“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing”. Thus begins the greatest novel written concerning fly fishing, “A River Runs Through It” by Norman Maclean. If you’ve not read the book, here is the link to get a copy. If you have, you know that the book is about a family, life, religion and fly fishing along the Blackfoot River. If you’re more into movies, make sure you watch the movie directed by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt and Craig Sheffer. You’ll love it, I promise.
We had the distinct pleasure of taking our first trip down this legendary river with Ben DeMers who we booked out of The Missoulian Angler in Missoula (MT). Ben is a former 5th grade teacher who got called for summer work guiding along the area rivers. Ben was also a member of the 1974-75 Montana Griz basketball team who made the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, falling in a squeaker to UCLA. We could not have asked for a better guide than Ben. He kept us on fish, provided great insight into the river and its history and most importantly, kept us laughing the entire day. Make sure if you come to Missoula to get Ben to take you on a fly fishing adventure. For now, please enjoy this interview we did with Ben along the banks of the Blackfoot River.