Steelhead Trip Olympic Peninsula
We had a last minute cancellation on Rod's hosted steelhead trip to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state so there are now two spots available. This trip is usually booked up a year in advance so having a spot open up is pretty uncommon because the area is so pristine with incredible fishing. The OP is one of the last great Wild Steelhead runs on the West coast and pair that with the rainforest habitat that the rivers flow through and it's a spectacular combination.
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.
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.
We all get the streamer bug pretty hard in the Fall and with all the chases and aggraessive grabs really whats not to like about it? The trend in the last few years amongst streamer guys is using the biggest fly possible to target the biggest fish in the river. Now there is nothing wrong with that and the pay off can result in a monster trout but sometimes it pays off to focus on the smaller size streamers as well.
Guide Season recap
Getting into the late Summer season we start to see less crowds on the river, big fish, and my favorite small mayfly's tricos, psuedos, and baetis. It has been an absolutely incredible season on Montana's waters with great fishing, great people, and great times. It's easy to let it all fly by in a blur but towards the end of the season when i get a day off it's nice to reflect on what i've seen/learned this year.
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.
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.