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Monday, March 27, 2017

Patagonia Fly Fishing Trip 2017 - Part I

This February I found myself packing in a haste to load my bags with clothes, fly fishing equipment and camera gear for a three week trip to Patagonia. This would be my second trip in the past two years to this region, but I still felt unprepared. Work and other commitments, such as coaching the high school wrestling team, had made my days and nights filled. I made a serious commitment to bring all my camera gear and take as many pictures as possible. I stayed up late one night and did as many Americans do: placed a sizable order from Amazon Prime. I ordered everything I thought I might possibly need, learning from my past trip to Argentina. Too much really, I now realize as I write this, but I wanted to be prepared and had little experience for the region at this time frame.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Off Season Fly Fishing Gear Maintenance Checklist

With the winter sinking its teeth in here in Montana, there is not a lot of opportunity to go fishing. But like a lot of my other hobbies, I still like to take care of my gear and make sure it is in good working order and play with my toys every now and then. During the off season it is always a good idea to give your gear a tune up. Just like your automobile, your fishing gear needs a little maintenance to insure your next day on the water goes smoothly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When You Can’t Get On The Water

In the winter we spend less time outside on the water and more time at the vise re-filling the boxes or researching on the internet. I have compiled a list of websites where I get information from, keep up with the industry news and learn new and innovative patterns to tie and try.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fishing Soft Hackles

Soft hackle flies have been around from almost the beginning of the sport. They are not a dry fly and not a nymph in most cases. They have a special niche in the sport and many people have neither taken the time to fish them or have forgotten about them totally. They can be a deadly fly in your fly box and there isn’t a wrong way to fish them. Their simplistic patterns make them easy to tie in many different combinations to cover different emergences and patterns.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fly Fishing Line Management - Basic

Managing your line is one of the most important things you can do to land more trophy trout. Read on for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why Do We Practice Catch and Release?

Some of our new clients ask us how many we are allowed to keep when fishing, or how many coolers should they bring to take home their catch. This is always a touchy subject but many people do not understand how valuable our trout are to us and our local economy. I do not think that you would be able to find a guide, outfitter or fly shop in the state that would allow this.

Early morning on the Madison River
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fly Fishing Montana When Restrictions Are Present

Some years when we have low water and unseasonable hot weather the state will put into effect the most common restriction called a “Hoot Owl” restriction. It allows the rivers to be closed to fishing from 2pm-midnight.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Matching Your Tippet Size To Your Fly For Western Freestone Streams

Many of our customers are surprised about the size of leaders and tippets we use for our western rivers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Using New Technology to Determine Water Conditions

Technology is all around us these days and is evolving and making our lives easier. In the fly fishing industry it is also now an integral part of our daily program.

Monday, May 16, 2016

In Search of Clean Water During the Spring

Sometimes conditions are not perfect for fly fishing, especially in the spring time with the snow pack melting in the mountains. With inconsistent weather patterns moving through, many of our local rivers can be fishable one day and unfishable the next. This time of year you have to be flexible to find the best conditions. This week I took a few days on a road trip with a fellow guide in search of fishable water for upcoming clients. Here is a photo essay of the trip.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Patagonia Trip 2017

Next February we will be hosting a trip to Patagonia with Chocolate Lab Expeditions. We have 6 open spaces available. I have known Ron, the owner, for many years and fished with him this past December. He runs a first class operation and the fishing was fantastic. Visiting Patagonia was an experience in itself, and this is going to a great trip in a great culture. The following is the itinerary for the trip. If I can answer any other questions please send me an email.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When is the best time to fish Montana?

We are often asked in a conversation, "When is the best time to fly fish in Montana?" An easy answer is, whenever you can get here. The reason for this answer is because there is no right answer to the question. Montana has many different seasons and offers many different options for fishing some of the nation's best blue ribbon rivers and streams. Here I will outline Montana’s fishing seasons and what you can expect during the different time periods.

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