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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!

Peter

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....

Things are still muddy and high but we are still fishing some area rivers with good results.  Our trip yesterday floated the Lower Madison and got into some nice fish on the crayfish and black buggers.  Visibility is a few inches but enough to get into some trout in the slow water pockets.  A slow dead drift has been key to get it front of there face, but when you do it's on!

Peter

We are right in the middle of Spring runnoff on our area freestone rivers.  The tailwaters (madison, Missouri, Beaverhead) are holding a bit more steady and fishing well but it's gonna be a few weeks before we are floating the Yellowstone.  The picture above is of the Yellowstone at Emigrant bridge with a flow of 31,000cfs.  Pretty awesome sight to witness this river go from around 1,200cfs at it's lowest to just completely full of water.  A healthy transition this...

Runoff is in full swing right now but as long as you learn to think outside of the box you'll get into fish.  The Madison has been pretty good lately despite it's off color water.  We've been getting some fish to go on dead drifted crayfish and flashy nymphs and streamers.  Our guide Ty Webb had angler Bob in his boat yesterday when they picked up this nice brown off the Lower Madison.  Really pay attention to the soft slow moving spots of the river which during runoff is...

Just got in a batch of the newest best floatant on the market.  The Mega Float company is based out of Bozeman and it's non-toxic, non-flammable, works great on all flies including CDC, and it works great as a line dressing without disturbing line coating.  This stuff is seriously strong floatant.  I finally got a chance to put some to use last week during the Mother's day caddis hatch on the Yellowstone and it did everything i really wanted.  Kept flies riding high and i...

Spent the day on the Upper madison yesterday with anglers Phil and Rudy.  We braved the cold and wet weather to get in to some nice fish and have a good time.  Rudy had a number of firsts yesterday including his first trout on a fly rod as well as first time seeing an osprey dive down to catch a fish out of the river.  Seeing these guys laughing with bent rods really made my day and reminded me that it's about having fun.  The fishing seemed to get better the worse the...

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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...