Sounds like things continue to be amazing right now fly fishing down in South America. Rod and Pam have been hosting groups and fishing in Patagonia since January to catch the summer on the other side of the globe. Lots of good reports of healthy sized 14"-19" hard fighting browns and rainbows eating big foamy cicada patterns in gin clear rivers with a few big 20"-24" trout each week, some landed some just fish tales. Everyone seems to go to Argentina for the fishing but the real transcedence is in the giving family nature of the people.
The Bozeman Angler/Patagonia pre-show film party was a blast last night with a lot of fishy guys and gals doing what they do best, talking fishing and drinking PBR. Thanks so much to Patagonia for helping us put this event on for the third year going and thanks to the boys at RO Drift boats for bringing down the new "Nomad" model. The film tour was awesome as usual with roughly 450 people in attendance! It is really nice to kick back and relax with the amazing people in this industry that love fishing as much as we do.
The Fly fishing film tour hits Bozeman Friday Feb. 17th!!! We got tickets for sale at the shop for $12 and they are going fast. Two films feature Montana this year so come out and support our world renowned local blue ribbon trout waters. Patagonia is sponsoring the annual pre-show party at the Bozeman Angler with free beers and snacks from 5pm to 7pm then we'll head down the street to the Emerson to watch the fish films. The RO drift boat guys will also be unvailing their new drift boat model "The Nomad" with built in locked rod case.
Local guide Johnny Norieka sent me this pic the other day of the nice rainbow stuck with sculpin while he was swinging flies with his switch rod. Been chasing trout with a double handed rod for about two years now and it has become high on my list of favorite ways to catch fish for a number of reasons. Top three being 1)big fish 2)covering lots of water 3)relaxation through casting. Spey casting is a lot like a repeated meditation on a certain montra and when it all comes together just the casting alone can be very theraputic.
Finally got some nice snow falling in the Gallatin valley which just adds to the good snowpack. Snow really just makes me think of going to the saltwater to stalk some bonefish. I have a trip planned down to Long Island, Bahamas in April for some killer sightfishing to tailing bones. The guided part of it will be hosted by outfitter Sammy Knowles at Smith & Wells bonefish lodge. A real honest place with a strong emphasis on eagle eyed guides who work their hardest to get you into fish.
Things are pretty sleepy on main street today, as per usual for February. What a spectacular season for the fly fisherman with warm 40 degree days the fishing has been better than any winter i've seen in Montana. I went for a walk wade yesterday on the Gallatin with my dog Trutta and my 11' 7wt. Winston to do some streamer swinging. The action was typical of winter time with all the fish hanging in the slow tailouts and despite the sunshine a decent midge hatch occured mid afternoon.
Been pretty mild as winters in Montana go this year, even with the last couple days of snow and winter storm advisories. What does this mean for trout fishing? Been looking at the actual snow pack facts around the state and we may be better off than you'd think. Here is the most recent recording:
Having our after X-mas sale on all the clothing from Patagonia, Simms, and Ex-Officio. Pretty much 25% OFF across the board with afew sweeter deals mixed in. Most should be available at the online store in the Blowout page or if your in the area swing by the shop on main street. Also getting excited for fly tying classes to start next week. So you have untill tuesday January 17th to sign up for the beginner session.
It's nice when you can look back at the year and get all nostalgic reminscing about the last year before the ball drops. 2011 was a year of extremes for the Montana fly fisherman from the crazy run-off and flooding to incredible summer hatches continuing through september. We said goodbye to local legends like Syl Nemes and Tex Tucker while we also welcomed new faces like Ty and Sara's baby "Jameson" and my black lab "Trutta".