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A chill is in the air, in Big Sky, Montana. The hot summer of 2012 has given way to frosty mornings, but winter isn’t quite here yet. September is a glorious month. The chilly mornings turn into warm afternoons perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, golfing – whatever! The kids are back in school, the tourist season is slowing, and the trout are hungry again. Ahhhh, Montana.

August was another hot and dry month overall. The Pine Creek and Millie Creek fires devastated their areas. Big Sky was relatively smoke-free, compared to the Bozeman area, but still suffered smoky days due to other fires burning to the west. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the wildfires. The firefighters and others who help are true heroes.

I avoided some of the smoke when returned to my birthplace in upstate New York. When I visit New York, I’m always surprised by the water that seems to hang in the air. The lush growth, hot nights, and cadent crickets make me feel like a kid again. But it also recalls memories of wet, cold, cloudy winters. The dry cold of a Montana seems friendly when compared to an ice storm. Yes, Big Sky has also spoiled me with its fluffy powder and blue bird days. I dearly miss my friends and family back east, but when it comes to skiing Big Sky, Montana is hard to beat.

I guess it’s obvious I’ve been obsessing about ski season already! The new winter gear and clothing has been pouring in at Grizzly Outfitters. It makes it difficult to resist sneaking out of the office to try on clothes and bend skis. Of course, I do need to check out the merchandise for marketing purpose, right? Our customers near and far, need to know this information!

I finally took the plunge and bought a jacket I have been eyeing for a while – The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket. It’s a great all-around piece, great for layering or on its own. It’s filled with just the right amount of premium 800-fill goose down to make it a useful coat in warmer temperatures. The shell is a special edition nylon that is half the weight and twice as strong as Patagonia’s other down fabrics! It will fit perfectly under my ski jacket!

I know, I know, I am jumping the gun as far as ski season is concerned. September is my secret favorite month of “summer” here in Big Sky. The days are delightful and the perfect temperature for getting active outdoors. The nights are cool and perfect for campfires, hot tubs and sleeping. The aspens are turning gold, and the willows into their autumn wine color. The smell of wood stoves burning lingers in the night air. A bear swats my grill of the back deck, and a mother moose tries to trample my dog. Ahhhh, Big Sky. I love this place.

Wow, it’s been an amazing summer so far in Big Sky, Montana. Summers are always insanely beautiful and packed with events…..that’s my excuse for taking way to long to blog!

            July 18 was an especially fun night for Grizzly Outfitters, Lone Peak Cinema, and a lot of friends (old and new). We held a party to celebrate summer, and the grand opening of our new fly shop and guide service. Daytime events included free bike demos, a bear bag throwing challenge, and knot tying instruction. Fly rod demos and casting instruction spilled into the night.

            We were lucky to be joined by some of our favorite folks- reps from Dr. Slick, Costa del Mar eyewear, Sage, Rio, Redington, Patagonia, Umpqua, Smith, and many more. We held a huge giveaway, casting contest, and champagne toast in the evening. Ken Lancey and Andrew Schreiner (owners of Grizzly Outfitters) shared a keg of Pilsner from our local Lone Peak Brewery. Our giveaway table was packed with thousands of dollars in merchandise from Montana Fly Company, Redington, Rio, Adventure Medical Kits, Quikclot, Sage, Beartooth Publishing, Hatch, Buffs, Black Diamond, Camelbak, GSI, Osprey, and Big Sky’s Wild Bear Designs.

            Casting ninja, Mike Atwell brought killer rods and held a casting contest and instruction. He and his wife Diane operate Atwell & Associates, and rep several of our most popular brands. Costa del Mar joined us and offered great deals and giveaways. The crew from Dr. Slick brought their tricked out drift boat to the party as well. They’re known for their precision fly tying tools and fishing accessories, and operate out of Belgrade, Montana. Thanks to all for coming!

            As part of the grand opening event, we teamed up with Lone Peak Cinema to show an amazing film, Where the Yellowstone Goes. We were lucky enough to be joined by the director, Hunter Weeks, and producer/wife Sarah Hall. The film chronicles Robert Hunter, Shannon Ongaro, and friends as they float a 600-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River. Located a short drive from Big Sky, the Yellowstone is incredibly scenic, and the longest undammed river in the lower 48. Calling it a fly fishing movie would be selling it short. Where the Yellowstone goes chronicles a beautiful river and moreover a memorable group of people.

            Mike Sprague of Trout Headwaters, Inc. also made it to the party.  Thanks so much for your work, and it was great to meet you!

            After the giveaway at Grizzly, Lone Peak Cinema arranged for a local ripping (Indie-folk-rock-alt-country-bluegrass) band, Holler ‘n Pine to play under the marquee. It was another gorgeous night in Big Sky, and the talented musicians added a wonderful vibe.

            The Lone Peak Cinema was packed. It has to be one of the coolest new theatres in existence, and every seat seems to be the best one. Before the movie, we held another giveaway! Grizzly Outfitters raffled more amazing items including: a Sage rod, Montana Fly Company reel, guided trip with our own Brian Kimmel Fly Fishing, copies of Where the Yellowstone Goes, and threw lots more swag into the crowd. Geez, that NEVER gets old. A million thanks to everyone who made this possible!

            After the movie, Hunter and Sarah held a Q&A, then Holler n’ Pine geared up for a full set. It was the perfect night, and I met a lot of people I hope to know for years!

I also met someone who reads this very blog – this one goes out to you, Seth! Let’s all get together soon!

 

            Come see us at Grizzly Outfitters, and stay tuned for more events. “LIKE” us on Facebook to get in on secret sales and special GIVEAWAYS!

 

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