There is a saying that adventure travel is only adventurous after the fact. during the trip it is more like a day-long pain in the butt. sometimes fly fishing is like that. It is not until the last rays of the sun (or later for those Madison river evenings) slip away that the day starts to become fishing stories. As friends gather around a table of food and drink the eats become more epic, the flies smaller, the wind harsher, the misses more painful and the mistakes become more hilarious. It is here, in this moment, that memories are cast. And it is here, in this place, at this time, that you need a cold one, a fried one and one on a bun. Or something like that. Follow my blog with bloglovin

The Beaverhead

Dillon is a great place to use as a base if you what to fish the Beaverhead, the Big Hole or any of the other rivers and spring creeks in the area. There are plenty of good places to eat after a long float down the river and most are open late to accommodate fly fishermen who don't know when to quit. Dillon is a wonderful and quirky small town. Friendly folk and just enough Montana weirdness from the locals to keep it interesting. Anderson & Platt is an excellent fly shop in town

The Lions Den Supper Club - A throwback to simpler times. Steak. Steak. Pork. Steak. Burgers. And walleye. Friendly vibe. Sports on TV in the bar. Come straight from the river. Keep that fish smell on your hands if you want. They don't mind. Steaks are local and the walleye is tremendous.

Mac's Last Cast - Is it a restaurant? Is it a bar? It doesn't matter. The burgers are good. The place is dark. They have great hats. The drinks are cheap. And the official name is Mac's Last Cast Sports Bar, Grill & Casino & Liquor Store. Welcome to Montana.

Sparky's Garage Bar & Grill - This place almost feels too nice and family friendly to roll in with wet pants and a stinky shirt. Almost. There is a pretty good selection of beers on tap and the food is legit. A nice change up when you want to eat somewhere other than a dive bar.