The Montana fly fishing guides at the Bozeman Angler are excited to announce that 2011 will be one of the best years for fly fishing in the Gallatin Valley in recent memory. This year’s winter was snowy and cold, which means a deep snow-pack and a high runoff that will start as soon as within the week. This will ensure excellent fly fishing on the Madison, Yellowstone, and Gallatin rivers starting as early as June and continuing late into the fall, so if even if you can't book a trip or make the time to visit Bozeman, MT before then, never fear. The fly fishing will still be phenomenal.
This week's guest fly tier is our own guide and friend, Ty Webb. Ty has tied flies commercially for many years. He will be demonstrating some great patterns to use on local rivers this season. This program is from noon to 3:00 on Saturday, March 19th at our shop. Come on down!
This week The Bozeman Angler is featuring guest fly tier, Doug McKnight, from noon until 3:00 p.m. Doug will be demonstrating some innovative ways to tie streamers, lake flies, hoppers, big dries and some great Mother's Day Caddis patterns to get us ready for the season.
This weekly winter program is free and open to all. We even offer you free coffee and cookies to enjoy!
The first Youth Fly Fishing Expo was held today in Bozeman. The Bozeman Angler, The River's Edge, Montana Troutfitters, Greater Yellowstone Flyfishers and Fins & Feathers fly shops joined together to sponsor this event for local children. Kids ages 8 - 16 learned to cast a fly rod and to fight a fish.
Rod King from the Bozeman Angler will be giving a presentation on fly fishing in Argentina on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on North 7th Avenue. The meeting and presentation are open to the public, so come on down and see photos of big trout.
It was reported to us today that the problem in the tower at the Hebgen Lake dam has been fixed and water flows are beginning to drop. The hope is to drop the flows by 20% each day until we reach 850 cfs on the Upper Madison. With dropping levels the fishing most likely will be affected this week until the river stabilizes. Thanks to all the crews, FWP and PP&L for their hard work in resolving this situation. We look forward to more great fishing on the Madison this fall.
We received a report this morning that there has been a malfunction at Hebgen Dam and the river has jumped to 3500 cfs and is rising. All fishing accesses from the dam to Ennis Lake are closed at this time. Check out the USGS website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/current?type-flow.