Update on the Gallatin
The Gallatin has been fishing very well from 4-corners through Big Sky. The trout are starting to stack thick in the deeper slower runs. Concentrate on this type of water. Fish your nymphs heavy and slow. You really need to get the flies close to the fish this time of year. Unlike the warmer months, trout will not move very far for food in the winter due to the cold water and slow metabolism. A rubberlegs with a zebra midge trailer is hard to beat this time of year. Focus less on the specific choice of fly and more on making sure your flies are deep
Echo Rod/Reel Outfit… A Great Gift!!
ECHO is a small rod company located out in Vancouver, Washington. Their quality of product and customer service has proven to be top notch ever since we started dealing with them about a year ago. ECHO offers rods ranging from $90 to $350 and offers a great warranty plan. I think the biggest thing that has sold me on the ECHO company is that they are able to supply a large number and type of rods while still maintaining the small business feel. When you call ECHO, you are greeted with a real person in a friendly manner, and your issue is dealt with right away; something that is rare with other fly fishing companies out there.
ECHO offers a great entry-level rod kit. It includes the rod, reel, line and even a leader. Everything but a fishing license and a few flies that someone would need to start fishing immediately. It comes bundled up in a nice hard case, along with ECHO’s superior lifetime warranty.
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.