Unless you've been hangin' and bangin' up in the backcountry white room (like me), you're probably already thinking about fishing. The rivers are generally free of ice and inviting, despite the cold air. Some of you have even been out there, patiently casting into the ice-cold waters, just to keep the wrist loose and the eyes sharp and to get out-of-doors. Or maybe you've been doing a bit of ice fishing to take the edge off. But if that isn't doing it for you, COSTA presents the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Wilma Theatre. The tour boasts 11count 'em, 11short films about the fly-fishing lifestyle. Newbie fisher Robert Thompson, a third-year fly-fisherman, has created ReVerb: A Punk Rock Love Story about his band Pegboy and how they've used fishing to overcome one another and the road to become happier people. The film Hatch seeks out the world's largest insect hatches and finds a treasure trove of secret fly-fishing. No surprise, the Treasure State shows up in Missouri Trout, the story of dry fly-fishing on the Upper Missouri River near Craig that focuses on the people who give all their energy to the fishing lifestyle. If you can't contain your desire to see a world of fishing in mere hours, head to thef3t.com for film trailers and fish teasers.
The 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tours hooks up with the Wilma Theatre on Fri., Feb. 10, at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 or $12 adv. at Grizzly Hackle, Missoulian Angler, The Kingfisher and Blackfoot River Outfitters.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9
Dudes, come get your climb on during Freestone Climbing's Dude's Night. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10
Hey little archers and aspiring archers, Bowhunter Certification Courses will be held Sat., Jan. 23 and Sat., Feb. 11, from 8:30 AM–5:30 PM. The field course for both will be Sun., Feb. 12, from 1–4 PM. 3201 Spurgin Rd. Register by following the education links at fwp.mt.gov.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11
The Girls Way is taking a Snowshoeing Day Trip up Lolo Pass way and you kids and adults are invited. Equipment and transpo provided. 8:30–3 PM or so. $10 suggested donation. Call 830-3018 for more info.
This week's Winter Wilderness Walk is more walk than wilderness so grab your stuffy Uncle Ed and that layabout cousin of your'n and head to the Family Snowshoe in the Rattlesnake, a short two to three mile hike. Meet at the main parking lot at 9 AM. RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies, you've got to win this one for Mary Slaney. Run Wild Missoula hosts the Catch 'Em If You Can 5K, where ladies get a three-minute head start on the boys in a race down the Riverfront trail. 9:30 AM. $15. runwildmissoula.org.
The Super Bowl is over, so spend some quality time with the fam at the Missoula Children and Nature Network's Family Cross-Country Ski Outing up Pattee Canyon way, with instruction and gear provided by Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures. Pre-register by calling Ellie at 410-0236.
Missoula Parks and Rec. wants you to discover the treasure trove of fun that is Geocaching at Lubrecht Experiemental Forest. Learn how to operate a GPS and discover what lurks beneath the peat. 10–4 PM. Register Currents Aquatic Center or call 721-PARK. $24.
Get ready for the best two-word combo you'll read all week: subnivean collage. That's what happens at the Kid's Snow Stomper Program Under the Snow Blanket, which teaches youngsters 4-to-7-years-old how those critters live in the cold. Lone Pine State Park. 11–12 PM. $3. Call 755-2706 for more info.
Join a ranger from Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell for a Winter Discovery Snow Shoe Hike. BYOSS or rent a set from the park for $5. Familes with kids 10 and up welcome. 1–2 PM. Call Mary Beth at 755-2706 ext. 2.
Wolverines are coming to the Open Book Club in Seeley Lake via the works of Doug Chadwick, including a screening of the film Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom at 5:30 PM and a reading by Chadwick from The Wolverine Way at 7 PM. Grizzly Claw Trading Co. Free.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12
Air it out with Montana Naturist Organization for the Mid-Winter Soak and Swim, held at Missoula area hot springs. Celebrate the season and nude soaks with friends by contacting montananaturist.org fro more info.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 13
Hey there 'Rooters, it's Hunter Education time. Sign-up online by the Sun., Feb. 12 and come to the orientation on Mon., Feb. 13 at 7 PM. Assembly of God Church. 601 W. Main. fwp.mt.gov (follow links to Education).
At Slacker Mondays, from 6 PM until close, slackline fans can come to Freestone Climbing Center at 935 Toole Ave. to test their balance. $13/$10 for students. Visit freestoneclimbing.com.
Photographer Dick Walker talks warblers during his presentation for the Flathead Audubon Society Magee Marsh–Warbler Mecca and Migrant Trap, at the Summit. 205 Sunnyview Ln. 7 PM. Free.
Here about all the pretty birds that swing through the big old King Ranch during Brian Williams' program Legal Migrants: The Birds of South Texas. Gallagher Business Building, Rm. L14. 7 PM. Free.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15
Hey Brenda, this ain't L.A., so let's join Missoula Parks and Rec. and learn how to use a map, compass and GPS unit, um-kay? Beginner Map and Compass Skills meets from 6–8 PM and costs $8. Stop by Currents Aquatic Center to register or call 721- PARK.
Learn about the effects of the Mike Horse tailing dam rupture back in '75 when Ron Pierce of the FWP gives the MNHC's Evening Lecture Aquatic Resource Damage and Restoration Needs in the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex. 120 Hickory St. 7 PM. $4 suggested donation/ members free.
Join hiking fanatic Jake Bramante as he recounts via photos and video the tale of his effort to hike all 734 miles of Glacier Park's trails in one summer during his presentation Hike 734 in Glacier National Park. UM campus, Clapp Building, Rm. 131. 7:30–9:30 PM. Free.