Sh*t You Hear In a Fly Shop (Montana Steelhead)
It was another typical fall day at the fly shop. A slow stream of customers, mostly the die-hard fisherman, or a few groups of visitors dropping in to get flies and licenses for their much anticipated trip to trout haven of Montana. A group stopped in that afternoon and the typical greeting ensued. I proceeded with where are you headed? They replied they were from out of town and looked at me confidently and said “Trail Creek.” Trail Creek is a small creek rarely more than 5 feet wide along a dirt road that is a short cut from Bozeman to the Paradise Valley section. My honest response was, awesome guys, haven’t fished there but have driven by it many times. The group looked at me with their jaws hung low. I proceeded to get information to print their fishing licenses when someone from the group interrupted and said, “So if you don’t fish what are you doing working in a fly shop.”
Weekend Fishing Strategy
Mongolia: Without Vodka None of this Would Make Sense
There's a few places in the world every fly fisherman dreams of going. Seychelle's, Kamchatka, New Zealand, MONGOLIA. Most never get the chance to persue these destinations but every once in a while an opportunity presents itself making dreams a reality. My dad has worked in Mongolia ever since I was a kid primarily focusing on geology and mineral deposits in the Gobi desert. Growing up he was in Mongolia near 3 weeks of every month but stopped traveling to Mongolia 10 years ago. He decided to travel back this fall as a good friend from his 45 total trips to Mongolia invited him to come to his fishing camp, as well as take a look at a property in the Gobi desert near the Chinese Border. He knew I had mentioned going to Mongolia ever since I had started fly fishing and after months of preparing and booking plane tickets we were off for 16 days of travel.
Fish Kill Update
The Yellowstone River is now closed to fishing and all other recreational activities due to a fish-killing parasite. Read for more info.
Regarding Fish Kill and Hot Temps
Hoot Owl fishing restrictions and the recent whitefish kill on the Yellowstone are getting plenty of bad rap for the media. Read this blog to see our take on these recent events.
Fishing Tips - Dog Days of Summer
High air, water temps, and fishing traffic got you down? No worries! Here's a few tips on how the guys around the shop handle summer fishing around Bozeman.
Current Hoot Owl Closures- 7/16/16
Lots of mild weather in the region the past week or two. With the nice weather our rivers have cooled down and made for some real good July fishing. A couple of the water ways in the area have been lifted off of the Hoot Owl Closure!! Very good news for those of us that enjoy the evening dry fly bite.
10 Foot Rods... Think about it...
Ever see a slot in the middle of the river you would really like to get a good drift through? Or needed an extra little bit of rod to execute a long roll cast while tight to the willows? How about those long reach casts up on the MO? Hopper dropper setups from the front of a drift boat on the Yellowstone? I have been bugging a lot of people who come into the shop looking for a new rod, about looking into the 10 foot dimension. 10 times out of 10, they look at me and ask, "Why?" Why 10 foot over 9 foot? Do not get me wrong I love the 9 foot length. Its great, has always been great since it has been around and we've had the technology to support that length. If you already have a sweet selection of 9 foot rods in your closet, good. Don't mind me over here. If you are interested in shopping up a new rod this season, check this out. I have a couple reasons that lead me to believe that 10 foot rods may be.... (get ready for it)... BETTER than a 9 footer.. Just prepare yourself and bare with me..
Exploring New Country
I took advantage of having two days off in a row earlier this week by filling up the jeep with gas and gear and heading in a new direction. It felt good to log some long windshield miles again. Rumors of large unpressured trout kept the enthusiasm high. Even after living here for several years now, I am constantly reminded of how vast Montana is.
High water have you down? Fishing sound unproductive? Go anyways... And enjoy it.
Ever get up in the morning and get your things together to go to the river, then get to the river and it not be everything you ever hoped for? You've probably fished in the Rocky Mountains during the month of May. With weather and water conditions being extremely inconsistent and unpredictable, fishing can be more work than play. When a fisherman/fisherwoman finds himself or herself in this position he or she has two options. 1.) You could always throw up the white flag. Kneel before Mother Nature and go home. But no good stories come from such actions. 2.) You could figure out a way to enjoy what opportunity has been given to you. Seize the Day, ya know. Fish anyways. Just in case.. I choose #2 most of the time.