Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fly Fishing Film Festival- Missoula style

What a crazy weekend we had!

Lots of go go go, good visits with family & Buddy and I spent 10 hours in the car.

First things first... Buddy and I dropped the kiddos off at Grandma's house Friday and had a nice getaway while the kids had a blast making cookies, watching airplanes and playing!

Buddy and I went to Missoula to go fishing, spend sometime with my dad and watch the attend the Fly Fishing Film Festival.

The weather was beautiful and as always Missoula didn't disappoint. We love Missoula for all of the character, diversity and friendliness that makes up the cool/crazy community. Seriously it is almost like a mini Portland. It's kinda funky. They thrive on supporting local businesses and there is never a shortage of good food.

We arrived Friday EXHAUSTED. We literally drove up to my dad's place, said hello and plopped into bed. (We're super exciting I guess)

Saturday we got up headed over to a little casino (because Montana has a million of them) and ordered some really yummy omlets for breakfast. Drank too much coffee while visiting and listened to some old men tell dirty old man jokes as they walked out the door.

We headed over to this cool little fly shop downtown called the Grizzly Hackle (super laid back and friendly staff) picked up some local bugs and our fishing licenses and Buddy and I hit the river.

Seriously gorgeous winter day.

We had a lot of fun, about 10 hits between the 2 of us, but didn't land any fish. That's the cool thing about fly fishing though, is that you aren't just throwing a worm to sink to the bottom, you're actively trying to outsmart a fish, by throwing flies/bugs. That is just part of the fun.

I'd have to say the worst part of the day wasn't that we didn't catch any fish... it was more of the part when Buddy was taking apart his fly rod and accidentally river-danced on his TFO... it's toast, but it does have a warrantee so it's not a total loss.

By the time we got off the river we were both starving... and I'm not going to lie, but I was pretty excited when I found a hummus and pretzel pack along with my Shakeology I brought for the trip. It was the perfect pick me up for Buddy and I to share!

Next up for the evening was to go pick up my dad and head down town to the film festival events... aka talk shop with the other fly fisher-men/fisher-women... we ate some delicious FREE pulled pork, drank some beers (raspberry goodness) and headed over to the theater.

Buddy and at the theater while dad held our seats.
Talk about the super bowl for fly fishing. Seriously SO many hoots and hollers over fish being caught. I have to say the films were great. Beautiful rivers and oceans, FISH and some great stories from each film maker.
*Side note this Idaho girl feels like she's been getting the short end of the stick, you should be able to serve beer and wine in a movie theater.... you just should. Idaho Falls get your crap together.*

Buddy and Dad standing in line to sign up
for a free guided trip.
People just starting to find their seats.
That and picking up their free stuff up front.

Sunday morning my dad had to work so we said our goodbyes and found this cute little hole in the wall called the Hob Nob... seriously if you ever want to go to an adorable little place that serves amazing corned beef hash, fresh blueberry pancakes, banana bread french toast, veggies with potato rounds just to name a few... find it. You won't be disappointed.
Check them out on FB...

Hopped into the car and drove home. We made it just in time to watch the Super Bowl kickoff and snuggle the kiddos.

Thanks mom for watching the kids XOXO
Thanks dad for hosting us! XOXO
MT- thanks for never disappointing


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