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You might have heard your fly fishing guide instruct you to "mend, mend, mend". It's a basic technique that will help you catch more fish. Check out our illustrations that can easily help you understand the importance of an upstream mend.
The Yellowstone River is one of our favorite rivers. A scenic beauty, majestic, stirring and rich in history. Starting in Wyoming, the Yellowstone River winds through the Paradise Valley in southwestern Montana with the Absaroka Mountains as your backdrop.
The PMD hatch is still going strong on many of our rivers, but it is time to start thinking about our next big hatch: the caddis. We have many different types of caddis throughout the area but these three flies in assorted sizes all work well.
The first is Bloom’s Tungsten Dart. This is a relatively new pattern that is not only simple to tie but super effective whether you fish it on a dead drift or let it swing. I found this pattern up on the Missouri River, but I have fished it all over SW Montana and it works everywhere there is caddis. The CDC color gives this fly lots of movement in the water, and trout can’t resist it when caddis are emerging through the water column.
The next fly is a super sneaky dry fly called Cutter’s Caddis. It has many properties of other great flies such as the trailing shuck and parachute-like post. It rides low in water but is surprisingly easy to see on the water with its bleached deer hair wing. Because it rides low, I believe that trout see it as an easy meal, as an emerging caddis stuck in the shuck. This makes it vulnerable and an easy prey for trout.
The last pattern is another super effective pupa pattern called Silvey’s Caddis Pupa. This is another deadly pattern here in Montana when fishing before or during a caddis hatch. It comes in two color schemes with one being tan (pictured) and green. Both work well but I prefer the tan in a few different sizes to cover most of the caddis hatches here in Montana.
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Ever wonder how trout blend in to their surroundings? You would think those bright colors and multiple spots would make a trout standout versus blend in. As we know in the wild, bright colors can be a disadvantage, especially to an animal that must be constantly on the lookout for predators from above. Evolution has really helped our underwater friends, as trout blend in extremely well to their surroundings. Trout have a two-toned skin. Their flashy, silvery sides contrasts with their dark back, engraved with ornate patterns or markings called vermiculations. These unique patterns break up reflected light and allow the trout to merge with the gravelly, rocky bottoms on the stream bed below. Add the moving water and trout become nearly invisible from above. Neat!