Montana Pilgrimage

Posted on October 1, 2014


Four of us hit the road last week to mix it up with friends new and old in the Treasure State of Montana. It’s hard not to love Montana any time of year but September is a particularly awesome month in the land of oro y plata with warm days, cool nights and a palatable sense of the coming Winter. Every piece of equipment in the state is working to put up hay and, most importantly for this trip, the trout are looking upwards in search of protein.



The main reason we made the voyage was to “compete” in a fly fishing event at the famed Bar Z Riverside Ranch in support of Casting 4 A Cure, a charity dedicated to curing Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that impacts young girls. Like many others, we became aware of its impact through C4C founder, Bill Farnum, whose daughter has Rett. Anyone who has spent even 30 seconds with Bill can vouch for the fact that he is one of the coolest and most benevolent dudes around, and it is awesome to see firsthand the impact that he and C4C are having on Rett research. If you want to know more or have some spare change in your pocket, go to

For 2.5 days, we immersed ourselves in the events at the Bar Z which included heavy doses of streamer fishing, beer drinking and general revelry. We even packed along 3/5ths of our alter-ego, Wrinkle Neck Mules, for the occasion and had a hell of a front porch pick session for Saturday night’s closing ceremonies. One of the Bar Z guides, Austin Reyher, pulled out his fiddle and dropped our jaws with his bow work.



On Sunday, we said our good byes to the C4C crowd, packed up our instruments and rods and headed off to the booming troutropolis of Craig, Montana for a little event we dubbed “Howlin’ on the Mo” with our friends at Headhunters Fly Shop.



We didn’t really need an excuse, but this offered us another opportunity to pick some songs, drink a few cold snacks and spread the Howler word in Craig. It was a beautiful day and it was awesome to spend time with the Headhunters squad and everyone who stopped by. Huge thanks to Mark, John, Sarah and everyone at Headhunters for helping us pull it off. And, an enormous thanks to Austin Reyher for bringing his fiddle up to Craig. You’re now an honorary member of the WNM.



We’re already thinking ahead to next Fall’s Montana Pilgrimage and Howlin’ on the Mo part 2. Stand by.