two hours later we landed a couple fish that would push, if not exceed, a 24" tape. Our success may have been more indebt to the management of the creek than the wooley bugger, but I strongly think it was the quality of the presentation... but that's me.
Looking Over the Ranch (Ennis, MT)

Big Sky Country

The Ranch Chapel