Happy Father's Day
The fishing is just rocking right now in Montana. Hope everyone gets after them this weekend and to make it easier for you MT FWP is offering a free fishing this weekend. That means anybody in Montana can fish without purchasing a fishing license on Saturday and Sunday as a Father's Day gift! Pretty cool chance to get out and spend some time with Dad on the water.
There is nothing quite like a morning on the river in Montana. Patrick recently spent a couple days fishing the Upper Madison, including spending a night out under the stars. He woke up to this one morning:
Kid's Camp Starting Soon
Do you have kids that want to learn to fish? We have the perfect option for you: The Bozeman Angler Summer Kid's Camp. This camp is designed to teach kids how to fish in a fun and no pressure kind of way. They will learn the basics of fly fishing including:
-Tying a Fly
-Fighting and Playing Fish
Salmonfly season is upon us! The West side and the Big Hole have had great hatches this year and now it's our turn. Reports have been coming in of people seeing a couple here and there on the Madison but they haven't really popped in any great numbers yet. With conditions being what they are, it won't be long now. As in, it could be today. Or tomorrow. Or really any day next week. Stay tuned for the latest...
Need to stock up on some patterns? Come check out our selection of flies. We've got dries, nymphs, everything you possibly might need. You don't want to be caught without the flies you need when the big bugs are hatching. This hatch is one of those that anglers all over the world look forward to and it pays to be ready for it.
Keep an eye on our blog, fishing reports, and Facebook page to stay on top of the latest on the hatch and where the bugs are! Call the shop at 406-587-9111 for the latest info.
Salmonfly Celebration Tonight!
If you're in the Bozeman area tonight you should come on down to The Baxter Hotel for a Salmonfly Celebration! This event is being hosted by flyfishingreports.com, and is a great way to socialize and enjoy one of the biggest and best hatches of the year. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited chapter so you know your money is going to a good cause.
There will be $10 bottomless pint glasses, raffles, and a salmonfly dry fly tying competition. The event starts at 7pm and will go till roughly around 9. It's sure to be a good time and a good party, so come on down and enjoy!
See you there!
Pic of the Day: Sneaky Sneaky
Sometimes you have to resort to being a little sneaky to catch fish. Sometimes even when you do that they won't eat. In this picture, shop guy Ethan Markie uses a boulder as cover to cast to rising trout on the Upper Madison.
Take a hike
Took a hike up Palisade Falls the other day and did some creek fishing on the way back along Hyalite. The creek was loaded with feisty bows and brookies that took the smaller sz. 18 attractor patterns really well. Got a few on the tungsten sure strike nymph in the faster pocket water stretches czech nymphing as well. A great work out for my little fiberglass 3wt. this spot is so incredible to be within reach of Bozeman.
High Water Brown Trout
We have had a lot of customers somewhat concerned about the high water our local rivers are experiencing. While this does put a damper on fishing on places like the Gallatin and the Yellowstone, high water doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t fish at all. The Madison system has been really great lately, even with the high water.
Guide Ladd Hogue has been crushing it on the Lower Madison, even with the high water. Here are a couple of his clients from the past week:
Fishing the Lakes
With the current runoff situation, lots of anglers are headed to the still water fisheries around town. We are lucky to have a pretty good one reasonably close: Hyalite Reservoir. The reservoir not only holds Bozeman’s water supply, but has good populations of Yellowstone Cutthroat, brook trout, and grayling. Hyalite Creek beneath the dam is one of the most popular small creeks in the Bozeman area as well.
The reservoir gets a lot of pressure, but is large enough that there is plenty of room for everyone. This time of year a lot of people head to the inlet, and it can be one of the more productive spots. But don’t overlook elsewhere on the lake. Submerged islands, shelves, the stream bed, drop-offs, submerged trees… All these places will hold fish.
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