Bozeman Angler guide Johnny Norieka just got back from a Wisconson adventure chasing river muskies with his two handed rods. Johnny is an excellent big fish finder so if you'd like to hire him as a guide for the day just call or email the shop and ask for him. As do many of the guides at the BA he also offers spey instruction and guided fishing trips with the two-handers which is a great way to fish big streamers all day long and go for the monster trout.
Had the pleasure of guiding a big group of fishermen who traveled from the great white north of Cananda to fly fish the local rivers. Did the lower 1st day, the Upper the 2nd, and back to the lower the last day. Every day was different in terms of fishing styles but they were all amazing and memorable. The lower fished great with crayfish and nymphs the first day then with the cloud cover yesterday had baetis, PMDs, caddis, and yellow sallies for the dry fly action.
Went up to the Missouri with Miles Nolte the last couple of days to see what's happening on the mighty tailwater. Found lots of steady action on smaller baetis and march brown nymphs and the short leash was definately key for me to obtain success. Talking 4ft. from lead fly to indicator and being attentive and quick on the draw was also key as the takes were very subtle and quick. We fished streamers hard the first day and turned two very large brown trout early on and that was it for the interest in the big flies.
Dad floated Bear Trap Canyon the other day with his old buddy Randy Cain from Ennis, who is rumored to have rowed the kitchen sink in a hard sided drift boat at the age of 14. It may be a rumor but it's one i'd beleive considering Randy's knowledge of the Madison and experience on the sticks and wild man attitude, and his Father was the one who told me that story. The fishing was decent first half of day then slowed dramatically in the afternoon as the dam got spiked and flows jumped.
Got this nice picture of a Sea Trout off of Sweden from a happy angler who also beleives in the good fishing a lucky Bozeman Angler hat can bring. The sea trout thing sounds pretty intense i'll have to try that someday? A lot of miserable weather and wading chest deep in freezing saltwater waves casting 4inch eel patterns and giving an aggressive retrieve, sounds like a blast to me.
Headed out to check out the boulder valley yesterday with fishing buddy Ty Webb and was reminded again how amazing our backyard in Montana can be. The fishing was nothing amazing to speak of, a few nice rainbows eating stonefly nymphs and some brookies but overall pretty slow. The scenery and wildlife however was more than inspiring and the moose at the end of the day solidified the decision to head over this way as a really good one. The water is a little green but clear enough and very cold.
Headed up to the middle of nowhere with my Dad to check out some private lakes and reservoirs for a change of pace the last two days. An awesome oppertunity to put my 11' 6wt. Hardy rod to use and as per usual it performed fantastic. When your sitting in a float tube at the waters surface a longer rod definately helps in casting and landing a fish. Montana in the Spring is truly incredible scenery, weather, and fishing even if it only lasts a few weeks.
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.