Our guests become part of our extended family. Here are a few notes we have received.
Dear John, John, John, Bob & Pat,
Talking about our just finished trip on the way home to the Seattle
area, my son Greg and I agreed that after sharing hunting and fishing
trips for the last fifteen years here in the West and Midwest, this
was the best one ever. The guides, facilities, waters, food and good-natured
bantering could not be surpassed. Catching an 18 inch Rainbow on a dry
and 6X tippet sure takes the hurt out of falling in and the resultant
ribbing around the breakfast table! One suggestion, add an item on your
list of things to bring, treats or toys for the dog. You will have a
faithful greeter each morning as you open the door.
Thanks for a great two day fishing break. Ed and I both had a great time and appreciated all that you did to make our weekend. Hope that your plumbing problem did not turn out to be too significant. Have checked the 'scrapbook' for the digital pictures but have not seen anything related to our trip yet. I will keep checking. If the pictures have been loaded and I cannot locate them, let me know.
Thanks again . Hubert
Back in the Netherlands, I think of the wonderful trip we made last week. It was a wonderful time. Pat, your cooking was great. John thanks for a perfect week fishing in Stevensville, Montana, the best fly-fishing place on earth. Lets go Dutch it was not 'zwaar kloote'.
I am sure we will meet again. Thank you for everything.
Ruud Duppen, The Netherlands
I just wanted to let you know how much Don and I enjoyed our stay!
John, before your patient instruction I wasn't sure I would ever get
the hang of flyfishing and catching my first fish was a thrill I will
never forget. Pat, your cooking was great and your company even better.
I can't wait until our trip next June. I know Don really wants to do
the Clark Fork next year but I will always love the incredible beauty
of the Blackfoot River especially since that is where I caught 'my fish'.
Thanks again for the best vacation of my life.
Dear John & Pat:
Dear John, Pat and Cody,
Hey John, Thanks again. We all enjoyed ourselves. Regarding next year,
Just wanted to let you know we all enjoyed fishing with you and Ken last Monday.The pictures you took for me turned out great!
Thanks for your help.Hate to wish my life away,but I'm already looking forward to next year.
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed your hospitality. The trip home
was long (1635 miles). Pat, I left 2 beers in the refrigerator freezer
in our room.
Hello to All,
My vacation this year in March, was truly a memorable one. Thanks John for having the patience to show me a few new things. I am practicing the double haul', and plan on perfecting it by the time I see you again!!! Thanks to Pat for the remarkable food. By the way, the breakfast casserole was a success back here in Missouri. Lastly, I must thank that 'maid' who always knew the wood supply was running short.
Thanks for being a part of our great fishing trip last September. We hope to do it again in a year or two. Enclosed are some pictures which I had promised to send. Thank for your patience and your helpfulness in teaching us new skills!
Sincerely, Ed Reitter
Eric and I sure had a great time. Thank you so much for the stellar day! Sorry the pictures are not the best quality. Now that I know the situation, I'll bring my good camera to get some prize photos. I'll be calling this week to set up another trip soon.
Your friend, Bob McCurdy
Thank you so much for your generous donation to our conservation banquet. With your support we had our best banquet ever. Then monies generated from the float trip and accomodations will go a long way towards this years youth program. Thanks again on behalf of myself and the KVCTV.
Sincerely, Barney Naylor
John, Pat and Ken
Thanks again for the great trip. It was nice to get into some fish (some really damn big fish), but even better to spend a wonderful week with you. Everything about your operation is first-class, and I consider it a rare pleasure to come out to Montana and be your guests. The fishing, the food, accomodations, fellowship, and scenery are all spectacular and we all look forward to spending many more pleasurable days and evenings in Big Sky Country with Backdoor Outfitters. I have enclosed some pictures from the trip that I took on my camera and the rest of the crew will be forwarding your their photographs as well.
Your friend, Frank D. Howell
Please see the enclosed check. I thank you again for being flexible and letting me send you a check. I just didn't think to bring a checkbook with me. I also gotta tell that I had a heck of a good time. Everything was wonderful; the accomodations, the food, the fishing, the company, the scenery, even the dog. Everything clicked because that was the best three nights of sleep I have had in a long time. I also appreciate yours, Pat's, and Ken's attention to detail. You made all of us feel right at home and comfortable with everything that we did. I can thank Pat for getting me to my all-time high weight of 192. My wife wasn't nearly as amused as I was.
Sincerely, Kenner Patton
John, Pat and Ken,
Well, I've been back from the valley for over a week now, but my mind is definitely still at your place. I want to thank all of you for making my first foray to Montana such a memorable experience. Cannot wait to do it again! Pat, I always thought the south had the market cornered on hospitality, but your kindness and attention will give my Southern Grandmother a run for her money! Thank you. John, your advice and patience were exceptional. When I was stubborn, so were you, and that is exactly the kind of treatment I need sometimes. You did a great job of putting us on the fish, and the value you offer gives my poor heart ease. Ken, your are a great counterpart with John. Your soft approach helped me get a fly to the fish many times during our stay. I look forward to fishing with you again soon.
Again, thank you all.
Best wishes, Bill Botsford
Dear John and Patricia,
Well, hello!! Just a couple of quick lines to say hi and basically to touch bases. Wish I were there. Coming home really sucked. I want to thank you both for an all around great time. Everything from breakfast, lunches, lodging, fishing, instruction, boats, my first bass on a fly, and even a great dog. It was all more than I could have even hoped for, so thanks again. You guys have a really cool operation.
Wishing I was fishing, Brad Raymond