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A weekly podcast covering the topics and people that make Montana’s Outdoors like no other place in the world. 

Montana Outdoor Podcast Downrigger Dale & The Captain of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show

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A weekly podcast covering the topics and people that make Montana’s Outdoors like no other place in the world. 

    How to Find the Right Boat for You! Bretz RV & Marine Joined the Podcast with Some Ideas to Help with That!

    How to Find the Right Boat for You! Bretz RV & Marine Joined the Podcast with Some Ideas to Help with That!

    This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast Collin Griffiths with Bretz RV & Marine joined your host Downrigger Dale for a great discussion as we continued our series “How to Find the Right Boat for You”. Rigger and Collin covered a tremendous amount of ground, or should we say water covering all kinds of ideas and tips that will help you in your quest to find that boat you have always wanted. Collin from Bretz pointed out that this is a very important decision, not just because boats can be a very expensive investment, but also the right boat can keep you safe, help you find and catch the fish you are looking for and just makes things even more comfortable out on the water. One thing that will no doubt surprise you when you listen, is just how many different brands and types of boats that Bretz carries. Rigger was shocked at the way the Bretz selection is set up so that you can really zero in on the specifics of what you want your new boat to be able to do for you. For example, Collin talked about how more and more hunters are using their boats to get them to their favorite places to hunt and how the right boat can make packing out even a big bull elk a whole lot easier. The whole “using your boat for hunting”, discussion that the boys got into was VERY interesting. Collin also had some very interesting thoughts about the question of jet propulsion or prop propulsion that will for sure give you some things to think about. Speaking of Collin, his story of how he came to be one of the most knowledgeable boat guys at Bretz will really surprise you. As Rigger said after talking with Collin on the podcast, “in all my 60 plus years I have never heard of a career change like that!”. You have got to listen to hear that story! I bet you will never guess what Collin used to do before he joined Bretz over twenty years ago. Of course, that is just one of many things you will learn about when you listen to this week’s Montana Outdoor Podcast!

    If you would like to learn more about Bretz RV & Marine just click here. If you would like to take a look at all the boats that are available at Bretz across all their locations in Montana, Idaho and Washington click here. If you would like to ask Collin Griffiths a question, please click here to send him an email. Also, if you get a chance Downrigger Dale would love it if you clicked here to email him your thoughts about this podcast and your ideas for future podcasts.
    Remember to tune in to our live radio show, The Montana Outdoor Radio Show, every Saturday morning from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. The show airs on 30 radio stations all across the State of Montana. You can get a list of our affiliated radio stations on our website. You can also listen to recordings of past shows, get fishing and and hunting information and much more at that website or on our Facebook page. You can also watch our radio show there as well.

    • 52 min
    If You Listen to This Week’s Podcast With Chris From Townsend Marine You’ll be able to Cut Through the Boating B.S.!

    If You Listen to This Week’s Podcast With Chris From Townsend Marine You’ll be able to Cut Through the Boating B.S.!

    This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast your host Downrigger Dale had a great conversation with Chris McFadden, Owner of Townsend Marine. Chris is another perfect person to help Rigger continue his series on “How to Find the Right Boat for You”. When you listen to this podcast, you will hear Chris give all kinds of great advice like, make sure you learn about the people that work at the dealership before you go in. Have they been in the boating business for while? Do people you know, and trust recommend them? And list goes on from there. Just solid stuff that all to often we forget to check into. One of the many impressive things that Chris talked about was making sure the dealership you are talking to has a very strong knowledge base in the marine industry. For example, Townsend Marine’s top employees have all been there for well over twenty years. That is huge and it shows you that the folks that you will deal with or who will be working on your boat really know what they are doing. Chris also mentioned that this is Townsend Marine’s 30th anniversary! That in itself is amazing. However, what is maybe even more amazing is that customers and their families that did business with them in the beginning are still doing business with them to this day and have been sending the folks that they have met over the years to Townsend Marine. No wonder they are one of the Top Lund Boat dealers IN THE NATION! You really do need to  listen to this podcast. You will be very happy that you did!

