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Bozeman Angler Blog

It's the little things.  Every day in the shop we hear how tiny a lot of the flies are, and how could a trout possibly eat something so small?  Going forward into fall a lot of the dries we are going to be fishing with will be shrinking down to the itty bitty size class, 18-20s and smaller.  As frustrating as these small flies can be to fish with sometimes, they are a vital part of a trout's diet.  

Most of those really little bugs are nearly impossible to see at...

Fall is the season of the brown trout.  Everyone chases them, everyone focuses on them.  But let's not forget the big rainbows you can get into this time of year.  This one ate a streamer on the Missouri River a couple of days ago.

This is a great time of year to fish.  Get out on the water!

Shop owner Rod King was able to get out and throw streamers during one of the first days of the year that really felt like fall.  Fishing was a little slow, but he was still able to connect with this beauty.  We were all a little surprised that it was as colored up as it was, this early in the year.  

There are few things as pretty as a brown in it's full spawning colors...

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Labor Day is almost upon us, and with it the official end of the summer season.  Hard to believe that the season is just about over... The cold snap last weekend and being able to look up and see snow on the peaks around town is a stark reminder that fall is on its way.  

The shop will be closing at 1pm on Labor Day, but that still gives you a lot of time to check out our sales we have...

Guide Ray Bernardo got his client Michael Buck into this hog of a brown on the Yellowstone recently.

 

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Even the dogs days of summer can produce some big fish!  

Photo credit Ray Bernardo.

The shop blog has been a little slow this summer.  Apologies.  It’s amazing how fast days can fly by with a shop full of customers!  It has been a great year for fishing, and lots and lots of happy people have been out on the local rivers enjoying the bounty of our waters.

Our guides have been running a lot of trips...

The Art Walk returns to downtown Bozeman this Friday, August 8.  Our featured artist is Bozeman based photographer Shane Rickert.  Shane is a gifted photographer, and his work has appeared on two magazine covers, several ads, and has popped up all over the fly fishing industry.  He is also a regular contributor to the fly fishing blog Chi Wulff.  You can check out more of his work on his website here:...

"Hoppers" is the word.  Every day, shop employees get asked by at least half a dozen people when the hoppers are going to start fishing.  The best we can say is that the hoppers are out and about, but they're not quite on the rivers yet.  The Bozeman area continues to get sporadic rainstorms every few days that keep the fields filled with moisture, which is what grasshoppers like.  In order for hoppers to start moving toward the water, one of two things will have to...

Fishing has been great in the Bozeman area this summer, and my dad recently came to town to enjoy some of the action!  We were able to make it out to the Gallatin and the Madison, and had a couple great days of walk-wading on both.  We were still able to find some caddis and PMD's on the water throughout the day, and there were a few golden stoneflies crawling around the banks in the morning.  

We were blessed with a lot of snow this last winter, so there's been plenty...

Been having some great days on the water lately and really enjoying sharing days with happy anglers.  Had a great day on the Gallatin yesterday with husband and wife fishing team Kelly and Mike.  We found lots of good trout feeding on PMDs and nymphs and the crowning moment of the day was a double hookup on a nice brown and a rainbow.  

The water is clear and the fishing is great get out now and enjoy the Summer in Montana!

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Have you been frustrated with your cast, or just want to improve yourself and your cast?  Instead of struggling with YouTube videos and hard to understand instructional books, why not take our Advanced Casting Class, taught by legendary casting instructor Bruce Richards. 

Bruce is doing a couple of casting classes for advancing casters here at the shop this...

You never know what kind of structure you might find in the river these days… A train derailed Thursday night near Superior, MT.  In all 19 cars were derailed, including three that were carrying 737 parts.  Several fuselages ended up in the river itself. 

 

An investigation and clean up...

What do Montana fishing guides do when they get a day off?  Head to the Henry’s Fork for a much needed day of relaxation and dry fly fishing. 

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Last week our guides Ken and Ty were kind enough to allow me and a couple friends to tag along to the Railroad Ranch of...

Ever since arriving in Montana, people have boasted numbers and stories about the Missouri River. 6,000 trout inhabit each mile of select river stretches with some ridiculous proportion of those being greater than 16 inches. It sounded like even some of the more inexperienced fishermen and women have historically been able to fool some giants. Personally, exploring Bear trap Canyon, alpine lakes and small creeks within biking distance kept my line tight and made motoring two and a half hours...

 The big bugs are out. Though they aren't out in great numbers, they are out. If you find yourself on water that won't bring trout to a salmon fly dry, try a golden stone or yellow sally imitation. Also PMD's are out in good numbers and bringing some fish to hand. If the dry fly game isn't getting it done, get some nymphs on the bottom and work up fish. Rubber legs, lightning bugs, and spankers have all been getting attention. The water on the Madison system is in great shape still and...

Join us this Saturday night (June 21) for a great presentation by Carlos Dinamarca of Aysen River Outfitters in Chile.  Carlos will be talking about the fishing opportunities in the Patagonia region of Chile.  The Aysen region of Chile is is located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, and is world renownded for its great fishing.  

The talk will be starting at 6:30.  Give the shop a call at 406.587.9111 for more information.  

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High water in the big rivers forces anglers to be resourceful.  When our options are limited, you have to be willing to do a little digging to find fishable water.  Even though rivers like the Madison are fishing well right now, there are still lots of folks looking for something more.

One of the best options is small water: creeks and streams....

 The fishing is very good right now and there is nobody here taking advantage of it. May and June in SW Montana is high dirty water season and It scares the crap out of most anglers. The Madison river is a tail water and it's flows are controlled by two dams. Though the water does rise and loses clarity, it never blows out and is always fishable. To a trout in a tail water system, high water means more food. Critters like sculpin and crayfish have a hard time navigating the faster...

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The rivers are high and muddy right now, and although anglers are getting into fish on them a lot of people don’t want to deal with high, muddy flows.  Fortunately there are other options in the local area.

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Allow me to introduce myself.  I am one of the new hires here at The Bozeman Angler, and you will be hearing from me a lot on here and across our social media channels. 

Some of you may be familiar with my ramblings at the fly fishing blog Chi Wulff.com, where I have been writing for the past seven years....