Hi there, it's Smoke Signal publisher Gabe Fowler. Thanks for the nice article. Allow me to comment a bit, since nobody contacted me for this piece. First of all, I absolutely love Jay Rummel's work and am honored to be able to print it and possibly expose it to a larger audience. It is somewhat inaccurate to say I discovered Rummel's great work through "online shopping". An artist friend from Missoula introduced me to his work, which I quickly learned was almost completely unknown outside of Montana. I approached Barbara Koostra at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in an effort to learn more, and she directed me to Dana Gallery in Missoula. The gallery was either unable or unwilling to help me obtain Rummel work for print, but they told me he had no heirs. By this point I was fully obsessed with printing Rummel's work alongside contemporary cartoonists in Smoke Signal, so I searched high and low until I found Mr. McIlmay, who was attempting to sell Rummel work on craigslist. I'm very thankful for his help in making this project happen. I will also say that I've never spent even remotely this amount of money producing an issue of Smoke Signal and I'm completely broke now! But it was worth it as an editor to help people encounter this great work. Thanks for your time.
Congratulations to Walters and Rauch in starting Big Sky Breakout!! Can't wait to see it in person when I visit Missoula in July!!
A beautiful synopsis of an extraordinary relationship. Now it's time to fill in between the lines. We will all eagerly await. Love you, Dan.
I didn't know Jim well, but from what I know of him this is the most honest and accurate description of a man who was an icon in the literary and fly-fishing worlds.
There are very few guide/client relationships that have the longevity and depth the way this one has. Having that many quality days afield, on the water and the ever important 4:37 schedule is something most people will never come close to obtaining more than a few times in their life. I think you were both very fortunate to have known one another and share those experiences. We are all lucky for the words and memories left behind. Thank you for this.
A lovely full-throated tribute, Dan. Beautiful stuff.
Very fine, Dan! Your words bring back many wonderful memories of fishing with you and Jim over the years.
Dan, I feel like I know Jim personally just because of the stories you told me about your experiences fishing with him. I appreciate the way you treasure long lasting friendship as I have been on the receiving end of that. I am truly sorry for your loss. Hang in there my man; time will heal.
Lovely. Thanks for sharing these memories, Dan – they make me wish to have been a fly on the wall . . . or in the boat.
Great article and interview. Thanks for sharing your experiences with him.
A quotable article - and a quotable life, well-lived. Sorry for your loss Dan. Let's relive some of it with some cast and blast this fall. Followed by cotes-du-rhone. Been way too long.
Eugene Lewis is more amazing than you can imagine. He is so talented that if you have the chance to know him, you will be blown away by what he can do. He is not only a genius, but somebody that can understand and communicate with everyone, across borders. His musical understanding goes far beyond anyone I have ever met in all areas. He is the music whisperer!
Eugene Lewis is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He is talented and gifted and a complete genius.
For readers from Great Falls (or passing through): there's currently a great exhibition of Jennifer French's work on display in Great Falls' Paris Gibson Square.
Paleface is the opposite of racism... Truly, humble dudes who derogatorily are called Crackers, Wiggers & Honkies because of their love & admiration for Rap & Hip-Hop. The difference here & to be completely/brutaly honest is they embrace their whiteness. Paleface got love for all races, colors, creed & social/economic standings. 1 Love, Keep it 1000!!! #FreeFate
Charley is the funniest and most charming comedian out there today. They are the one to watch, this star is rising!
Great article Erika! I went to high school with Steve in Illinois. He's a good guy and he makes very interesting art work.
Anybody that likes Dickel is a friend of mine. I'll tip one for you amigo.Congratulations.
I really liked learning more about Claudia. This is a link directly to Every 28 Hours on the OSF website:
Thanks for this great writing! Here's a link to find the podcast. http://claudiaalick.blogspot.com/2014/10/episode-3-of-hold-on-wait-for-it.html?m=1
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