Today is a new day. We are opening the doors to Great Divide Outfitters for the first time without Big Al to sit on the porch and drink coffee. This of course does not mean that the porch will be empty. If you look closely in the morning sun you may spot a John Fetter and a Craig Jones drinking coffee and sunning themselves on this glorious day. The temps are suppose to reach the 70’s and that means that the fishing will be excellent but I will not guarantee the catching.  Come on down and get your bugs and listen to some BS if you have the time and don’t forget to get your shuttles and firewood for your camp-fest from us, fishing/camping season is officially OPEN!



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First Days Out: report

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Had a pretty decent day on the Big Hole a few days ago.  It was great to watch my wife, Lia Jones, rip buggers.  She is certainly becoming a pro and may just end up guiding for GDO in the future (she disagrees!) The weather has turned to snow and is dumping in the hills although little is reaching the valleys, which is fine with me.  By the end of the week it is predicted to reach the 70’s.  With the warming of the water expect to see skwala’s making their debut and better streamer fishing.  The shop is due to open this Friday, so stop on by and … Continue reading

Spring check up

The Big Hole has been having a wonderfully mild winter.  The bugs have already started to move, including large caddis, midges, and bwo’s.  I hit the water for GDO’s first guide trip of the year on friday with Richard Kolenda.  The fishing was slow due to the water being icy sludge and the color of coffee.  Mr Kolenda did manage to hook a couple and we did land one nice brown.

On Saturday I went out with my wife and floated the same section as the  day before.  I wanted to see if the nymph fishing would be any better than the streamer fishing on the previous day.  We put on around 1030 and did not catch a fish for at least an hour.  Lia managed to catch one nice brown on a copper sparkle minnow and my good friend, and guide, Thayer Nicholas, caught 4 or 5 on … Continue reading

Things are looking up while we spring forward.

Great Divide Outfitters had it’s interior painted and we are getting ready to open for the season with a whole new look.  It looks like this year may come earlier and earlier with all this warmth, but winter is not finished yet if you ask me. 

The Big Hole is clear and fishable, for now.  We are looking to be open mid March and the trips are coming in fast, so please book early to make sure you can join the fun.

Al, and Craig and Lia are out living it up, traveling abroad, and sending pictures when they can.  They do a pretty good job at having fun, and Craig will be back by next week which I can’t wait for.

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Southeast Asia adventures 2-4-2015

imageHello everyone!  While big Al has been playboying in the Bahamas, my wife and I decided we couldn’t let him have all the fun.  If you have spent a February in Montana then you know why we choose to skip this month all together.  Our Asia tour is starting in Vietnam, particularly Cat Ba Island. I will check on the fishing options ASAP and check in later on in the trip.  We miss you Montana, but for now I am going to let this beautiful country and wonderful culture blow my mind!


Craig and Lia Jones


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Nice Wahoo

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Lots of tasty fillets on that wahoo.

All is well here on Andros with not much new to report.

No recent salvage operations or rescues.

Hank is getting his freezer filled up with fish as he and Walter have been out bottom fishing almost every other day.

John just came in the dock from a trip to the south buoy. They caught 4 wahoo and 2 dolphin.

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Welcome from the new owners!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays, unwrapped their presents and stuffed their faces with this year’s holiday cookies.  I know I sure have.  This year’s greatest gift has been becoming a new owner of the Great Divide Outfitters, I’m sure my partners Craig and Lia Jones would agree.  I know some of you have fished with Craig before as he has been a guide for Al, but rest assured that Al has only retired to a part time guide, and will be available in some sort of a la carte style this season.

Last week the Big Hole almost froze over, then has recently thawed out to the banks with the slightly warmer temps.  Last night while every T.V. and radio station was calling for a winter storm,  I somehow woke up to 38 degree day early this morning, with even a little rain.  So once again in … Continue reading

Merry Christmas

P1000698Dead calm in Fresh Creek Harbor

In this photo you can also see  the new Government dock on the right that they just completed.

This past week you could not ask for better weather. I finally got serious about the bonefishing. A couple days ago I went way up  the creek and found lots of schools of bonefish.  Couldn’t find any big ones but had lots of action.

This is a story that is too funny and I will probably get in trouble telling it.

The other day Hank was in the process of repairing a broken spinning rod. He had the rod in one hand and had wrapped line around the broken part before he glued it. With his free hand he put the cap with the tube of super glue in his teeth to unscrew it. … Continue reading


emil-pretty_creekEmil with a nice bonefish in the North Bight

Not much to report except the weather has been relatively good with light winds and lots of sun.

Went after bonefish today for only the second time. Hooked two and should have had many more. Ran into two big  schools but couldn’t get em to eat. I  had on a pink gotcha and they would follow it but wouldn’t eat. I was basically too lazy to go back to the boat and change flies—-oh well next time will go with the basic tan.

Going outside to the reef again tomorrow. This time Gogie and I will be  looking for big mutton snappers.

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More Fish

P1000682Sight fish and hook into this guy.

The fishing competition keeps going  on. A few days ago up  the creek  I caught several more snapper than he did. So he suggested  a tournament the next day. I should have  known this was  just a bait and stupid me bit it. He literally kicked my butt next day.

Yesterday morning we  went out  with just a thought of catching just a few for  our dinner. We came back with enough fish to feed half of Fresh Creek. Fried yellowtail and grunt was for dinner last night. Those little grunts are super sweet.

Benry went to Red Bays on the west side yesterday and reported  excellent bonefishing.

Herman Bain reported good  fishing in Bowen Sound.

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