The rivers continue to fish great in southwest Montana with surface action on mayflies, stonflies, attractor patterns, and now the terrestrails as well. The early season conditions all pointed towards this type of good trout fishing and we are now seein it all come to fruition. The Yellowstone is clear and fishing consistenly well as is the Madison, Missouri, and Gallatin so the only question is which one to fish? All great options for the moment so get out there and go fishing!
Tomorrow starts the beginning of downtown Bozeman's crazy days sale and The Bozeman Angler has some killer deals for you. Sale items on Patagonia, Simms, Winston rods, tippets, floatants, T-shirts, and many more . Starts at 9am on Friday July 20th and goes through Sunday afternoon. An excellent chance to fill in the holes for whatever you need to complete your fly fishing collection. Come by and enjoy the madness with us.
The Yellowstone fished well yesterday but has a bit of mud pushing through today from the Lamar river spike last night. The Upper madison is fishing good and would be a great second option for a float today. Had this young man Cam Chioffi stop in the shop yesterday who is part of the USA youth Fly fishing team. Great young angler who represents the future of fly fishing. It is great to see more fresh blood getting into this wonderful sport and past time. Thanks for stopping in and we wish you good luck in competing for the USA team!
The Yellowstone continues to fish great even with the recent rain that has been graciously welcomed by both trout and anglers. Didn't see any mud today just a deeper olive green color to the water closer to town but still plenty of visibility. Had some fish eating up top in the morning but the bigger fish all came on subsurface flashy nymphs and streamers. Feels fantastic to have this incredible freestone offering up some consistent fishing because she can change her mind at the drop of a hat.
Fishing has been just fantastic lately on the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin with thick hatches of PMDs, caddis, yellow sallies, goldenstones, and a few drakes. Grasshoppers are so close to popping i'm guessing maybe the middle or end of next week perhaps. The dry fly action right now is just what you like to see this time of year. After staring at the bobber most of the winter it just doesn't get any better than seeing the trout sip emerging mayflies and annihilate beetles and attractor patterns. The subsurface game is working great as well and producing some bi
The Bozeman Angler will be hosting artist A.D. Maddox from Jackson Hole during the downtown artwalk on Friday July 13th from 6-8pm. She will be doing some live painting and open to discussion with passers by. Known for some beautiful trout images on the canvas and recently on Iphone covers and fly boxes by Montana Fly Co. Come downtown for some art, culture, and good conversation about fishing with this great oppertunity to meet and greet with the artist.
Good times on the upper. A few dinks on dries, few small trout and whiteys on lightning bugs, and two nice browns on smaller tan stone flies. Life is good! Water is getting pretty skinny though... -Johnny
The stone has been offering up some awesome dry fly activity and some big hard fighting brown trout. The yellow sallies, PMDs, green drakes, and caddis have been steady hatches producing well with the dry patterns. Big flashy nymphs will equal tons and tons of whitefish which is better than no fish at all but not a trout. Get out there in the healthy green water bring some film critics and put the wood to them.
The stone is getting fishable with about 1.5ft of visibility and lots of stoneflies. we are very excited to say the least considering this day in July of last year was when you could start fishing the stone. The flow is about the same this year at the end of June as it was in the end of July last year. Just remember at 10,000cfs things are still fast and dangerous. It is hard to stop and sweepers are tough to see and navigate around, please proceed with caution and experience on the oars is a must.
Ever have that option to go fishing and for whatever reason just can't make it? Brantley from the shop fished the Upper Maddy last night after work and sent me these pics late in the evening which left me slightly jealous and wishing i had been there. The dry fly action was hot and heavy and by heavy i mean big Salmon colored bugs. Fish ate the Salmon fly adults/nymphs well and caddis in three different sizes: 18, 16, and 12. Which means the sedges are out, either way it's good.