To say that things are slow in a fly shop in January is putting it lightly. So, to keep ourselves amused, we did a little remodel in the shop. We moved all of our rods to the wall and pulled the fly bins out and put them on stands on the floor. Added some new light fixtures and it is amazing the change that makes.
Winter fishing has been pretty good. The spring creeks over in Livingston offer a greatly reduced fee, so this is a good time of year to fish those legendary streams. Chances are you will have the whole place to yourself.
We fished the Fall River in Idaho this week. There were adult salmonflies all over the grass and on branches next to the river. We caught a few nice Rainbows on dry flies. It was a beautiful sunny warm late Spring day in the West.
The Montana fly fishing guides at the Bozeman Angler are excited to announce that 2011 will be one of the best years for fly fishing in the Gallatin Valley in recent memory. This year’s winter was snowy and cold, which means a deep snow-pack and a high runoff that will start as soon as within the week. This will ensure excellent fly fishing on the Madison, Yellowstone, and Gallatin rivers starting as early as June and continuing late into the fall, so if even if you can't book a trip or make the time to visit Bozeman, MT before then, never fear. The fly fishing will still be phenomenal.
We returned to our favorite winter fishing grounds in the Patagonia region of Argentina for some rest, relaxation and trout fishing. Although we encountered some very windy conditions the first week of the trip our group managed to hook some nice fish. It was great not to have to shovel snow or scrape the ice off our windshields for a while. Unfortunately, we returned to Siberia-like weather in Bozeman and longed to be basking in the sun on one of the crystal clear rivers down South.
Our trip to Argentina was great in March. We went looking for the migrating fall browns, but it was still summer weather for most of our trip. We did manage to catch some nice browns, rainbows and landlocked salmon. We enjoyed dry fly fishing as well as stripping streamers and nymphing with tiny flies. The best part was the people we met along the way from catching up with old friends to making new ones. What a friendly and kind people the Argentines are! We laughed with them and had great conversations not really understanding each others languages, but
I have been hiding up on the Missouri River waiting for dry fly fishing to start. We did have a sampling of great dry fly fishing for about 5 days when the river was dropped to 5200 cfs. The PMD and Rusty Spinner fishing was silly. There were 18-20" fish moving 3-4' to eat a dry. That almost never happens on the Mo. Then, they shot the river back up to 10,000+ and the dry fly fishing went with it. Now, do not get me wrong, I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool purist, but as a recovering nympho I was ready to fish dries, and not look at an indicator until fall.