Happy New Year Fly Fishing Newsletter

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Happy New Year Fly Fishing Newsletter


2016: Fish more this year
Resolutions, Cast & Carve, The Woolly Rubby, and more



Montana fly fishing trips

2015. What a year! Gallatin River Guides saw its best year ever, but as the snow piles up, 2016 is here already and we are excited. The Holiday bumrush is over and now it is time to get serious about fishing. Our January newsletter is a good one:

New Year’s Fishing Resolutions
Cast and Carve This Winter
The Gallatin River Woolly Rubby
Our increasingly popular Schools and Trout Tours

A very important FYI: Bookings for 2016 are coming in better than ever. If you know the dates you’ll be in Montana in 2016, contact us today to book your favorite guide. 

Fishing into 2016

Do these and make your inner angler happy

-Womens Fly Fishing School

-Learn to double haul. Ask an expert, watch an online video, or read a book. It doesn’t matter where you get your information, just dedicate time to learn this very useful skill.

-Watch your son or daughter catch their first fish on a fly. Make a point to observe rather than be wrapped-up in your own fishing.

-Support your local fly shop. We’re lucky in southwest Montana because fly shops are alive and well. They are your best source for local fishing reports and free information.

-Stalk a bonefish or cast to a permit. For those who have done both, you know the rush. For those who haven’t, find someone who has and invite them to coffee or a beer. Join us on a hosted trip to Turneffe Flats in Belize. It's our favorite place to chase salty species.

-Do a better job of cleaning gear. Aquatic invasive species are a serious concern to anglers in Montana. When traveling from one river to another, inspect, clean, and dry boots, waders, boats, and trailers.


-Splurge a few times. Pay the rod fee for a day on a private spring creek. Pay for a guided trip with the obnoxious in-laws—they might be more fun on a trout river. Treat yourself to the hot new rod or reel.

-Be more friendly on the river. We fish for various reasons: to be in nature; to challenge ourselves; for exercise; for solitude; for camaraderie; and many other personal reasons. Upon encountering other anglers, offer a polite “hello” or a “how’s the fishing?” You might meet a new angling friend or learn of an effective fly. If not, at least you offered a pleasant greeting.

Cast and Carve
Yes. You can have your cake and eat it too.


Winter fly fishing trips 

Too much of a good thing is never wrong. Skiing is good for the body and fly fishing is good for the soul. Why not mix-in some fly fishing between trips to the ski hill? The Gallatin River in winter is a unique fishery and our guides and staff want to share it with you. We offer two hour, half day, and full day trips. Truly enjoy your Best Day Ever—carve the freshies in the AM and tease the trouties in the PM. Dine, hot tub, sleep, repeat.

Call (406-995-2290), email or visit to plan a Montana fly fishing guide trip as part of your Big Sky, Montana ski vacation. Your legs and mojo will be glad you did...the fish, maybe not so...

Jimmy's Gallatin River Woolly Rubby
Fish one fly this winter. Fish it well.


The Gallatin River Woolly Rubby
We took the ever-popular Coffee and Black Pat's Rubberlegs and tweaked it for the streamer junkies out there! We all know (or should know) just how effective the Pat's Rubberlegs is on the Gallatin and other rivers, but there is a growing number of anglers that just want to throw streamers. This pattern can be stripped, swung or dead-drifted. We tied it in coffee and black, but feel free to play around with your own combinations to find something that is unique to you! 


Hook: Dai-Riki #730 sizes 6-12
Thread: Black or brown 140 denier or 6/0
Underbody: .025 non-lead wire, ~15 wraps
Tail: Grizzly dyed brown marabou and 4 strands brown Flexi Floss or comparable
Body: Medium or small variegated chenille coffee and black
Rib: 3x fluorocarbon
Legs: Brown Flexi floss tied in mid shank and near head
Hackle: Brown saddle

Learn, Travel, Fish
Our Schools and Trout Tours

Montana fly fishing
Photo by Allen Morris Jones

The 406 On The Fly Trout Tour
All the great rivers in one trip. That's called a no-brainer. Start with a few days out of Big Sky fishing the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, a private spring creek, or Yellowstone Park rivers. Then it's on up to the Missouri to fish to over 5,000 fish per mile and at the Land of the Giants. Pat has over 20 years experience on the Missouri, so, he knows it and the river's local guides well. 

Four day trip for $1575 per person, based on double occupancy and includes five nights lodging, all inclusive guide service and one day of private water rod fees or Land of the Giants surcharge. 

Five day trip for $1995 per person, based on double occupancy and includes six nights lodging, all inclusive guide service and two days of private water rod fees or Land of the Giants surcharge.

Six day trip for $2640 per person, based on double occupancy and includes seven nights lodging, all inclusive guide service and three days of private water rod fees or Land of the Giants surcharge.

The Montana Women's Fly Fishing School
Women want to fly fish. We've seen exponential growth in the number of women anglers. Our guide crew now includes several hard-working, fun, and fishy women. We've decided to blend the two and create the Montana Women's Fly Fishing School. Three days of friendship, fun, and fly fishing. For more information visit our website or call the shop and ask for Pat or Jimmy and they'll fill you in. We are running two schools a month starting in March 2016. The school is supported by our sister company, Montana Fishing Outfitters, and Simms Fishing products. 

The Montana Fishing Guide School
If you or someone you know has the desire to be a fly fishing guide in Montana or really wants to take their fishing to the next level, then steer them to our 7-day intense guide school on the spring creeks, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, and Missouri Rivers. Our school will challenge you and leave you with many new friends, but most importantly, leave you feeling much more comfortable in any angling situation. Visit the Montana Fishing Guide School and check out the course schedule and curriculum. We fish the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and Missouri River.

Contact us today to start planning. 

Big Sky and Area Lodging Options
Here are some of our favorites

Big Sky Resort. From now through mid-April, Big Sky Resort's slope-side lodging options are ideal. Minutes from the lifts and less than 20 minutes from our fly shop, winter lodging here is ideal for the skier-angler, or the angler-skier--whatever you prefer that day.

320 Ranch. Many longtime clients love this place . . .and we do too. On the Gallatin River near Big Sky, Montana the 320 is ideal for families wanting the full Western ranch experience.

Covered Wagon Ranch. Want the “old west” dude ranch experience? This is your place. All-inclusive packages and a three night stay minimum (some exceptions apply). This place fills up fast.

Buck's T4. The closest lodging to our fly fishing shop in Big Sky, Montana. Great hot tub. Special rates starting at $99 per night, but don’t forget to mention we sent you!
Inn on the Gallatin. Small cabins and RVs located on the Gallatin River. Very affordable and they have a great café! Cabins sleep 2-4 people and prices range between $69 and $98 per night. RV spots $55 night.

Fish and Ski Big Sky. Two great homes in the area, on the Gallatin River right in Big Sky.

The Corral. One of our favorites. Come as a guest, leave as a friend. Best bar to become a local in 15 minutes or less. Rooms can sleep 4 and start at $80 per night.
Vacation Big Sky. Big Sky local for a long time. Fine homes, cabins, and a great selection of river-side options.

Mountain Home. Fine homes, cabins, and a great selection of river-side options. If you are looking for that special place for your Montana fly fishing trip, try these folks. They cover every area where we provide service: Big Sky, Bozeman, Livingston, Gardiner, Ennis and West Yellowstone.

Missouri River Ranch. Our favorite place to stay when on the Mo. 

Contact us today to make your plans.
Gallatin River Guides
PO Box 160212, 47430 Gallatin Road/Hwy 191
Big Sky MT 59716

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