Montana fly fishing information

How Do You Plan to Fish Through 2017? January 16 2017

2016 is done. Está terminando. It was an interesting year on many fronts—and thankfully we are not going to revisit it anymore. It’s time to move on. And … go fishing. So I did just that on the first day of 2017. My destination was the Gallatin River north of Big Sky, and it did not disappoint. Can I remind you how lucky we are to have this trout stream...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Improved Disco Midge January 15 2017

Improved Disco Midge Hook: Dai-Riki #135 Size 18-58 ;) Thread: 70 denier, 8/0 or finer gel spun thread, color to match Underbody: Thread Body: Krystal Flash, Flashabou, or other pearlescent mylar Rib: Fine copper wire, color of your choice Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub or color of your choice (This is the improved part, as the traditional Disco would have been tied with peacock herl) This is a great midge pattern...

From Gridlock to Oar Locks: Parker Redmond Lives the Dream January 13 2017

Parker Redmond (in sunglasses and holding the net) grew up addicted to fishing. So why not turn his passion into a career? It took him a good bit of his adult life to gain the courage to give up the conventional life and chase that dream. From a successful business in southern California to now guiding for Montana Trout Stalkers and working for the Madison River Fishing Company, Parker has...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Mini Loop Sculpin January 12 2017

Solitude Fly Company's Mini Loop Sculpin Hook: Daiichi #2557 Size 6 Shank: OPST Dumbell Eye Shank 20mm Trailing line: RIO Extreme 4x tippet (or comparable product) Thread: 140 denier or 6/0, color to match Eyes: Small Lead Dumbell Eyes or comparable Tail: Barred Rabbit Strip, color to match Flash: Krystal Flash or Flashabou, color to match Body and Collar: Rabbit, dubbing loop will give best finished look, color to match...

Explore Big Sky: Rewind and reflect on an interesting year January 10 2017

By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist Snow is piling up. Fresh presents are landing under the tree each day. Kids are out of school for their winter break and the holiday bum-rush is reaching its peak. Thoughts of standing in the Gallatin River casting to rising fish are distant for many of us—and with the cold temperatures of late, not that practical either. But even if we cannot fish, we...

Explore Big Sky: Local's Fishing Report January 09 2017

By Jimmy Armijo-Grover What better way to ring in the new year than catching some spunky winter trout! In winter it's not about whether it's warm enough for fish to bite, it's about having the right layers and attitude to comfortably play outside. Fish need to consume a certain number of calories to survive and the colder it is the more they need to thrive. The best fishing access on...

Thursday Night Fly Tying: Flashback Pheasant Tail and Para Wulff Adams January 08 2017

Flashback Pheasant Tail Hard pattern to beat. The Pheasant Tail has been a tried and true pattern for decades. The standard pattern is a great imitation of a mayfly nymph and can be fished just about anywhere in the water column. A must have for any nympher's box. Hook: Dai-Riki #065 12-24 Thread: Black 8/0 or 70 denier Tail, abdomen and legs: Pheasant Tail Rib: Fine Copper Wire Wingcase: Pheasant...

Winter Fly Fishing Tips for Montana Fly Fishing Trips January 07 2017

A few fair fishing days ahead, but still definitely on the cold side. A few tricks to make your day a bit more enjoyable if you head out there:1. Apply Loon Ice Off Paste on your rod guides the night before to reduce ice build up.2. Get yourself a pair of Simms ExStream Wading Socks…trust me 3. Try applying antiperspirant to your feet before hand to help keep them warmer.4....

Rewind and reflect on an interesting year January 02 2017

Snow is piling up. Fresh presents are landing under the tree each day. Kids are out of school for their winter break and the holiday bum-rush is reaching its peak. Thoughts of standing in the Gallatin River casting to rising fish are distant for many of us—and with the cold temperatures of late, not that practical either. But even if we cannot fish, we can think about fishing. Here are...

From Sales to Oar Sticks: Where Are They Now? Darren Ward December 27 2016

For years, Darren Ward (holding fat brown trout) worked in an office, made sales visits, and towed the corporate line. He was great at his job, but he felt like something was missing. He loved to fish, enjoyed working hard and feeling satisfied at the end of the day. But each day on the commute home he thought, "there's got to be something out there for me..." Enter the Montana...

Get your guide on! Join us at the Montana Fishing Guide School. December 26 2016

  2017 marks the fifth year of our hugely successful Montana Fishing Guide School. We’ve gone from one session in March 2013 to seven on the books for 2017. Our first sessions are in March—only 15 weeks away. We created the Montana Fishing Guide School for two reasons: first; out of demand as we have several friends and clients suggest we run a guide school because we are just that...

Thursday Night Fly Tying...Matt's Midge December 22 2016

Hey all, We're back on the horse again and fly tying will take place every Thursday throughout the winter.  This week we'll be tying Matt's Midge. A simple pattern that is very representative of a single adult midge and is pretty visible relative for its size. Recipe Hooks: Dai-Riki #310 (Dry fly, straight eye) Sizes 18-22 Thread: 70 Denier or 8/0 black Body: Black thread Wing: White Zelon or Pink...

