Fly fishing has been called “the contemplative man’s recreation.”
In the same vein, wine could be described as “the contemplative man’s adult beverage.”
Each pursuit, particularly when “practiced” alone, allows plenty of time for deep thinking—the kind of contemplation often reserved for making important decisions. Imagine, then, the life-altering conclusions one could reach by combining fly fishing and wine drinking.
Actually, there is no need to imagine. In late March, three esteemed vintners will be leading an excursion to Montana that will include plenty of fly fishing and plenty of exquisite Napa Valley wine.
The dates are March 21-24, and the vintners are Rudy von Strasser of Von Strasser Winery, Brian Lamborn of Lamborn Family Vineyards, and Dave Miner of Miner Family Winery. Accommodations will be The Ranch at Rock Creek in southwestern Montana.
According to a media release, participants’ days will be “full of vigorous outdoor activity, including fly fishing with expert guides who will be offering casting lessons (great for beginners) or fly-tying classes in the warmth and coziness of the Silver Dollar Saloon.
“Your fly fishing trips will take place on a very private section of Rock Creek with approximately three miles of pristine stream. The type of angling could include dry flies (blue wing olives, march browns and skwallas) or, depending on the weather, maybe even Nymphing with large stonefly nymphs, pheasant tail and prince nymphs.
“Your nights will culminate with gourmet meals prepared by Executive Chef Josh Drage, who has a passionate commitment to using gourmet, organic and local ingredients in bold ways. These meals will accompany wine tastings boasting selections from Lamborn Vineyards, Miner Wines and the Von Strasser Winery, with the vintners themselves present to answer any questions you may have about their selections.”
Rates start at $995 per person per night, based on double occupancy. There are additional fees, so be sure to inquire when making a reservation at 877-786-1545.
Further information on this contemplative man’s (or woman’s) adventure is available here. If you go, I bet you’ll come home with some “big fish” tales… and perhaps some “big wine” stories as well.