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[By Bert Horsley] We have all been at the river throwing flies that should be catching fish, but we are coming up empty handed. This can be an extremely frustrating and discouraging place to find yourself, but there are a variety of factors to take into consideration that may pick up the action when you find yourself in this spot. Whether fishing dries, or below the surface, there are some basic things to examine that can help get you on track. Here are some thoughts on things to think about the next time you find yourself in a situation where you are just not hooking up as much as expected.

One of the toughest things about fly fishing is casting in the wind. Unfortunately here in the Rockies wind is almost always present. What we consider a light breeze of 5-10 mph others may think of as pretty tough conditions. Over the years I have seen a lot of clients try their hardest to fight the wind and lose. Here are a few tips that might help.

The Missouri is well known for its pods of rising fish and challenging dry fly fishing. Many times small mistakes equal devastating consequences. One of the most common errors I witness when fishing dries to rising fish is that anglers two big no-no's. They either throw their fly line on top of the trout or they false cast on top of them.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Six reasons to hire our guides

People work hard all year and when they go on vacation they want to get the most value out of their precious time. Even though booking a guide trip isn't in-expensive, there is a plenty of value with a good guide service.

Mend, mend again, big mend, mend downstream, don't mend yet. These are all words that I say probably a thousand times a day. I might have heard someone even say I said it in my sleep but I can not confirm that. How important is the mend?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Great News on the Missouri River

Biologists report record-level trout numbers on the Missouri River.
March 21, 2013 12:05 am • By EVE BYRON Independent Record

It's a good time to be trout fishing in Montana.

Biologists with Fish, Wildlife & Parks said fish surveys on the Missouri River in the past few years have shown record or near-record numbers of rainbow and brown trout. For example, they estimated 7,312 rainbow trout greater than 10 inches long per mile near the town of Cascade, compared to a long-term average of 3,036 for that stretch of river, according to Grant Grisak, a FWP fisheries biologist.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Big Horn trips start this week

This week I will heading over to Fort Smith, MT to start the season off on the Big Horn River. I am excited to get things started and get back in the rowers seat. My first trip is scheduled for the first weekend of April but I am going over there for Easter for a quick scouting trip. I will be fishing with long time friend and great guide Cam Coffin from Blue Ribbons Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Friday, March 29, 2013

New equipment has arrived.

With a new fishing season upon us I have received all my preseason orders to restock me for a busy summer. All Montana Troutwranglers trips are all inclusive, meaning I will supply you with all the gear necessary to have a successful day. Need waders, I have them, need a rod, no problem, flies?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mothers Day Caddis Hatch

We are getting near that mystical time of year when both the Yellowstone and Madison rivers see a hatch like no other. The skies grow dark, the surface of the water becomes alive and the trout rise from bank to bank. I am speaking of the Mothers Day Caddis Hatch.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First dry fly fishing of the Spring

I have been itching to get back on the water lately and this weekend looked like a perfect day to float the Yellowstone. The weatherman was calling for 50 degrees, no wind or precept. A perfect recipe for fishing the stone.

This spring I will be traveling over to Fort Smith, Montana to spend the month of April guiding on the Big Horn river. I have spent quite a bit of time over there before the crowds arrive. This is a superb fishery that has the largest trout population in the entire state of Montana.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Gallatin Tsunami

Right now we are in the grips of an icy winter. We have seen temps in the -20 degree range lately. Needless to say I haven't been on the water the past few weeks.

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