Montana fly fishing information

Winter Angling in Big Sky is Back February 12 2014

After the painfully cold temps of last week, we are back to normal winter weather. Here's some advice to help! Sleep in a little and wait for the sun to show itself and warm the river up. Normally I would be racing out the door to get on the river, but not in the winter. The coffee has been brewed and I am sitting around thinking about breakfast. I know...

Crash Course in Entomology for fishing Montana's Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri Rivers near Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana February 07 2014

Most anglers need a basic understanding of insects when fly fishing for trout. You do not need to spout out Latin names or describe detailed lifecycles. However, it is important to know the differences between a nymph, an emerger, an adult, a terrestrial, and the various other types of foods trout may eat. A nymph isthe larval or pupa stage of an insect’s life. Nymphs live in a river year-round...

Even in winter...we long for winter fly fishing February 05 2014

Damn it's cold! I am craving for "winter" to come back. What we have now is nothing like winter. Winter means powder days and great fishing from noon to three. But...we'll back there soon, when it does...be ready...To get the best out of your winter fishing, here are some tips. A quality pair of waders and boots. Waders keep you dry and provide a layer of warmth. A pair of boots...

Leader of the Pack: Understanding Leaders and Tippets February 01 2014

Know what to use and when to use and the difference between monofilament and fluorocarbon Montana fly fishing tips and tactics.   As most folks who fish with me will attest, I do not approach fly fishing in an overly-technical. I am not concerned with are the fish eating a size 26 half-emerging-yet-still-larval-crippled-not-so-yet-spent mayflies, but more concerned with is a good drift being attained with your size 18 Parachute Adams....

Fly Fishing Into 2014 January 27 2014

As if you need another list of things you’ll do better…at least this one has to do with fishing   The start of my 2014 started like any other normal day in our house: my wife and I, in our bed, jockeying for position with our nine-year-old Labrador Retriever; the flat light of a slow sunrise over the Gallatin Range; and the thump-thump of our toddler sliding down the stairs...

The Fly Fisher’s Holiday Wish List December 18 2013

What the angler in your life truly wants for the Holidays   The season of gift-giving is upon us. Amongst Christmas Strolls, tree cuttings, office holiday parties, occasional early season powder days, and a few hours here-and-there on the stream, ample time should be committed to finding gifts for the important people in our lives. As fly fishers, we should be thankful gift-giving occurs in winter, because in warmer months...

A Big Sky Angler’s Thanksgiving List December 06 2013

An angler in Big Sky Country has many reasons to be thankful.   It happened to me again—one of those magical days late fall days in southwest Montana. I awoke to the soft morning sunlight on the peaks of the Gallatin Range, as my dog and daughter’s pattering feet provided the subtle hint of “time to get going dad.” I spoke briefly to a friend who was headed out hunting,...

Winter? Oh yeah. November 29 2013

Once again the winter season has descended upon Big Sky. For powder hounds and ridge-riders, it’s time to rejoice. For fly-fishers it can be a depressing time of the year, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact winter fly fishing is rewarding and easy to do, but sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, or perhaps the river for the rocks. As anglers we get caught thinking...

Easing Those Winter Doldrums: A few Quotes on Fly Fishing November 28 2013

Need a little brain food or introspective material to get you through the last weeks of winter? Here you go. From our Big Sky, Montana store and headquarters, fishing our local rivers like the Yellowstone and Madison, is not always an option....so we sometimes have to sit tight and catch up on our reading..here's a start!   My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To...

Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky Montana November 05 2012

Crazy online sales. Big Sky guided fly fishing trips.