    Be sure and click here to learn more about Townsend Marine. To view all the amazing Lund Boats, click here. To see some of the Pontoon Boats that Chris talked about click here. To view the entire inventory at Townsend Marine, click here. If you have a question for Chris McFadden, just click here to send him an email. Good old Downrigger would love to know what you thought of this podcast or if you have any ideas for future podcast topics, click here to send an email to Rigger.
    Remember to tune in to our live radio show, The Montana Outdoor Radio Show, every Saturday morning from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. The show airs on 30 radio stations all across the State of Montana. You can get a list of our affiliated radio stations on our website. You can also listen to recordings of past shows, get fishing and and hunting information and much more at that website or on our Facebook page. You can also watch our radio show there as well.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to Find the Right Boat for You, Matt From Mon-Dak has Answers!

    How to Find the Right Boat for You, Matt From Mon-Dak has Answers!

    This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast your host, Downrigger Dale sat down with the owner of Mon-Dak Marine, Mat Cowen. You might recall last year when Matt participated in out series about “How to Find the Right Boat for You” Matt gave some incredible information that was, well, wizard like! Which is how he got the nickname, the Wizard of the Waterways. Not sure if he likes that name Rigger gave him but it kinda stuck. This year on this installment of, “How to Find the Right Boat for You”, Matt opened up with even more of that knowledge from his wizard like mind and  gave us some fantastic  information about things you for sure should consider when buying our next watercraft. For example, a major topic that Downrigger and Matt covered was the question of what is the right horsepower to choose for the boat that you are leaning towards. Matt has an interesting thought on this topic and is something that you for sure should consider, so be sure and listen carefully. Here’s another great question that the boys talked about, should we buy an aluminum boat or a fiberglass boat? Matt gives some real interesting questions you should ask yourself to help you find your answer to that question. Yet another big question that often comes up when we are looking for a boat is, what brand of motor should be on the back of your new boat. Matt talked about some of the top brands like Yamaha, Mercury, and Suzuki, so which brand does Matt prefer? You’ll have to listen find that out! What about the benefits of owning a jet boat versus a prop boat? Well, there’s lots to consider there too and Matt brought up some that you may have never considered. Speaking of things to consider, a big one that a lot of folks forget about when choosing the right boat for them is what are you going to do with the boat in the future, for example with all the new technology that continues to come out every year, are you planning for that? Will there be enough spaces on your new boat to add batteries to power all that new technology?  Yup that’s the Wizard of the Waterways for ya, he is even helping you with things that will come up in the future that will save you a ton of money! All in all, when you listen to this podcast you just might find that you will want to make Matt Cowen YOUR Wizard of the Waterways to help you find the boat that is right for you now AND in the future!

    IMPORTANT: Don’t miss Matt here on the Montana Outdoor Podcast coming soon when he goes through the latest boat tech. 
    If you would like to learn more about Matt Cowen and Mon-Dak Marine click here. If you would like to learn more about the boats that are in stock right now at Mon-Dak Marine just click here! If you would like to ask Matt any questions about Caymas, Crestliner, or Warrior boats or want him to help you find a used boat that is right for you just click here to email Matt Cowen. 
    Remember to tune in to our live radio show, The Montana Outdoor Radio Show, every Saturday morning from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. The show airs on 30 radio stations all across the State of Montana. You can get a list of our affiliated radio stations on our website. You can also listen to recordings of past shows, get fishing and and hunting information and much more at that website or on our Facebook page. You can also watch our radio show there as well.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    How to Find the Right Boat for You! Perhaps a Warrior Might be the One?

    How to Find the Right Boat for You! Perhaps a Warrior Might be the One?

