Seems like this is the time of year when just before the real high and muddy water comes you get some of the best fishing all year. Maybe it's the weather or temperatures? Maybe it's just wearing the right lucky hat? Cody Wetmore certainly agrees with this theory as the day he wore his Bozeman Angler hat in the Bear Trap Canyon recently he catches a 23" brown. Hey we all have our reasons be it backed by scientific data or superstition but once it happens to catch you the right fish then you start beleiving.
Had a pretty killer two days of floating and fly fishing two amazing Montana rivers. Floated the Big Hole on Monday and the Yellowstone on Tuesday both incredibly georgous and unique waterways in their own right. The Big Hole was very cool and clear water and fished decent with nymphs and streamers. Such awesome water merits leaving town at 5:30am and getting home at midnight for a day trip when you see one other boat besides yourself on the water the entire day! Would rather spend a week straight there but doesn't always pan out that way.
Fished and guided the on the Lower Madison the last two days and found some pretty awesome fishing. Yesterday afternoon i was pleasantly surprised by millions of fluttering caddis. There was a window of dry fly activity for about 45 minutes and during that period the fish were as hungry and stupid as they come. It didn't seem to matter what caddis pattern i threw or how i threw it if it was on the water a fish went after it. Just so cool to see so much insect life in the air and trout gorging themselves.
It is a true testiment to the quality of the saltwater guides in the Bahamas when you can take a trout fisherman and have them seeing, stalking, and catching bonefish by themselves. I have been lucky enough to make it to the Bahamas several times since i was about 14 years old myself and this year convinced my good friend Dan, a trout fisherman from Bozeman, to be my partner in crime. Not only did Dan land a nice 7lb.
Had a great day yesterday fishing with Joel for rainbows and cooking up riverside brats. Not a bad way to spend your day off. We found that although the dirty worm and pink egg patterns caught a few fish once we switched to midge, baetis, and even streamers the catch rate increased considerably. My hot flies of the day ended up being an egg sucking king prince, stalcup's baetis, copper zonker, and griffith's gnat. There were a few fish coming to the surface mostly for midges but towards late afternoon we had baetis hatching as well.
Just got back from two weeks in the bahamas stalking bones, messing with cudas and sharks, and wishing permit were not haunting my dreams. Pretty epic time filled with good weather, fishing, and friends. It is great when you can fully submerge yourself in an alien ecosystem and give all your attention everyday to understanding the fishery. When you have the help of the hardest working guides from Sammy Knowles Bonefishing Lodge pointing you in the right direction the outcome can be deadly.
Spring time fishing has been so awesome lately just about from the Stone to the MO. Somedays it snows 6 inches and the next it's almost 70 degrees and sunny so it's a little bit of a gamble for planning a trip out here but the killer fishing more than makes up for the fickle weather. I'm always encouraging folks if they can make it work to try and plan their fly fishing trip to Montana on the shoulder seasons. However there is the undeniable magic of fishing a thick PMD hatch on July mornings that can stick in your mind tenaciously.
Sent a few walk wade trips out to the Gallatin this week all coming back with great fishing reports and big smiles, except for the guys who got stuck in the gail force winds we had the other day who decided to reschedule for later in the week. Guide Johnny Norieka had some great fishing near the canyon with good ole Pat's rubberlegs in brown being the hot fly of the day. One of the greatest parts about guiding is getting new fisherman into their first trout on a fly rod, reminds me of how excited i would get as a young lad on the water.
Just got some needle fish type a flies tied up for the Bahamas to mess with the Barracudas. As much as i love to stalk bonefish on the flats it really is all the bonus species like Cudas, Jacks, and Sharks that make the trip a well rounded angling adventure. The fun thing about Barracudas is that you can not physically strip the fly fast enough away from them. Seeing them watch your fly skitter along with a two handed jerk strip with the confidence that if they want it they will catch it.
There are things well appreciated in a fly shop besides fly tying materials and premium fly fishing equipment. We have some wonderful new local artists to showcase in the shop right now. Bozeman artist Loretta Domaszewski has some strikingly beautiful original oil paintings and prints on display in the shop. On the photography side we just brought in some really cool Photography and photo canvas tranfers from Laura Blackman and Denver Bryan. Keeping things local because Montana is a beautiful place full of great people.