Blog Posts For July 2015
We had an interesting one in the shop last week. Two Scott Radians and two Hatch reels that had been left on the top of a car and had fallen off on the freeway. I can't imagine the horror of seeing those slide off the roof and bounce down the road in the rearview mirror... Needless to say, the guy was pretty upset.
He had placed the two rods on the roof of his car to avoid crushing them under some duffels he was loading up. He said two out of three times he checks the roof of his car whenever he leaves anywhere just to make sure, and he didn't this time. You can bet he will ever time after this! One of the rods got away with some minor (but still crippling) damage, but the other got run over. Crushed the rod, and as you can see it did a number on the reel as well.
Downtown Bozeman is busy this weekend, it's Crazy Days! For those of you who don't know about it, Crazy Days is a big sidewalk sale that all the businesses in downtown Bozeman take part in. You can find some really great deals all around!
Here at the shop we have up to 50% off Simms, Patagonia, ExOfficio, Mountain Khakis, and more! Lots of great clothing is on sale, as well as some other odds and ends. The weather has been great this weekend and perfect for getting out on the river. Stop on by and gear up and head out on the water!
Pic of the Day: Madison River Rainbow
Cure your Monday blues with some fish pictures.
Handling Fish in Hot Water
Water temps are on the rise and Hoot Owl Restrictions are in place on several of our local rivers. It's only the second week of July. We've got a lot of summer ahead of us. There is still some really great fishing to be had, but you do have to keep a couple things in mind.
Use enough rod and a strong enough tippet to fight the fish quickly and easily. If you play a fish for too long in the warm water, it can't recover from the build up of lactic acid in its muscles. There also isn't as much oxygen in the warm water. Get them in quickly.
Leave them in the water as long as possible. If you have to get a picture, frame it out and have everything ready before you pull the fish out of the water. LIft the fish up, get your picture, and put them right back in. Minimize the time they aren't wet.
We have been seeing a lot of big, healthy, beautiful brown trout coming out of the Yellowstone this year. Our guides have been crushing it over there. With water levels and temps doing what they're doing, might as well make the most of it while you can. Here's a couple of examples of what we're talking about:
Farewell to the Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead have reunited for one final time this weekend in Chicago to celebrate 50 years of their music. The Dead have been a big part of shop owner's Rod King's life for many years. It seems like they are pretty ingrained in the fly fishing culture as well. Their music and their logo are everywhere. We've even got a Bozeman Angler sticker in their honor.
To celebrate the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary, anyone who reads this post, stops by the shop and tells us they read it will get a free sticker.
Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th of July from all of us at The Bozeman Angler! We hope all of you have a great day on the river, on the trail, or just in the backyard. This is a great holiday for being outside, and it looks like it'll be a beautiful day out there today. We appreciate you all and have a safe and happy weekend!