I made quick plans with a fellow outfitter and buddy of mine to head out of town for a short fishing trip. We decided to run up to the Missoula area and check out the Bitteroot area to try hit the Skwala hatch. We had good reports of fish eating dries and it didn’t take much to have an excuse to get out of town and check it out. Plans were made, a few calls and a little research was done. We loaded up his camper and set out on the road with a drift boat in tow. We headed northwest and were excited about trout eating dries and spending some quality time on the river.
With winter still settled in here in SW Montana, fishing has come to a standstill for the time being. That doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about fishing and the upcoming season. We are tying flies to fill the boxes, organizing the gear and re-ordering fishing supplies.
More water than you could fish in a summer! Bozeman is located within 30 miles of three "Blue Ribbon Streams": the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers.
Did you know that all our trips are all inclusive?
We can provide you with all the essentials if you do not want to travel with your gear. Including quality rods, reels, waders and boots. We also always provide leaders, flies of plenty of coaching throughout the day at no extra costs.
It’s no secret that trout love grasshoppers on the Yellowstone River here in Montana. There is also no shortage of guides in the area. These trout see lots of different hopper patterns drifted over their heads during August/September. Sometimes you need to stand out from the crowd and give your hopper pattern some movement.
Many days when I am guiding here in Montana on walk-and-wade trips or fishing out of the boat, I witness a client start fishing a run by wading out too far into the river and start casting into the "Juicy" good looking deeper water. There generally are many fish near the bank or in the shallows that either are spooked by the angler wading out or by the colored fly line passing over their heads.
A new bill was passed this spring to help fight Aquatic Invasive species in all our Montana waterways. There is a a new $15 charge for all people buying a fishing license for 2017. Whether you buy the shortest term or a season license you will have to pay this fee. This fee goes to fight the invasive species in our rivers and lakes. It is to fund boat inspection sites and personal to man them.