Meet Courtney, One of Our New Faces – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Meet Courtney, One of Our New Faces

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Meet Courtney, One of Our New Faces

Now that we are amidst summer hours, the shop has introduced a few new faces into the mix. One of these new faces, Courtney, comes equipped with local knowledge and a smiling face.

I am a Bozeman area native, growing up in the small town of Belgrade, MT. Alongside my grandfather, I developed an enthusiasm toward fishing. As soon as I could walk, I was out on the old Bayliner, trolling near Holter Dam for big old walleye and perch. Trolling in the early hours of the morning, my grandpa and I would catch many, many fish, including some Kokanee Salmon. Then, once the sun began to go down, we would fish from the dock, even in the worst of weather

My favorite memory on the lake with my grandpa took place one July evening, about 12 years ago. As some know, Holter can be home to pretty severe thunderstorms. We had just brought the boat in when the clouds began to roll in and the wind began to pick up. We looked at each other and knew what the other was thinking: “we have to throw in a line.” The waves started rocking the boat, but that didn’t slow down the fishing. We pulled in one after another, with the wind and rain stinging our faces. As it was raining sideways, I heard my grandma’s voice shouting through the wind, “WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING DOWN THERE?!” With the severe weather, she came to check on us. My grandpa and I just looked at each other and smiled through the rain. “Well, it looks like we are fishing,” he said.

After many years of walleye fishing at Holter Lake, I developed a yearning for learning—learning the skill of fly-fishing. Although I am a sucker for the secret fishing spots in the valley, that doesn’t stop me from seeking out new water, from the Bitterroot Valley to Paradise Valley. I try to get as many fishing days in as possible, needing time away from MSU. At the moment, I am in the process of earning my doctorate in psychological science at MSU, looking to get more into research and statistical analysis.These days (when I’m not on campus trying to earn my graduate degree) you can catch me all across the western part of the state, hucking streamers in hopes of smacking some thick trout.

When out on the water, the streamers I like to use are Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows, and Silk Kitties. Our shop has a wide array of streamers of all colors, as well as dries and nymphs. Since working here, I’ve realized that our shop is definitely a one-stop shop for fly fishing. If you’re in the area, or even if you’re not, stop in and say hello! I’m excited to see what this summer brings.