Food for Thought
Quick and Dirty Fishing Report
Quick notes from the past few days of fishing Tyler and Ethan have been doing lately. Some hotspots, some maybes, and maybe some dry fly action! Dress warm, stay safe, and have fun!
Fly Tying Video: Leeches
Tyler whipping up some simple leech patterns using a dubbing loop. These quick ties can be deadly on the dead drift, or stripped in slower runs and lakes. Enjoy!
Things to consider when booking a guided trip
We are starting to get some phone calls inquiring about the 2017 fishing season already. Each trip is different, and we pride ourselves with customizing our trips to meet each client’s trip expectations. Here is a short list of common questions and suggestions to help you, no matter where you are planning to fish.
Sh*t You Hear In a Fly Shop (Montana Steelhead)
It was another typical fall day at the fly shop. A slow stream of customers, mostly the die-hard fisherman, or a few groups of visitors dropping in to get flies and licenses for their much anticipated trip to trout haven of Montana. A group stopped in that afternoon and the typical greeting ensued. I proceeded with where are you headed? They replied they were from out of town and looked at me confidently and said “Trail Creek.” Trail Creek is a small creek rarely more than 5 feet wide along a dirt road that is a short cut from Bozeman to the Paradise Valley section. My honest response was, awesome guys, haven’t fished there but have driven by it many times. The group looked at me with their jaws hung low. I proceeded to get information to print their fishing licenses when someone from the group interrupted and said, “So if you don’t fish what are you doing working in a fly shop.”
Weekend Fishing Strategy
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.
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..
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.
The Importance of a New Fly Line
“I would rather cast a cheap fly rod with the best quality line rather than a high end rod with old crappy line.” --some fly shop dude
There is a lot of truth to this quote. Often times people mistake casting flaws for issues with the rod, when in reality a new line would solve a lot of problems. New quality line such as those from Rio and Scientific Anglers will have a smooth slick finish, with a supple core. These are qualities that will deteriorate over the life of the line depending on how it is abused and cared for. New line will shoot through the guides without much friction, creating a smooth effortless casting stroke. Old line with coils, cracks and a tacky texture will cause a caster to use more force to get the line to shoot through the guides.
Fishing This Week
It looks like we will get a couple days above freezing this week. Fishing can get pretty good during these mini thaw periods we tend to get every now and again in winter. Here are just a few things to keep in mind while fishing during the winter cold months: