Blog Posts For May 2016
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.
Bugs are out in force; and variety.
Shop staff Ethan, Marley and I made it down to the river last night after a long day in the shop. Believe it or not, sipping trout were not necessarily our main target but it turned into that kind of a night. The bugs started coming off in force early, around 5 o'clock. Caddis swarmed around the railroad bridge, then a little later the midges came off in great numbers. As the evening progressed we laid eyes on BWO's, Tan & Black Caddis, Midges, March Browns, and a couple lone Grey Drakes.
Even with the constantly changing water conditions, the bug activity right now is border line crazy. Has all of us here at the shop feeling very optimistic about the months to come.