Thankful for Fly fishing
Fly fishing has been the most constant and prevailing aspect of my entire life. For that, I am thankful for.
No matter how erratic my course may seem between changing jobs, moving, and being in and out of school, I can say without question that standing in the river waving a stick has always grounded me in some steady fashion. The ironic part is that much of the change in all other aspects of life has been caused by my constant pursuit of chasing fish with feathers.
Weekend Fishing Recap
I was on the fence about fishing Saturday. With a high temperature forecast to be right around freezing and bright sunny skies, it did not exactly stand out as a “must fish” type of day. I really didn’t have any other plans, so when the phone rang 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Patrick and I decided to brave the temps and head out.
We ended up driving to a tailwater system not too far away (by Montana standards) in hopes of dodging the slush that had formed on the rivers overnight. The drive was beautiful, and the traffic was light. Finally reaching our end destination we were greeted with warmer than expected air and zero wind.
Glass ain't dead
There is a small resurgence of interest in fiberglass rods on the water in the last few years and it may have more practical applications than you may think.
Just like how in modern day fly fishing rod materials are pretty much dominated by graphite materials there was a time when fiberglass controlled the world. My dad tells me a story about once a year when he was fly fishing in the 70's with my uncle and looked downstream at his brother and admiring his smooth loops laying out 40' or so of line effortlessly. At the end of the day he remarked at how good of a caster my uncle had become. My uncle responded that he had not been practicing his cast at all it was just his new rod made of space aged fiberglass! In those days the jump from bamboo rods to fiberglass was quite the game changer.
Fly Tying Class!!
Fly tying is a great way to stay connected to your fishing passion during the cold winter months and a great advancement in your world of angling skills. On top of all that it's just really fun and a lot easier than you might think. We are offering a few options to get you spinning hackles in the right direction.
Big Sale on Patagonia Waders & Wading Boots
Right now at the shop we have an amazing deal on all Patagonia Waders and Wading boots on sale at 40% OFF!!! That means the Rio Gallegos Zip-Fronts that are normally $599 end up being $359.40 with the discount. The lightweight Rio Azul waders that normally sell for $299 end up being $179.40! That's less than $180 for a high end pair of breathable waders, pretty sweet deal.
Winter Steelhead Trip
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington state is home to one of the largest runs of wild steelhead in the lower 48. The Bozeman Angler is offering a couple weeks of hosted fly fishing trips for these incredible fish and has a few openings left. Focusing mostly on the Hoh, Bogachiel, and Sol Duc rivers this is one of the best oppertunities to get into some fresh chromers in an incredibley beautiful coastal rainforest setting. Some of the hardest fighting fish on some of the prettiest waters in the world.
How things have changed
Found an old box of photos in the shop mostly fish pictures from the 90's and early 2000's. Brought back memories of fishing as a kid in giant oversized neoprene waders with click and pawl reels. You just got really hot and clammy midday and went for a swim to cool down. I never remember having anything clothing, boots, or waders that actually fit you'd just roll up the sleeves and hit the river draped in heavy cotton or some fabric that didn't breath at all. Still had a blast fishing but was very uncomfortabler at times.
Winter Fishing in Montana
Winter fishing can really be one of the best ways to enjoy Montana's waters in a calm and quiet atmosphere. The last two days have dropped a solid base of snow around Bozeman and that's enough to get us thinking about getting prepared to enjoy the next few months of cold weather angling. There are so many great options to get your trout fix around here during the cold season some people like winter fishing better than the Summertime.
End of the season? Nope...
“When does the fishing season end around these parts?” I get this question on almost a daily basis here at the shop. Truth is, catch and release trout fishing is a year-round endeavor for a lot of local fishy folk. Sure our ‘busy season’ is that May through September time frame, but winter fishing in Southwest Montana can provide some of the most productive adventurous trips of the year.
Breathe new life into packages of rabbit strips
Rabbit fur is a very versatile material for tying flies. It is a staple in many popular trout patterns such as the sculpzilla or my favorite, the copper zonker. Unfortunately, the way small packs of rabbit fur are packaged smashes down the fur and leather strips. This leads to a tangled mess that is hard to work with.
Luckily, there is a quick five-minute solution that will transform the rabbit strips back to the original pre-packaged condition. Simply boil some water and utilize the steam created to re-fluff the rabbit. Use a pair of tongs to hold the rabbit strips in path of the steam. Occasionally brush the fur back in one direction and pull on the leather to encourage the fur and hide back to the original position. Be careful not to leave the fur in the steam to the point where it is dripping wet with condensation.