Form and function: Butte fisherman, rod maker earns prestigious folk award



Butte’s Glenn Brackett is one of the country’s renowned makers of bamboo fly rods, but first and foremost he’s a fisherman.

Brackett, 73, is co-owner of Sweetgrass Rods in Twin Bridges, and he says he’s built his life around his love of the sport.

“I love to see what’s at the end of the line,” he said. “What’s going to bite? What they are biting on? What’s underneath the rocks? What’s around the bend? It’s a wonderful sport because it combines so many disciplines, but also it’s a great spiritual (tool) … It helps balance out a person’s life in terms of having a busy career and family life. And it just gives you that moment of peace and tranquility that reconnects you to all the things that make for a well-rounded life.”

 
Form and function: Butte fisherman, rod maker earns prestigious folk award