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Fall 2018


Donald T. Austin


“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him all good things-trout as well as eternal salvationcome by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”

Norman Maclean


36" X 18"




Digital Inkjet Proof; Images produced with iPhoto 7+ phone camera; Typography and layout produced in Adobe Illustrator


Clark Fork River, Montana


Columbus, Ohio

Time Period

Fall 2018

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During the last few days of October, I made a solo trip over to the Beaverhead Mountains with the intentions of catching a fish. I arrived at the junction of the Big Hole River and the Continental Divide near Wise River, MT greeted by a low overcast sky, 34º outside air temperature and a sustained wind of 25 mph… not what you would call ideal fishing conditions. I was already cold by the time I finished suiting-up into my waders and rigging-up my fly rod. I looked up and down the river and didn’t see another soul. I made a dozen or so casts with no results. I switched to a different fly. A dozen casts on that pattern produced the same outcome. My fingers started to get numb. I climbed back into the car and turned the heat on full blast while I drove to the next hole down the river. A few dozen more casts and a couple of different flies yielded yet again, zilch… not even a bump. Fishing is like that sometimes. I took a few photos just before darkness fell. It was then I became aware of how isolated I was in a setting that was simply stunning. For the past three hours, I hadn’t noticed any other vehicles on the road that ran next to the river. I decided to head back to Missoula for a room and the hopes that a good night’s rest would bring a nice rainbow the next day.

Montana Rivers 1

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