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Fly Fishing the Solitude-Montana
Fly Fishing Montana's Missouri River
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Trapper Badovinac can't remember a time when he didn't love to fish. His father and grandfather taught him the sport when he was four years old, and he soon learned to appreciate the excitement only a mountain stream could deliver. Growing up in Canon City, Colorado, he fished the trout-plentiful Arkansas River and many other rivers and lakes throughout the Centennial State. After high school, he spent four years in the Navy and then attended California State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. During his college years, he fished heavily in the Sierras of Northern California.

After graduation, he worked as a professional photographer and graphic artist. His cameras of choice are a Hasselblad 501CM for medium format work and a Canon F1 for 35 mm photographs. He moved to Montana in 1996 and has been guiding on the Missouri, Smith and Blackfoot Rivers since 1997. He is lecturing on fly fishing and entomology, and his articles have been published in Fly Fisherman, Northwest Fly Fishing, and Southwest Fly Fishing.

In May of 2003 he released his first book Fly Fishing Montana's Missouri River. His second book, Fly Fishing the Solitude–Montana, came off press in May 2006 and follows the format of his Missouri River book with pragmatic advice coupled with beautiful photography and illustrations. This second book gives the reader a step-by-step guide to finding, evaluating, and fishing small streams in Montana.

This well versed outdoorsman is a much sought after lecturer. He speaks to clubs all over the United States during the winter months. His presentations are professional, packed with "how to" information, and are illustrated with his award winning photography and computer graphics.

Trapper was a fly fishing guide for eleven years, nine of them on the Missouri, Smith, and Blackfoot rivers in Montana. He produces all his own flies and ties commercially for shops in Colorado and Montana. His expertise and innovative techniques are lauded in the fly fishing community.

Trapper approaches angling with a laid–back philosophy. He assures that, in the sport of fly fishing, the right education and experience is more important than years of experience, and he believes it is a sport anyone can enjoy. "It's all about leaving your troubles behind," he says, "and enjoying the sport of fly fishing. It's a chance to immerse yourself in nature, and standing in a good trout stream testing your skills is a great way to give yourself a break from the sometimes-chaotic world we live in. This very simple and quiet sport can transform you by making your world one of simple pleasures." He lives in the woods outside Helena Montana.

 

 

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