By Chuck Stranahan
The Fly Fishing Journal 

Where field biology, fly fishing, and young people meet


October 12, 2023

Chuck Stranahan, FFJ

Ellie Pearce, left, follows Jim Cline's near-perfect casting form as other students practice.

It was an unusual sight. If you glanced at it driving by, you'd do a second take, have a second look.

There were a bunch of high school kids, standing in a neat row with fly lines unfurling in pretty loops behind them, (normal enough for a Montana high school) but these kids looked weird – and weirdly out of place.

It was Homecoming Week at Hamilton High. And the dress theme for the day was Hippies and Hicks. You'd see everything from dirty jeans, muck boots and dilapidated straw hats on one to bright tie-dyed everything and peace symbol earrings as big as saucers on another. The kids wer...

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