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There aren’t a lot of knots that you need to know for fly fishing. But there are a few that you need to learn to ensure you have success out on the water. Whether you need to change your fly or replace your fly line, these knots will teach you the basics you need to know. Remember to moisten all your knots before you tighten them to avoid friction heat, which may weaken your connection.

The past few months I have sat in on a few of these committee meetings. They move awfully slow, but they seem to be making some progress on coming up with some suggestions for the Fish and Wildlife commission. It will be interesting to see where this leads.

If you have not been to Bozeman, Montana before, you might be surprised about the amenities for fishermen in the area. It is a college town of about 50,000 residents. It boasts many diverse restaurants for every taste. You can find mom and pop diners to really great steak houses and lots in between.

I can’t wait for spring. The snow has been falling, the polar vortex is blanketing the US, football is over, I officially have cabin fever. I have been sitting at the tying bench cranking out flies and letting my mind wander to days in shorts, rowing down the river soaking up the sun, and looking for trout poking there snouts through the surface and delicately slurping in insects.

Monday, January 14, 2019

When to Book your Montana Guide

Montana Trout Wranglers believes that your trip should be a special trip. We don't have 20 guides on staff. We aren't the biggest outfitter in the area. However, we choose quality over quantity.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Is the Madison River in Jeopardy?

The Madison River is one of Montana’s most iconic rivers. Many books, magazine articles and videos have been the focus of this famous river. It draws people all over the world to come and wade its waters or float the river though the scenic Madison River Valley. The upper river is nicknamed "the 50 mile riffle" for its shallow, fast moving freestone like water that the wild trout excel in. The lower river is a slow moving tailwater with a slightly different ecosystem but still with a healthy population of wild trout.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Now For Our Patagonia Trip

This year we will be hosting a fly fishing trip to Patagonia again. This is a very popular trip and space is limited to five anglers. Ron, the outfitter is one of the very best and his guide staff is second to none.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fishing High Water In Montana

In our area, many of the rivers are high and off-color right now. We have to adjust the way we fish to not only get down to the fish but also have success. With the water being off-color we can get away with using stronger leaders and tippets and bigger, flashier flies. You have to get your flies in front of the trout and get their attention.

Later this month there will be a meeting to discuss the fate for the Madison River for commercial use. Here is the press release I received from Montana Fish and Wildlife this week.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New Deals on Bozeman Hotels

We have been working diligently to find our clients the best rates at some great local hotels in Bozeman this spring. We are happy to announce that we have taken on a new hotel to offer another great price point to pass along to you.

I made quick plans with a fellow outfitter and buddy of mine to head out of town for a short fishing trip. We decided to run up to the Missoula area and check out the Bitteroot area to try hit the Skwala hatch. We had good reports of fish eating dries and it didn’t take much to have an excuse to get out of town and check it out. Plans were made, a few calls and a little research was done. We loaded up his camper and set out on the road with a drift boat in tow. We headed northwest and were excited about trout eating dries and spending some quality time on the river.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Montana Beaver Slide

Have you ever seen a Montana Beaver Slide? Invented in the Big Hole Valley around 1910 this was the latest technology in making hay stacks. Check out the video if you are interested.

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