    This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast your host Downrigger Dale starts our annual series on “How to Find the Right Boat for You!”. Last year this series was a huge hit and if this episode of the Montana Outdoor Podcast is any indication it looks like this year’s series is going to be even better! Downrigger kicked off the first instalment of the series with Kent Andersen of Warrior Boats. Warrior is a boat manufacturer located 97 miles northwest of Minneapolis in Melrose, Minnesota. Warrior makes some of the finest fishing boats in the world which is probably why you see many of the fishing guides on Fort Peck Reservoir and other areas using them. Of course, Kent talked a lot about why you may want to consider buying a Warrior if you are thinking about getting a new boat this year, but he also gave some fantastic advice on what to consider in general when trying to decide which boat is best for you. If you are even remotely considering a new boat purchase, you FOR SURE need to listen to this podcast and all the other podcasts in the series that Downrigger will have for you in the coming weeks. After all, buying a new fishing boat is a major purchase so you want to make sure you learn about all the boats out there but more importantly you really want to make sure you Find the Right Boat for You! When you listen to this week’s podcast you will learn all about Warrior Boats and all the models they are offering this year, and boy to they have some cool new boats, but as I said Kent really gave some great advice about what to ask yourself to help you zero in on what kind of boat is right for you!

    To learn more about Warrior Boats and to see all the boats they have to offer this year just click here. If you have any questions for Downrigger’s guest Kent Andersen of Warrior Boats, be sure and click here to email him. If you would like to go see what Warrior Boats are in stock near you or you would like to talk more about Warrior Boats with a local dealer there are two dealers in Montana, click here to check out the Warriors at Mon-Dak Marine in Glasgow or simply click here to reach Wallace Marine in Great Falls. As always, your host Downrigger Dale would love to hear what you thought of this podcast or any of your ideas for future podcasts, just click here to email Downrigger.
    Remember to tune in to our live radio show, The Montana Outdoor Radio Show, every Saturday morning from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. The show airs on 30 radio stations all across the State of Montana. You can get a list of our affiliated radio stations on our website. You can also listen to recordings of past shows, get fishing and and hunting information and much more at that website or on our Facebook page. You can also watch our radio show there as well.

    • 58 min
    The History of One of Montana’s Most Legendary Outdoor Companies!

    The History of One of Montana’s Most Legendary Outdoor Companies!

    This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast your host Downrigger Dale sat down with the President of Bretz RV & Marine, Brandon Bretz. Bretz RV & Marine is truly an incredible outdoor company and a legend in the RV and boat business. Brandon shared some touching and at times funny stories about how this legendary company got its start, and how it almost never became what it is today. Spoiler Alert: Brandon’s story of how the business survived Covid is an unreal roller coaster ride! Bretz RV & Marine is and has always been a family business. Yes, there are for sure all kinds of horror stories about families getting into business but this, fortunately, is not one of them. The Bretz family has always been a close-knit family that for four generations has stuck together through the good times and the bad, and for well over a half a century has been bringing other families closer by getting them out into the great outdoors. When you listen to this podcast you will learn how it all started when his grandfather Frank and his grandmother Vi took over Vi’s parent’s gas station in Missoula. A rather humble beginning for what later was to become one of the most successful RV and Boat dealerships in the Country! What is even more amazing is how they got into the RV business. It all started when a stranger came into their gas station and asked a question. You will have to listen to, as Paul Harvey used to say, “hear the rest of the story”.  You will also get a little peek into the future of what is next for Bretz but rest assured one thing will stay the same as it always has, it will remain a family business and when you walk into the door of any of the Bretz dealerships you will be greeted by a helpful person that absolutely loves the outdoors and can’t wait to show you all things they have that can help you and your family and friends become a whole lot closer and for sure a heck of a lot happier. This Podcast will warm your heart and inspire you to get out and explore everything the outdoors has waiting just for you! Just like Frank and Vi found out all those years ago, you never know what might happen when you listen to an idea from a friendly stranger.

