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Monday, April 18, 2022

Fishing the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch Around Bozeman, Montana

With Bozeman’s central location between the Yellowstone and Madison Rivers, it is a great place to base your stay if you want to fish the famed Mother’s Day Caddis hatch. This hatch is very specific to the water temperatures on the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers. Water temps must be around 52 degrees to key the brachycentrus occidentalis to hatch in the millions on these two trophy waters.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Getting to Bozeman, Montana

Many people have been inquiring about our fishing trips, but one of the main questions asked is, "How do we get there?" Fortunately, Bozeman, MT has the busiest airport in the state of Montana. Now, I’m not talking LAX, LaGuardia, or ATL, but for our state of 1 million residents, it is a major point of entrance to SW Montana.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Best Fishing in Montana

We commonly get asked, "Where is the best fishing in Montana?" Without a doubt, in many anglers' opinion, it is located in Southwest Montana in Bozeman, Montana. Why? Bozeman is centrally located between three world class rivers: the Madison, Yellowstone and Gallatin Rivers, plus many lesser known streams. Each of these rivers is unique, and they are blue ribbon fisheries loaded with a healthy population of wild trout.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Oil Changes and Bunyan Bugs

Many, many years ago I used to frequent a certain oil change business here in Bozeman, MT. There was an older gentleman that used to work there, and he was in charge of meeting customers and making small talk as they waited for their vehicles to be serviced. I can’t remember his name, so I’ll call him Tom. He was a super friendly guy and he always talked fishing with me as he noticed all my fishing gear I always kept in my truck. I never thought much about our conversations as I only frequented the business every 5000 miles.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Techniques for Winter Fly Fishing Around Bozeman, Montana

Slow and steady is the mantra for winter fishing in the Bozeman, Montana area. The trout live in different water in the winter than they do in the summer. You want to find the slower pools or deeper, slower moving water. The trout are conserving their energy, working as little as possible when water temps are below 42 degrees. The only bugs hatching this time of year are midges, and they are sporadic and day-to-day.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Spring Special 2022

This year we are offering our popular “Spring Special” again. From now until April 30th, all full day float or walk wade trips are $475 for one or two anglers. Save 20% and fish uncrowded waters. Coming to Big Sky to ski? Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park? Why not add on a day of fly fishing?

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Booking Your Rooms and Vacation Rentals in Bozeman, Montana

If you haven’t visited Bozeman, Montana before, you're in a for a treat. Bozeman is the fourth largest city in Montana, with a population of about 50,000. It has the busiest airport in the state servicing many different major carriers. It is a college town with an outstanding downtown area filled with many different restaurants and shops.

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Volunteers Come Together After Hebgen Dam Malfunction

The big news is, on the early hours of November 30th, the Hebgen Dam, which controls the flow for the Madison River had a malfunction and reduced flows immediately from about 650 CFS to about 150 CFS. No one knew about this till the following morning. There was a lot of confusion at the beginning.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done Early!

Don’t know what to get your loved one? Want to surprise that graduate? Can’t find the perfect gift? How about a Montana Trout Wranglers gift certificate? You can purchase a one day trip or multiple days.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Closures and Restrictions Lifted on Several Montana Rivers and River Sections

Due to wet weather and cooler temperatures, closures and restrictions were lifted on several rivers and sections of rivers at 2 p.m. on August 23rd.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Restrictions starting to lift 8/17/21

Temperatures have taken a nose dive this week and we are seeing cooler days and plenty of precipitation from the heavens. Montana FWP has lifted the “Hoot Owl” restrictions on the Upper Madison, Missouri and Stillwater rivers. There should be more restrictions loosening as cool temperatures are projected for the upcoming week.

Monday, July 26, 2021

High Temps Prompt Additional Fishing Restrictions on Several Montana Rivers

Several angling restrictions on rivers in southwest, north-central and south-central Montana went into effect July 20, 2021 due to warming temperatures and low flows.

The restrictions include what are commonly known as “hoot owl” restrictions, which means fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight each day. Some waters are under full fishing closures, which prohibit fishing at all times of day. These closures and restrictions will stay in effect until conditions improve.

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