Take The Time To Look Around
The first week after daylight savings time kicks in is always kind of weird. You walk out of work at closing time and realize with a shock that it's still light out. It takes a few days for your sleep patterns to normalize. And you have that sudden flash of thought all of sudden there is enough time to go fishing after work.
Last Monday, the first work day after the time change, Ethan and I decided to bust out of work in a hurry and head down to the Lower Madison to swing flies for an hour or so before it got dark. The sun was shining and it was just a beautiful day and all day in the shop all I could think about was getting out on the river.
Never Stop Learning
One of the aspects of fly fishing that keeps me always challenged and entertained is that there is no shortage of things to learn from the sport. It is a great paradigm if you consider that it's an activity that is easy enough for anybody to learn to do their first day out but could take an entire lifetime to master. One thing I like to challenge myself with is always thinking outside the box. Just because the fish ate this fly in the same spot yesterday doesn't mean it will be the same tomorrow. Once you find something that works it might be the the time to change up. That may seem strange because once you find the right setup the natural reaction is to stick with that and catch the rest of the fish. Taking the risk of using a fly, for example, that you have never caught a fish on may unlock another door to what works and what doesn't.
Rod Review: R.L. Winston Boron III X
The perfect trout rod means something different to everyone. You want something that is delicate enough to lay down small flies and light tippets, but strong enough to throw a double nymph rig, cut through the wind, and fight big fish. You also want something that is sensitive enough to feel every head shake of the fish you’re fighting.
Fly fishing is a sport that inspires a lot of dedication. You see anglers that are dedicated to only fishing dries, or only fishing soft hackles on the swing, or only fishing one particular river. Once you find something that works for you, why do anything else?
One thing that I’ve been pretty dedicated to lately is swinging flies on a Spey rod for trout. It’s one of those things that is still new enough out here you don’t see very many people doing it or even talking about it. But it works. Very well.
Fly Tying Video: Complex Dubbing Twist Zonker
We've been wanting to do some fly tying videos for some time now, and finally have some to show! The Bozeman Angler's first fly tying video is now up on YouTube! Subscribe to our channel to keep up to date on the latest videos we post.
The fly we chose to post first is a Complex Dubbing Twist Zonker. Getting inspiration from the classic zonker, bonefish flies, and the guys at Fly Fish Food, Peter crafted this fly for rivers like the Missouri and the Madison. It works very well. It's been fished on the swing, dead drifted and stripped and it always looks good in the water.
You Know It's Going To Be A Good Day When...
You know it's going to be a good day on the water when you haven't even been there for more than a couple mores and have already lost track of how many fish you've caught.
While Peter and I are stuck in the shop on this beautiful and sunny day, shop guy Ethan and guide Ken Stock are out on the Missouri. In the sunshine. Catching fish. Hand over fist. And sending me lots of pictures. Damn.
Those days when the fishing is just lights out can be few and far between and should always be enjoyed. If you know where to go and what to use and the conditions line up, you can have days like that even in the middle of winter. Some of the best days of fishing I've ever seen or had have been in the winter months.
Last Call for Streamer Tying Class
Our Streamer Tying Class starts tonight and we have a couple of empty seats left at the table… Want to join?
The Bozeman Angler on YouTube
The Bozeman Angler is now on YouTube! Subscribe to our channel for fly tying videos, gear reviews, knot tying, and more.
Tacky Fly Boxes Are Here!
The wait is over… Tacky Fly Boxes are now in stock!
Deer hair razors
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