January is just about over, and most of us have gotten pretty well settled into the new year. Although it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, it’s still the middle of winter. There’s a long way till Spring. Thinking ahead to the summer time, warm weather, vacation and fishing can make the gloomy days seem not so bad.
If you’re planning a trip to Montana this summer, odds are good you’ve thought about fishing while you’re here. And if you’re thinking about doing that, you’ve probably thought about hiring a guide. And you should.
Here’s five reasons why:
Our fishing guides are on the water almost every day in the summer. They’ve been fishing and guiding on the rivers in our area for years. They know where the fish are, what they are eating, and how to best present a fly to them. They know the secret patterns, the best views, and exactly where to go on any given day depending on water and weather conditions. That’s a lot to figure out on your own.
If you’ve never tried fly fishing before or are still a beginner, it can be intimidating to think about trying to fish a new area on your own. Our guides take beginners fishing quite often. They are patient instructors and will not only help you catch fish on your day on the river, but will give you tips and advice that will make you a better fisherman. Even if you are an experienced angler, you can learn a lot by fishing with an experienced guide who knows the area well. Guides make the learning curve much, much easier to navigate.
Access to a Boat
We are fortunate enough to have a wide variety of water available to us in Bozeman. From small mountain creeks to raging rivers, we have it all. If you are on foot, you limit yourself pretty drastically. There are some anglers that prefer to fish on foot, and it’s an effective technique, but fishing from a boat does have several advantages.
You can cover a lot more water, giving you more shots at more fish than you would find wading. It’s easier to carry more gear in a boat. For example, if you wanted to bring an extra layer, jacket, or even a water bottle, there is more room. It’s more comfortable in a boat. You can sit down and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you gently float down the river. And it’s just fun to float. Being in a drift boat on one of the beautiful and famous rivers of Montana is an experience that every fishermen should have at least once.
Your time on vacation is precious. You don’t get too many chances to travel and enjoy some time off work. You want to make your available time the best it can be. Trying to go fishing on your own can be a lot of work if you don’t have the equipment or don’t know where to go. It can take up a lot of your time and is usually a hassle. Taking a guided trip will make everything smooth and easy and will ensure that your time on the water will the as productive and enjoyable as possible.
The last thing you want on vacation is stress. That’s what you’re trying to get away from, right? You don’t want to have to be worrying about choosing the right spot, the right flies, the right gear. If you’re an experienced angler that can be part of the fun, but if you’re new to fly fishing it can be overwhelming. Especially in a new place where you don’t the rivers, access points and flies as well. Let our guides handle all that for you. All you have to do is relax, enjoy the day and catch some fish.
The Bozeman Angler is now booking for 2015, don’t wait to get your trip lined up till the last minute. If you’ve ever got questions or need any recommendations, please give us a call at 406.587.9111.
See you this summer!