    When you listen to the podcast you will hear a bit of a recording of Brandon’s grandfather Frank. It is from a video that he made a few years before he passed. You really need to see whole thing, just click here to watch it. For more information about Bretz RV & Marine, click here! To learn more about their incredible story, click here. If you would like to learn about the incredible team of people at each of the six locations in Montana, Idaho, and Washington, simply click here. If you want to see all the RVs Bretz has waiting for you to look at, click here! If you want to see all the boats, they have just click here! Questions? Click here to contact Bretz RV & Marine.
    Remember to tune in to our live radio show, The Montana Outdoor Radio Show, every Saturday morning from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. The show airs on 30 radio stations all across the State of Montana. You can get a list of our affiliated radio stations on our website. You can also listen to recordings of past shows, get fishing and and hunting information and much more at that website or on our Facebook page. You can also watch our radio show there as well.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Spring Mack Days Fishing Tournament! Imagine Getting Paid for Every Lake Trout You Catch! Yes, That’s Possible! And it Can Add Up to a Whole Lot of Money!

    Spring Mack Days Fishing Tournament! Imagine Getting Paid for Every Lake Trout You Catch! Yes, That’s Possible! And it Can Add Up to a Whole Lot of Money!

    This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast your host Downrigger Dale talks to CSKT Fisheries Specialist, Cindy Benson and one of the top anglers in past Spring Mack Days Tournaments, Jason Mahlen. Jason has won the tournament many times!  You will be blown away by how much cash Jason Mahlen as made fishing in the Mack Days tournaments. Spoiler Alert: the total amount is in the SIX FIGURES! Yeah, this tournament, which starts on March 14th and runs through May 11th, has something for everyone, from the beginner angler to the pro. When you listen to the podcast you will learn that there are all kinds of ways to earn money fishing in this tournament, from just catching a lot of fish to maybe just catching one that is worth $1,000.00! And those are just two of the ways to win. The Tournament takes place on Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana and is one of the richest tournaments you will ever fish in. What maybe even more surprising than all the ways to win cash is the way this incredible tournament is run. For example, you can join in the fun anytime you want between March 14th and May 11th, and it only takes catching one fish to get the winnings going. Now, in addition to learning all about the ins and outs of the tournament you will also hear some great tips on how best to fish this tournament from award winning angler Jason Mahlen. Jason will give you tips on jigging for the lake trout and where he likes to go on Flathead Lake to catch them!  Jason even talks about the type of jigs he uses and what kind of bait has worked well for him. Best of all you will learn just how much fun this tournament is for the whole family to take part in.

    Want even more info? After you listen to the podcast be sure and come back to this article and click here to send Cindy Benson an email so you can get signed up to take part in the tournament and to get all your questions answered. Cindy has access to all the top anglers that have fished this tournament so she can even get any questions you have about how best to fish the tournament directly from them! If you would like to ask Jason Mahlen a question, just click here. You can also watch lots of different videos about how best to catch the HUGE lake trout on Flathead Lake by clicking here to watch videos about trolling or fishing off the docks for the Monster Macks. If you want to watch videos that will teach you about jigging for Macks click here. You can even read more about what all those videos show you by clicking here! As always, your old buddy and host of the Montana Outdoor Podcast, Downrigger Dale is always available via email by clicking here. Have fun out there fishing for Lake Trout at Spring Mack Days March 14th through May 11th!
    Remember to tune in to our live radio show, The Montana Outdoor Radio Show, every Saturday morning from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. The show airs on 30 radio stations all across the State of Montana. You can get a list of our affiliated radio stations on our website. You can also listen to recordings of past shows, get fishing and and hunting information and much more at that website or on our Facebook page. You can also watch our radio show there as well.

    • 1 hr 19 min

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Caught the show today. Great job guys! Brings back memories of Ice fishing in Central Montana with Dad driving the station wagon out onto the ice, hearing th egg ice cracking! Looking down into the hole and periodically clearing it with the spud bar! Just want to say Hi from our home in Kansas near Wichita. We live on a grass runway snd have a small plane. Still working full time. Going to try to come out this sjmmer. Maybe bring the plane to fly into the Bob or Selway! Miss you guys and Montana! Diane & Paul💞

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