The 2019 season is a wrap and we are now taking bookings for 2020. We have finished up our last trip of the year in mid December, and it is time to take a deep breath and take care of the final details to close out the year. It was another fantastic year and we wanted to say thank you for everyone that fished with us this past year. It’s our great clientele that allow us to enjoy what we do. It was a great season and we saw some of the best hopper fishing we have seen in the past 15 years. Read our 2019 wrap up below for the details. We wish all a Happy New Year. Thank you for letting us be your guides to fishing SW Montana.
Be sure to read all about our spring special in our blog section and give us a call if you would like to hear more about it or to get your dates reserved on our calendar.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
2019 SEASON WRAP UP
Last winter we received an over abundance of snow that seemed as if it would never stop falling. All the drainages in the state were well above normal levels. We started our season in April due to the unusual winter and had some good fishing locally.
2020 SPRING SPECIAL - 60 DAYS OF DEEPLY DISCOUNTED FISHING
We are happy to let you know that we will be offering a great special this spring. From March 1st to April 30th we are discounting our full day fishing trips 20%. To go along with this great rate, we also have a great early season rate on rooms at the Best Western Grantree Inn in Bozeman.
This month's three flies are the flies that we used quite a bit this past fall. Everyone knows that fall is a great time to throw streamers. The brown trout are super aggressive and territorial. I usually reach for something big and articulated hoping for an XXL brown trout. This year I started using some smaller streamers with good success. The best all around streamer that I tied on was a Thin Mint streamer. It’s easy to cast, has a tungsten bead which gets this fly down fast, and trout in Montana love this fly. This fly now has a permanent place in my streamer box.
The next fly is a new take on an older pattern. The King Prince. The original Prince nymph was developed by Doug Prince of Monterey, CA in 1941 for fishing his favorite stream, the Kings River. This variation is tied on a scud hook with a tungsten bead. This is a great searching pattern year-round and works on all Montana rivers and streams.
The last pattern is a Hi-Vis Griffith's Gnat. The original was invented by George Griffith, one of the co-founders of Trout Unlimited. It represents many mating midges in the larger sizes or a single or double midge in a much smaller version. I like to tie mine in the smaller sizes and add a high vis post to help make it more visible on the water. I also trim the hackle on the bottom some to help it sit lower in the water. This pattern is easy to tie, very durable and the trout eat it when midges are present on the surface.
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Winter fishing is a whole different ball game. It’s a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself, fish slowly, the trout won’t move far to eat. Slow down your game, fish the water thoroughly, make slight adjustments until you find the target zone. I enjoy fishing in the winter as there isn’t much angler pressure. It’s you against the elements and the trout. Fish for a while, get in the truck and have a cup of coffee, and then get back out there. It’s much slower game than in the summer. No pressure of the crowds, enjoy the scenery, take it for what it is, savor the success. Take the time to enjoy the moment. I enjoy sitting on the bank and taking pictures of friends hooked up with smiles on their faces.