Mother's Day Caddis
Mother’s Day Caddis! They are starting to show up in pretty good numbers on the Lower and Upper Madison. This hatch is one of the first major dry fly events of the year and it is one of my personal favorites. With the Lower being so close to town it is easy to run over there after work or for a few hours and enjoy this great hatch.
It’s still the early part of the hatch, and it’s just going to get better as time goes on. Water temps are almost at 55 degrees coming out of Ennis Dam, which is pretty good for the bugs. Over the past few days we’ve been seeing a ton of caddis flying around and on the water, but not very many fish eating off the surface until around 5pm. As soon as that sun gets off the water the fish will start coming up more consistently.
Don't Miss The Gear Swap
Don't forget about the annual Gear Swap coming up this Saturday! If you've got stuff to sell or have been thinking about upgrading your fishing gear, this is a great chance to do it. Bring your old stuff down to the shop on Friday, the 24th from 9 to 5:30 to get it checked in and tagged. Saturday is the sale day. Items priced to sell will move, so be sure to mark your items cheap enough to sell.
Saturday there will be lots of good stuff to peruse and buy and we'll be open from 8 to 6pm. I would recommend getting there early to get the best stuff! If you've got any questions, call the shop at 406-587-9111 or stop by. See you on Saturday!
Book Your Trips Now
Fishing season is upon us! The shop is getting busier and we’re sending a lot of anglers and guides out on the water. The fishing is only going to get better and better from here on out. Our summer calendar is really starting to fill up as well.
If you’re planning a fishing trip out this way this year, you should book your trip now. Booking early will guarantee that you get the dates you want with the best guides we have available. Flights are cheaper earlier, hotels are easier to book, and if you get your dates set in stone early that gives you more time to tie the flies you need!
Upcoming Events: Gear Swap and Spey Clinic
Two events are coming up this week, and you don’t want to miss either one of them! The first one is our Annual Gear Swap next Saturday, April 25. This is a great chance to either sell or buy used fishing gear. You can bring your used stuff down to the shop on Friday the 24thand get it all checked in, then see if it sells on Saturday! You can either get a check for the sales price minus a 20% commission, or receive the full value in store credit.
If you’re in the market for fishing gear, you don’t want to miss it. The doors open at 8am and we’ll be open till 6pm. Come on down and check out what there is! Every year we end up with lots of cool stuff and you just never know what you might find.
Call the shop at 406-587-9111 or stop by for more information.
For a lot of us in Bozeman, the last thing you want to wake up to in the middle of April is six inches of snow on the ground. While the idea of a big powder dump excites probably more people in this town than it bums out, it is still a bit of a let down after some warmer days in the 60s and 70s.
But it still just April in Montana. We could legitimately continue to see weather like this for a couple more months. If you don’t like it, wait a few days and it will completely change again. That’s just spring in the mountains.
New Fly Tying Video: Caddis Soft Hackle
Peter and I have been working on a lot of different videos for our YouTube channel. The latest one is now live! Peter walks you through tying one of the most classic and effective flies out there, a soft hackle. This particular soft hackle is a really good one for caddis, especially the Mother's Day Caddis hatch (which should be here very soon!). The soft hackle is one of those flies you should always have with you in all kinds of colors and sizes.
Fast and Easy Wader Repairs
It was the first morning of the week last September up in Alaska. I cleared the frost off my jet boat the best I could and loaded up my excited clients. After a chilly thirty-minute boat ride up river, we were at our morning run. Silver salmon were breaking the surface all around as I led my guests through the water and into position. It didn’t take long for one of them to start complaining about a numb leg. We walked to shore, and sure enough the lower part of his left wader had about a gallon of icy water in it… Long story short, I stripped down and switched waders with him for the day instead of going back to the Lodge and missing the morning bite.
We Like Brown Trout
Everyone has their favorite fish. For me, brown trout have always held my attention the most. Their aggressive nature, the large size, the fact they love chasing down big streamers and the beautiful colors are all reasons to love Salmo Trutta. Seriously, have you noticed all the colors on a brown trout? You can see shades of yellow, gold, red, blue, brown, silver… It’s all there. When you find those really buttery golden ones, it’s always heaven. Seeing that golden flash down in the water is sure to get your heart racing.
Last week I had the pleasure of fishing the Missouri with our guide Ken Stock and fellow shop guy Ethan. We went up there in the hope of finding dry flies, which we did, but the fish just weren’t too interested in them. Nymphing and slow stripping streamers was working best. We caught a few rainbows, but a lot of browns.
Blue Wing Olives
Been on the water the last two days fishing and guiding to find more good trout but i've also witnessed some incredible baetis hatches. It has been just an incredible spring of fishing in Montana but the dry fly hatches have been selective...untill now. It seems with the bad weather comes the bad weather bugs aka Blue Wing Olives aka BWO aka Baetis. They are an awesome insect that is often the first big hatch of mayflies that we see here in Montana's springtime. There have been some good hatches of them all over the last few weeks really but yesterday was the first day i found trout just smashing bugs on the surface with reckless abandon.
Complex Dubbing Twist Zonker at Work
This is going to be a short post, but just wanted to share some results of one of Peter's flies that we did a video of a few weeks ago. You can find the video on our YouTube channel here. Peter and I fished at Location X on Monday and while we did see a ton of Baetis on the water there were no fish rising and the nymphing and streamer fishing was a bit slow. Like really slow. Nevertheless, it was a pretty awesome day on the water.