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UMW alumnus launches Expedition Lodge

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For Justin Hartman, a 2006 University of Montana Western business management graduate, academics and hunting and fishing always were synonymous. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Justin and Sarah Hartman. Photo courtesy of Christina Engle, Patchwork Photography"]Patchwork_Justin_Sarah_Pic[/caption] For Justin Hartman, a 2006 University of Montana Western business management graduate, academics and hunting and fishing always were synonymous. Hartman, now 28 years old, remembers having a revelation at a college seminar while attending Montana Western. “I thought to myself, if I can hunt and fish for the rest of my life, that’s what I want to do,” Hartman explains. Two years after he graduated, Hartman set about doing just that. After working in local fly shops, Hartman launched Tight Line Adventures in 2008. The fly-fishing guide business is now in its fourth successful year and guides clients on the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Big Horn, Jefferson, Madison and Ruby rivers as well as local spring creeks. Hartman manages Tight Line Adventures with his wife Sarah, and the couple also recently launched a new venture to offer accommodation for their clients and the public: Expedition Lodge. Located just south of Dillon, the 4,000 square foot lodge is open to the public for business retreats, reunions and parties in addition to serving the needs of Tight Line Adventures clients. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Expedition Lodge. Photo courtesy of Tight Line Adventures."]Expedition Lodge[/caption]“A lot of people were requesting places other than a hotel,” Hartman says. “We looked for a place for two years before finding the right lodge. We remodeled it from Thanksgiving [2010] until Memorial Day [2011] and once we opened it the lodge was filled in for 15 weeks with little advertising.” Hartman says his experience at Montana Western helped prepare him to run his own small business. “A lot of my professors were small business owners who provided first-hand experience,” Hartman remembers. “They helped teach me a lot of things that weren’t in the text books.” For more information on Tight Line Adventures and Expedition Lodge, visit tightlinemontana.com