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May 2012

Had the pleasure of guiding a big group of fishermen who traveled from the great white north of Cananda to fly fish the local rivers.  Did the lower 1st day, the Upper the 2nd, and back to the lower the last day.  Every day was different in terms of fishing styles but they were all amazing and memorable.  The lower fished great with crayfish and nymphs the first day then with the cloud cover yesterday had baetis, PMDs, caddis, and yellow sallies for the dry fly action.  ...

I had the chance to get out of the shop so me and my girlfriend headed to some private water. The rain held off all day but the clouds stuck around making it perfect for streamers and nymphing. We found lots of fish with the nymphs and a few here and there with zonkers; including a 20+ inch fish that snapped the fly off close to the net and got away. It was her first big fish on a fly so it was pretty exciting. The colder weather forecasted for this memorial day weekend should help with the...

Went up to the Missouri with Miles Nolte the last couple of days to see what's happening on the mighty tailwater.  Found lots of steady action on smaller baetis and march brown nymphs and the short leash was definately key for me to obtain success.  Talking 4ft. from lead fly to indicator and being attentive and quick on the draw was also key as the takes were very subtle and quick.  We fished streamers hard the first day and turned two very large brown trout early on and that...

Though not all of the rivers are high and muddy yet, they soon will be. This is the time of the year that anglers start looking to the clear waters of our local public and private lakes to get that trout itch scratched. Have a fist full of leach, callibaetis (dry & nymphs), scuds, and chironomid patterns. With a few rivers out there still running clear, the lakes haven't been hit that hard yet,...

Dad floated Bear Trap Canyon the other day with his old buddy Randy Cain from Ennis, who is rumored to have rowed the kitchen sink in a hard sided drift boat at the age of 14.  It may be a rumor but it's one i'd beleive considering Randy's knowledge of the Madison and experience on the sticks and wild man attitude, and his Father was the one who told me that story.  The fishing was decent first half of day then slowed dramatically in the afternoon as the dam got spiked and flows...

Got this nice picture of a Sea Trout off of Sweden from a happy angler who also beleives in the good fishing a lucky Bozeman Angler hat can bring. The sea trout thing sounds pretty intense i'll have to try that someday?  A lot of miserable weather and wading chest deep in freezing saltwater waves casting 4inch eel patterns and giving an aggressive retrieve, sounds like a blast to me.  

In the area some good fishing has been going on I got a report this morning from the Henry'...

Headed out to check out the boulder valley yesterday with fishing buddy Ty Webb and was reminded again how amazing our backyard in Montana can be.  The fishing was nothing amazing to speak of, a few nice rainbows eating stonefly nymphs and some brookies but overall pretty slow.  The scenery and wildlife however was more than inspiring and the moose at the end of the day solidified the decision to head over this way as a really good one.  The water is a little green but clear...

Headed up to the middle of nowhere with my Dad to check out some private lakes and reservoirs for a change of pace the last two days.  An awesome oppertunity to put my 11' 6wt. Hardy rod to use and as per usual it performed fantastic.  When your sitting in a float tube at the waters surface a longer rod definately helps in casting and landing a fish.  Montana in the Spring is truly incredible scenery, weather, and fishing even if it only lasts a few weeks.  The hills are...

Seems like this is the time of year when just before the real high and muddy water comes you get some of the best fishing all year.  Maybe it's the weather or temperatures? Maybe it's just wearing the right lucky hat?  Cody Wetmore certainly agrees with this theory as the day he wore his Bozeman Angler hat in the Bear Trap Canyon recently he catches a 23" brown.  Hey we all have our reasons be it backed by scientific data or superstition but once it happens to catch you the...

Had a pretty killer two days of floating and fly fishing two amazing Montana rivers.  Floated the Big Hole on Monday and the Yellowstone on Tuesday both incredibly georgous and unique waterways in their own right.  The Big Hole was very cool and clear water and fished decent with nymphs and streamers.  Such awesome water merits leaving town at 5:30am and getting home at midnight for a day trip when you see one other boat besides yourself on the water the entire day!  ...

With inconsistent weather, you get inconsistent fishing. We all had high hopes of solid fishing with the return of seasonal weather, but what we got was big caddis hatches and spotty fishing. If you're on the Yellowstone, you can find fish eating bugs in the foam that forms in those big back eddies closer to Livingston. The fishing the last few day up stream, from mid-valley to the park, has been quite a struggle...

Fished and guided the on the Lower Madison the last two days and found some pretty awesome fishing.  Yesterday afternoon i was pleasantly surprised by millions of fluttering caddis.  There was a window of dry fly activity for about 45 minutes and during that period the fish were as hungry and stupid as they come.  It didn't seem to matter what caddis pattern i threw or how i threw it if it was on the water a fish went after it.  Just so cool to see so much insect life in...

It is a true testiment to the quality of the saltwater guides in the Bahamas when you can take a trout fisherman and have them seeing, stalking, and catching bonefish by themselves.  I have been lucky enough to make it to the Bahamas several times since i was about 14 years old myself and this year convinced my good friend Dan, a trout fisherman from Bozeman, to be my partner in crime.  Not only did Dan land a nice 7lb. bone on the second day of his trip but had enough good...

Had a great day yesterday fishing with Joel for rainbows and cooking up riverside brats.  Not a bad way to spend your day off.  We found that although the dirty worm and pink egg patterns caught a few fish once we switched to midge, baetis, and even streamers the catch rate increased considerably.  My hot flies of the day ended up being an egg sucking king prince, stalcup's baetis, copper zonker, and griffith's gnat.  There were a few fish coming to the surface mostly for...