Mongolia: Without Vodka None of this Would Make Sense
There's a few places in the world every fly fisherman dreams of going. Seychelle's, Kamchatka, New Zealand, MONGOLIA. Most never get the chance to persue these destinations but every once in a while an opportunity presents itself making dreams a reality. My dad has worked in Mongolia ever since I was a kid primarily focusing on geology and mineral deposits in the Gobi desert. Growing up he was in Mongolia near 3 weeks of every month but stopped traveling to Mongolia 10 years ago. He decided to travel back this fall as a good friend from his 45 total trips to Mongolia invited him to come to his fishing camp, as well as take a look at a property in the Gobi desert near the Chinese Border. He knew I had mentioned going to Mongolia ever since I had started fly fishing and after months of preparing and booking plane tickets we were off for 16 days of travel.
Fish Kill Update
The Yellowstone River is now closed to fishing and all other recreational activities due to a fish-killing parasite. Read for more info.
Regarding Fish Kill and Hot Temps
Hoot Owl fishing restrictions and the recent whitefish kill on the Yellowstone are getting plenty of bad rap for the media. Read this blog to see our take on these recent events.
Fishing Tips - Dog Days of Summer
High air, water temps, and fishing traffic got you down? No worries! Here's a few tips on how the guys around the shop handle summer fishing around Bozeman.
Current Hoot Owl Closures- 7/16/16
Lots of mild weather in the region the past week or two. With the nice weather our rivers have cooled down and made for some real good July fishing. A couple of the water ways in the area have been lifted off of the Hoot Owl Closure!! Very good news for those of us that enjoy the evening dry fly bite.
10 Foot Rods... Think about it...
Ever see a slot in the middle of the river you would really like to get a good drift through? Or needed an extra little bit of rod to execute a long roll cast while tight to the willows? How about those long reach casts up on the MO? Hopper dropper setups from the front of a drift boat on the Yellowstone? I have been bugging a lot of people who come into the shop looking for a new rod, about looking into the 10 foot dimension. 10 times out of 10, they look at me and ask, "Why?" Why 10 foot over 9 foot? Do not get me wrong I love the 9 foot length. Its great, has always been great since it has been around and we've had the technology to support that length. If you already have a sweet selection of 9 foot rods in your closet, good. Don't mind me over here. If you are interested in shopping up a new rod this season, check this out. I have a couple reasons that lead me to believe that 10 foot rods may be.... (get ready for it)... BETTER than a 9 footer.. Just prepare yourself and bare with me..
Exploring New Country
I took advantage of having two days off in a row earlier this week by filling up the jeep with gas and gear and heading in a new direction. It felt good to log some long windshield miles again. Rumors of large unpressured trout kept the enthusiasm high. Even after living here for several years now, I am constantly reminded of how vast Montana is.
High water have you down? Fishing sound unproductive? Go anyways... And enjoy it.
Ever get up in the morning and get your things together to go to the river, then get to the river and it not be everything you ever hoped for? You've probably fished in the Rocky Mountains during the month of May. With weather and water conditions being extremely inconsistent and unpredictable, fishing can be more work than play. When a fisherman/fisherwoman finds himself or herself in this position he or she has two options. 1.) You could always throw up the white flag. Kneel before Mother Nature and go home. But no good stories come from such actions. 2.) You could figure out a way to enjoy what opportunity has been given to you. Seize the Day, ya know. Fish anyways. Just in case.. I choose #2 most of the time.
High Water Mark
Spring is here and more people are getting out and enjoying the great weather and great fishing! It is always such a great time of year, hearing everyone come into the shop and sharing their encounters with some of our local fish and rivers. One thing about this time of year, the high water pushes people closer to the high water mark. It is critical that we, as fisherman are aware of our boundaries. Respect the land and the land owners in our amazing state. The rules are in the sprotsmans' favor as it is, there is no reason to get greedy now. If you have any questions about legal access and or legal boundaries feel free to come into the shop and we can help you out. None of us want the battle between fisherman and landowner to continue and become more of an issue.
Also with all of that, the fishing is getting good and things are shaping up to be a great year in terms of water for us here in the region.
Fly Fishing Classes
If you have ever wanted to learn all the things you needed to know to go out and be successful on the river, we offer the class you're looking for. Everything from a 2 hour casting lesson, to the knots you'll need to know. Also the importance of river edicate will be discussed so we can all still be friends when we see each other out on the water enjoying the great fishing Montana has to offer. Lunch is also included and will be brought here to shop so you can snack while we go over reading water and fly selection on some of our trickier water ways.