Explore Big Sky Fishing Report...Helpful Tips for Winter Fishing December 22 2016

I would have to guess that the biggest reason people avoid fishing in the winter is temperature. But people still ski, snowmobile and recreate in other ways in the winter? If you can stay warm while riding a lift or buzzing across the snow covered hills on a snowmobile you can stay warm while fishing. Here are some ideas to keep you happy on the river this winter from the...

From Special Operations to Drag Free Drifts: Guide School Graduate Lew Poage December 15 2016

Where Are They Now? Meet Lew Poage (with beard). Montana Fishing Guide School Graduate, makes it happen in the real world.  Lew Poage came to us from Georgia, via Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and lots of places in between. After an exciting, and at times dangerous, career in the US military special operations, Lew can now be found a-stream chasing fish and creating smiles.  Lew attended our June 2016 session. He wasn't...

From Special Ops to Drag Free Drifts: Guide School Graduate Lew Poage December 13 2016

Where Are They Now? Meet Lew Poage (with beard). Montana Fishing Guide School Graduate, makes it happen in the real world.  Lew Poage came to us from Georgia, via Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and lots of places in between. After an exciting, and at times dangerous, career in the US military special operations, Lew can now be found a-stream chasing fish and creating smiles.  Lew attended our June 2016 session. He wasn't...

Fly Fishing Gift Guide for 2016 December 07 2016

Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana. If you’re like most of us, finding time to shop for those in your life is another scribble on your list. Here are the season’s best gifts. You can buy all of these at Gallatin River Guides or online. Got questions? Contact us. Yeti Hopper Flip 12. Since Yeti’s inception in 2006, they are known for the best coolers on the planet. With the Hopper...

Montana fly fishing guide catches permit on SECOND CAST December 02 2016

"Hey, so we are gonna catch nine Permit each right?"  That's one of the first things I asked our guide.  I could tell he was a gonna be a cool guy and could take a hard time.  Being a guide, I had to try it. It's a question I get almost everyday so it only felt right to pass it on.   We started our first morning with delicious breakfast,...

Thanks-Fishing. Many reasons to be thankful this Holiday Season November 27 2016

On the morning of the Nov. 9, I took my daughter fishing on the Gallatin. She’s only 5 years old, so we spent more time skipping rocks and looking for petrified wood than we did with our lines in the water. Despite our lack of angling-centric focus, we managed to trick a few whitefish and a few trout. At the end of the day, the limestone cliffs near Storm Castle...

Montana Fishing Guide School Announces 2017 Dates November 20 2016

Big Sky, Bozeman, and Missouri River, Montana. November 20th 2016.  Another season of the Montana Fishing Guide School will be starting in less than four months. Our first session starts March 19th. As the success of the guide school grows, we are offering more sessions in 2017 to match demand.  2017 DATES HAVE BEEN SET March 19-25. Bozeman/Big Sky and Missouri River.March 26-April 1. Bozeman and Big Sky based. April...

Only a few more weeks of Shoulder Season November 19 2016

Enjoy the down time because ski season is around the corner By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist Author’s note: I will be chasing bonefish and permit the next two weeks, so I have rewritten a column from November 2013. This is my way of dealing with shoulder season. From fishing high mountain streams to chasing the last of the October caddis, fishing this time of year is both rewarding and...

Fall Fly Shop Day Dreamin' with Lauren October 03 2016

Wow. Busy summer in Big Sky. Busiest One Ever.  By Lauren Jackson, GRG fly shop staff Like many residents in resort communities I spent the majority of the summer juggling a few part-time jobs, (fly shop, musician, waitress) working long stretches without days off, trying to make hay while the sun shines. You know how the story goes: lots of work and little fishing.  All summer I have longed to have...

A Veteran Guide's Take on Recent Events September 28 2016

A veteran guide’s take on recent events.  A Reality Check on the Yellowstone.   By Patrick Straub  **This was originally published in a recent issue of Explore Big Sky More than three weeks have passed since Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed nearly 200 miles of the Yellowstone River downstream of the Yellowstone Park boundary. In response to an invasive parasite, the agency made a tough call to restrict water-based...

Late Summer Transitions. Finding fish when the fishing is tough. September 05 2016

*This piece was originally printed in Explore Big Sky by Pat Straub and has been slightly edited to be up to date for September.   Late Summer Teamwork As kids return to school, the nights get longer and the mornings cooler, and the number of visitors slowly wanes, the signs of summer’s exit are becoming more clear. As many of us shift from summer camps with the kids or constant motion—serving...

Locals Fishing Report for Explore Big Sky September 01 2016

Update: On August 19th the Yellowstone River was temporarily shut down from the Yellowstone Park boundary to Laurel, MT due to the discovery of a parasite that is responsible for the death of whitefish and some trout. Please contact your local fly shop or Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the most up to date information regarding the closure. September 1st: Yellowstone River below 89 Bridge has been reopened to fishing...