Jimmy Kimmel Crossed a Travel Adventure Off His Bucket List: ‘No Reasonable Person Would Think to Do This’

01/26/2016 at 01:06 PM ET

Jimmy Kimmel
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Sometimes bucket lists require actual buckets.

Jimmy Kimmel got to live his ultimate bucket list fantasy: Wading mid-thigh in Big Sky, Montana’s Gallatin River amongst onyx rocks and the imposing, pine-covered Levinski Ridge. The late-night host was joined by friends Chris Bianco and Adam Perry Lang, two acclaimed chefs, for a fly-fishing adventure in a setting worthy of a snow globe.

“No reasonable person would think to do this,” Kimmel told Robb Report, which organized the December excursion. “In fact, it wouldn’t even occur to me to fish for trout in the mountains with fresh snow on the ground.”

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The frigid waters of Montana are ideal for fly-fishing because they’re teaming with wild fish, like rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout, and the Gallatin, in particular holds special allure for Kimmel because it’s where Robert Redford shot several fishing scenes in A River Runs Through It.

Jimmy Kimmel
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“Most people think fly-fishing is very complicated, and it’s not something that they want to try,” Kimmel said in the story. “It’s not particularly complicated, and you can become proficient at it pretty quickly if you’re interested in it.”

He continues: “When you do get an idea that you might want to go out in a river and put on this unusual costume and try out this rod and reel that is not the one that your grandpa taught you to use, you watch a movie called A River Runs Through It; and when you see it, you’re entranced. To fish in the river where that movie was shot is a very special thing.”

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After a very “buckety” day at the river (they caught over a dozen trout), they headed back to cook to the Yellowstone Club to cook a sumptuous, produce-heavy meal that screams “Montana”: wild mushrooms with toasted hazelnuts, pasta with bay leaves and dried-heirloom-tomato pesto, a citrus salad and more … all paired with a significant amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.

“This is how I want to spend the last part of my life: Coming out to a river. Standing in the river. Listening to the river. Seeing the birds in the trees. And seeing these beautiful fish that present themselves to you. You have a little moment with them where you catch them, you see them, you say good-bye to them, and you send them on their way.”

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Where To Stay:
The Yellowstone Club: 3,600 acre private residential community surrounded by the Rocky Mountains with world-class ski trails, golf courses, as well as restaurants, lodges, and cafés serving regional cuisine.

What To Do:
Fly fish in the Gallatin River
Hike at Yellowstone National Park
Cross-country ski at the Lone Mountain
Rock Climb in the Gallatin Canyon

Where to Eat:
Warren Miller Dining Room (Yellowstone Club)
Caribiner Lounge (Big Sky Resort)

Jimmy Kimmel
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— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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