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.
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.
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 like tying saltwater flies when it's this cold and pretending that the flats are closer.
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.
Took adavantage of this nice Fall weather and went for a hike on the Upper Madison yesterday. Found tons of midges coming off through the mid part of the day but the bright sun kept most fish feeding subsurface. Fish were very active on the Stonefly nymph trailed by a midge pupa combo and had a lot of fight in them, guess their getting ready for the long winter by aggressively feeding to fatten up. Some of the browns we found were all black and spawned out while some were still all golden and colored. I did see a few fish on redds building up future trout for next ye
This Fall has been great. I've been bird hunting a bit more than fishing but enjoying every bit of Montana in the Fall. The fishing has been pretty awesome as well with browns chasing streamers, late season baetis hatches on the spring creeks, and quite floats on the Yellowstone. We are getting ready for the Holiday season with lots of cool gifts for the angler in your life. If your like me and wait to the last minute to do your shopping we will be open to help with gift ideas. If your smarter than me and have started your shopping already we have a few thought
Just got a few of The Bozeman Reel Co's products in the shop and we are very proud to be the first shop in the area to display these well machined reels made 100% in Bozeman, MT. There are two models the RS is the fully sealed disc drag system and the SC is the classic click and pawl design for the purist in us all. These really are a very high quality piece of equipment and the whole production takes place about four blocks away from the Bozeman Angler shop in downtown Bozeman. Very cool stuff so swing by the shop if your interested in getting a look at these new reels.&n
The browns are mad and colored up and attacking streamers right now on the Madison. Caught this nice brown early morning on the Upper Madison near Varney bridge on a new crayfish pattern. He had eaten the fly so aggressively he pretty much hooked himself before i had time to react. Some days you put your skills to the test and others you just get lucky. Some crazy weather been passing through the area this week with high winds and rain causing some rivers to be off colored. Looks like a storm from the coast is headed this way so we might see some snow on the gr
The crayfish bite has been red hot lately on the Madison especially early in the day. Had a great visit from the Hively clan the last few days. A group of multi generational fishermen who unite in Bozeman every year to enjoy the area waters. Great guys and always a fun time to fish with. Mike demonstrates how to put a clouser crayfish to work with this solid rainbow in the picture. Fall streamer fishing is really getting under way and we've been putting together some awesome fly packages if you need a new box to replenish your supply that your buddies pillaged
Got a chance to spend the day in the front of a drift boat yesterday with my dad on the Yellowstone below Livingston. The fishing was pretty decent considering all the mud flowing lately from the rain in the park. Sounds like up high the water is still off color and closer to Livingston you get maybe three feet of visibilty with a greenish tint. The fish are going crazy for the nocturnal stonefly nymphs and occasionally eating a streamer or grasshopper.