It has been a very interesting year for all of us. This pandemic has turned everything upside down and changed the world as we know it. We hope that you and your family are weathering the storm and in good health. We started guiding much later than usual. We have seen many cancellations, and we have been taking more last minute reservations than ever before. We are still out there guiding our area rivers, fielding many inquiries and working hard for our clients.
We are fishing the Madison, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers daily, and we have some great fishing lately. Terrestrial season has just kicked off, and we are throwing big foam hoppers and dries. In the mornings we have seen some nice fish on all of the rivers.
August is shaping up to be a great month of fishing. If you are thinking about fishing around the Bozeman area, give us a call and we would love to talk to you about what we can offer and the latest fishing reports.
If we don't answer the phone, it's because we are out on the river with clients. Don't worry, we will return your call or email when we are off the water. Please understand that if it was your day, you wouldn't want you guide on the phone while you were fishing. You will have our undivided attention for the day. I'll get back to you ASAP.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
THREE POINTERS FOR SUCCESS WITH THE DRY FLY
A few quick tips for fly fishing with the dry fly. Make your first cast count. Many times your first drift is the most important. The one that the trout sees first and most likely to eat.
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.
July sees many different hatches of insects and the start of terrestrial season. PMD's, Trico's, hoppers and ants are all on the menu. This month's three flies are popular dry flies for fishing various rivers around Southwestern Montana.
PMD's (or Pale Morning Duns) start hatching about late June and continue throughout July. One of the most important stages for dry fly fishermen is the spinner fall. In late morning and afternoon the PMD's die and fall on the water. This is an easy meal for the trout, and they can be seen sipping in these non-moving meals. One of my favorite patterns is this Hi-Vis PMD spinner. With CDC wings it floats well and the Hi-Vis post makes it easy to see on calm or fast water. A win-win for certain.
In mid to late July we start to see grass hoppers along the banks. They start out small and get bigger throughout the summer. As the weather warms, the grasses dry out and the hoppers get closer and closer to the edge of the water. Warm winds during the day blow many hoppers in the water and the trout get keyed in on them. This pattern, called the Chernobyl hopper, is made of totally foam, so it always floats and requires no additional floatant. It's an easy pattern to tie, and the trout on our rivers really like this pattern. You can tie them in a variety of colors—yellow and tan is my favorite, but tan foam on bottom and black on top is also a popular color.
Ants! "What?" you say. Yes, ants! Ant patterns are very overlooked. Flying ants and carpenter ants are all found in our area, and trout love them. The pattern pictured here is Bloom's flying ant. Dave Bloom is a long time guide from the Great Falls area and spent many years guiding the Madison River. Dave is an innovative fly tyer and has many great patterns for fishing Montana's rivers and streams. This pattern comes in both red and black ant patterns. Both are very effective.
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The other day we were fishing on the Ruby River. As we rounded the corner to move upstream we encountered this cow and calf moose. Both parties were a little startled at first, but then I snapped a quick photo and started to talk loudly to let them know we were there as well. She looked at us for a moment and then wandered across the creek. We took a seat and watched them meander into the willows. We rested at the pool they waded across and caught a couple of nice sized browns 20 minutes later. A nice bonus for the day.