With winter still settled in here in SW Montana, fishing has come to a standstill for the time being. That doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about fishing and the upcoming season. We are tying flies to fill the boxes, organizing the gear and re-ordering fishing supplies.
More water than you could fish in a summer! Bozeman is located within 30 miles of three "Blue Ribbon Streams": the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers.
Did you know that all our trips are all inclusive?
We can provide you with all the essentials if you do not want to travel with your gear. Including quality rods, reels, waders and boots. We also always provide leaders, flies of plenty of coaching throughout the day at no extra costs.
It’s no secret that trout love grasshoppers on the Yellowstone River here in Montana. There is also no shortage of guides in the area. These trout see lots of different hopper patterns drifted over their heads during August/September. Sometimes you need to stand out from the crowd and give your hopper pattern some movement.
Many days when I am guiding here in Montana on walk-and-wade trips or fishing out of the boat, I witness a client start fishing a run by wading out too far into the river and start casting into the "Juicy" good looking deeper water. There generally are many fish near the bank or in the shallows that either are spooked by the angler wading out or by the colored fly line passing over their heads.
A new bill was passed this spring to help fight Aquatic Invasive species in all our Montana waterways. There is a a new $15 charge for all people buying a fishing license for 2017. Whether you buy the shortest term or a season license you will have to pay this fee. This fee goes to fight the invasive species in our rivers and lakes. It is to fund boat inspection sites and personal to man them.
The Salmonfly hatch is probably the west's best known hatch and brings people from all over the world to fish Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington State. The adults can be up to three inches long and their clumsy nature makes them easy meals for trout who will gorge themselves on both the nymphs and adults. Like all stoneflies, they have incomplete metamorphism. Meaning that they spend most of their lives (up to three years) as nymphs, crawl to the banks when the water temperature and conditions are right, split their nymphal husks and emerge as adults. They then will live for a few days to about a week where they find a mate and the females will deposit their eggs back into the river, and then die.
When faced with an epic hatch like the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch you might be thinking that it is super easy to catch trout when there is such an abundance of food available to the trout. With millions of bugs out there and the trout looking for easy meals all you have to do is throw out your best imitation of an adult caddis and hang on. I have guided 22 years of this hatch and I am here to tell you that it is not that easy. Why you ask? Just because the bugs are present doesn’t mean that the trout are eagerly eating dries. I believe that there are many different stages of this hatch and you need to fish accordantly to have success. Here are my top tips for success for a mega hatch like the Mother’s Day Caddis.
The Collon Cura Lodge is a great property that is owned by Ted Turner. The property was very nice and had a small house where the guests stayed. And then at the main lodge they had a very nice sitting room, a small bar and a dinner area that could seat about 12 people. Our rooms were very nice and comfortable, and every amenity was welcome after camping the night before. After cleaning up we all made our way to the main lodge for drinks and appetizers. Soon we were seated around the dinning table as our gourmet meals were placed in front of us. We all made short work of a great meal and found our way back to our pillows. The great thing about this property is that they own at least 30 miles of the river so we would have it all to ourselves for the next two days of fantastic fly fishing.