Soft hackle flies have been around from almost the beginning of the sport. They are not a dry fly and not a nymph in most cases. They have a special niche in the sport and many people have neither taken the time to fish them or have forgotten about them totally. They can be a deadly fly in your fly box and there isn’t a wrong way to fish them. Their simplistic patterns make them easy to tie in many different combinations to cover different emergences and patterns.
Some of our new clients ask us how many we are allowed to keep when fishing, or how many coolers should they bring to take home their catch. This is always a touchy subject but many people do not understand how valuable our trout are to us and our local economy. I do not think that you would be able to find a guide, outfitter or fly shop in the state that would allow this.
Some years when we have low water and unseasonable hot weather the state will put into effect the most common restriction called a “Hoot Owl” restriction. It allows the rivers to be closed to fishing from 2pm-midnight.
Many of our customers are surprised about the size of leaders and tippets we use for our western rivers.
Technology is all around us these days and is evolving and making our lives easier. In the fly fishing industry it is also now an integral part of our daily program.
Sometimes conditions are not perfect for fly fishing, especially in the spring time with the snow pack melting in the mountains. With inconsistent weather patterns moving through, many of our local rivers can be fishable one day and unfishable the next. This time of year you have to be flexible to find the best conditions. This week I took a few days on a road trip with a fellow guide in search of fishable water for upcoming clients. Here is a photo essay of the trip.
Next February we will be hosting a trip to Patagonia with Chocolate Lab Expeditions. We have 6 open spaces available. I have known Ron, the owner, for many years and fished with him this past December. He runs a first class operation and the fishing was fantastic. Visiting Patagonia was an experience in itself, and this is going to a great trip in a great culture. The following is the itinerary for the trip. If I can answer any other questions please send me an email.
We are often asked in a conversation, "When is the best time to fly fish in Montana?" An easy answer is, whenever you can get here. The reason for this answer is because there is no right answer to the question. Montana has many different seasons and offers many different options for fishing some of the nation's best blue ribbon rivers and streams. Here I will outline Montana’s fishing seasons and what you can expect during the different time periods.
Last week a holding pond for Big Sky sewage system broke, which sent close to 35 million gallons of treated water into the river. There has been many different agencies looking into this and testing the water to see what has taken effect. This has been all over social media, and it has been hard to distinguish between what the various agencies are saying and what the local communities believe.