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Bozeman Angler Blog

My last trip over to the Salmon river in Idaho got me back into spey casting and luckily this is a great time of year to catch trout on a swung fly in Montana.  Spent a couple days on the Missouri last week and had some awesome streamer fishing both from the both and wading with a two handed rod.  Spey casting is really fun for a number of reasons and for those of us who grew up fishing single hand rods it presents an enjoyable challenge that will ultimately improve your casting...

Things have been pretty awesome on the rivers lately and it could have a lot to do with the cold winter holding most anglers off until lately.  After a number of 20 below zero days it feels pretty great to be rowing boats on the area rivers.  The weather has been typical spring in Montana with some sunshine, clouds, and snow.  The fish are eating streamers and sipping midges in the foam trying to bulk up before runoff.  Our guide Ken Stock sent us this pic from the...

The ice has melted enough to get a boat down the ramp and the streamer fishing has been pretty decent lately.  Floated the Yellowstone and the Lower Madison inthe last two days.  The fish were pretty much doing the same thing both rivers, eating a slow retrieved white streamer or sipping midges in the foam.  Did catch a few on some beadheads but foir the most part we did fine going bobber free.  This can be a great time to have some stellar fishing on a very uncrowded...

The Bozeman Angler crew took a field trip out to four corners this morning to check out the Simms Factory and learn about how their amazing waders are created, seam by seam.  Our tour began in the repair department, where the friendly, avid fly-fishing staff, explained the process of checking your waders for pinholes by turning them inside out and spraying them with alcohol and then treating them with a thin layer of aquaseal.  Simms offers  a warrenty that includes free...

This Saturday, March 8th, The Emerson Theater will be filled with avid anglers for the 2014 International Fly Fishing Film Festival.  As the cold weather has forced us inside for most of this winter, I am sure, you, like me, are chomping at the bit to get out on the water.  Watching the amazing previews for the eight films featured on the website (flyflimfest.com), I am eager to head over to the festival on Saturday for fishing inspriation.  The International Fly Fishing Film...

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Feb. 28th-March 2nd are the Downtown Bozeman Winter Crazy Days.  The Bozeman Angler has some awesome deals on clothing, gear, fly rods and more. This is a great chance to build up your fly fishing arsenal at a fraction of the normal price.  Hope to see you there!!!

This last week has been very cold in Montana as is the rest of the country, so one thing that my mind drifts towards in this weather is checking on the snow pack.  A quick update of what the mountains look like now can give a good indicator of what the rivers will look like in the Summer months.  The areas most directly affecting us in the Bozeman region are looking great right now.

-Upper Yellowstone 106% of average

-Gallatin River Basin 105% of average

-Madison...

The upcoming guide season is begining to book up and we've even had some hard core winter fly fishers roll throught the area.  Our guide Ken Stock had a trip yesterday on the Madison and they had a blast catching fish and sipping hot coffee in between to break the chill.  It may have been one of Ken's coldest days guiding but a beautiful day on the water nonetheless.  Winter fishing offers some great moments of solitude, reflection, and even the occasional pod of trout sipping...

The next session of fly tying classes will begin Feb. 18th with an intermediate class and Feb. 20th for the beginner class.  Also open tying night is back every wednesday night from 7-9pm.  Open tying night is free and open to the public just bring your vise and stuff to tie.  We'll be here spinning bugs, hope to see you there.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour is rolling through town this Wednesday Jan. 29th.  The Bozeman Angler and Patagonia will also be putting on our annual pre-party from 4-6pm at the shop with FREE BEER & FOOD.  Come by and crack a cold one on us and let's go get fired up for fly fishing movies.

Had a decent couple of days off from the shop and found some time to hit up a couple favorite Winter fishing spots.  Sunday i headed to the Upper Madison and found some hard fighting trout feeding on stonefly nymphs and midge pupas.  Most all of the fish came from the slower edges and tailouts of the runs but if you get the flies in front of them and they eat!  Saw a group of Bighorn sheep on the drive home and again was reminded of why i live in Montana.

Monday was up...

Hey everybody!  With the streak of nice weather we're having, now is the perfect time to get out and do some fishing!  I got out a few days ago, and it felt more like Spring than Winter!  Lots of midges on the water on warmer days like this, so look for some pods of rising fish (a Griffith's Gnat is a favorite that would be a good pattern to try).  If you don't find risers, though, strap on a size 18-22 black or red midge pupa pattern behind a bigger fly (maybe a stonefly...

Just got some 2014 flasks, iphone covers, and water bottles from Montana Fly Co and the new designs are just awesome.  I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan and a huge fan of fly fishing so put them together in a moment to share with a libation and i'm in.  I hope the weather stays some what above freezing this weekend because I want to go fishing.  Might go hit up the Missouri and swing some midge pupas below the dam or I might head to the spring creeks for some sight nymphing.  ...

For the last artwalk downtown we showcased a new artist Wolfgang Schwartz who has some unique stone works with a fishing theme that we are happy to now carry for sale in our fly shop.  The Tarpon pictured above has me dreaming of fishing the saltwater as the snow continues to fall in the Rockies.  He does some georgous trout pieces as well.  Inspired by a decade of mastering the art of Stone Masonry, graphic design, and a deep connection to the outdoors.  The...

Got your raffle tickets for the Wheatley fly box packed full of flies yet?  We will do the drawing on Christmas eve right before we close up the shop and announce the winner.  Could be the best stocking stuffer gift ever.  The tickets are $1 a piece or 6 for $5.  Swing by the shop if you have any last minute gifts left to cross off the list.  I was thinking how great it would be if someone would just get me a dozen 9ft. 3x leaders or a box of film critics because i...

Local author and angler Keith McCafferty will be at the Bozeman Angler Saturday Dec. 21st from 11am-2pm for a book signing.  Keith has written two murder mystery novels "The Royal Wulff Murders" and the recent follow-up "The Gray Ghost Murders" both titles will be available...

Midges are pretty important to a trout's diet and should therefore be high on the fly fisherman's list as well.  A cousin to the mosquito, thankfully a non-biting one, midges are about the only aquatic insect that hatches every single month of the year.  If your like me and love to hit up tailwaters and spring creeks during the winter months than a good selection of small flies, long leaders, and light tippets are a must have from Fall to Springtime.

I will often trail a...

Bozeman's Christmas Stroll is tonight from 4:30-7:30 and we will have free coffee and tea in the shop to help beat the cold temperatures.  If you can't make it down town here are some gift ideas that we think are awesome for the fly fisher in your life.

-Bozeman Reels

-Bozeman Angler Mug...

The arctic winds have brought some serious Winter temps down into Montana this week making it finally feel like December.  It is tough to be outside when it's subzero numbers on the thermometer on the iphone so fishing will have to wait for a couple days.  We dont mind fishing in the cold but anything below 20 degrees is just to brutal to be on the water.  The obvious answer to me is to sit down at the tying desk and start spinning some bugs to replenish the fly boxes.  I...

Love the commitment to pride of living in MT and fishing, this gentleman who stopped in the shop today inked it on his arm and we think that is awesome.  The image is off a local artist Derek Deyoung's artwork who we also think is awesome.  we carry lots of phone cases, pint glasses, stickers, and prints of Derek's artwork if your not ready for a tattoo.  They make awesome gifts for the fisherman in your life.