Blog Posts For October 2015
End of the season? Nope...
“When does the fishing season end around these parts?” I get this question on almost a daily basis here at the shop. Truth is, catch and release trout fishing is a year-round endeavor for a lot of local fishy folk. Sure our ‘busy season’ is that May through September time frame, but winter fishing in Southwest Montana can provide some of the most productive adventurous trips of the year.
Breathe new life into packages of rabbit strips
Rabbit fur is a very versatile material for tying flies. It is a staple in many popular trout patterns such as the sculpzilla or my favorite, the copper zonker. Unfortunately, the way small packs of rabbit fur are packaged smashes down the fur and leather strips. This leads to a tangled mess that is hard to work with.
Luckily, there is a quick five-minute solution that will transform the rabbit strips back to the original pre-packaged condition. Simply boil some water and utilize the steam created to re-fluff the rabbit. Use a pair of tongs to hold the rabbit strips in path of the steam. Occasionally brush the fur back in one direction and pull on the leather to encourage the fur and hide back to the original position. Be careful not to leave the fur in the steam to the point where it is dripping wet with condensation.
We all get the streamer bug pretty hard in the Fall and with all the chases and aggraessive grabs really whats not to like about it? The trend in the last few years amongst streamer guys is using the biggest fly possible to target the biggest fish in the river. Now there is nothing wrong with that and the pay off can result in a monster trout but sometimes it pays off to focus on the smaller size streamers as well.
The Moose of the Madison
One of my favorite animals in Montana is the Moose. They're just so big and ungainly looking you can't help but like them. They're also incredibly ornery. I love to see them out on the river, but you do have to be careful. An angry moose could really ruin your day.
Everyone here at the shop has seen a lot of moose this year. There's been a couple of them hanging out in Valley Garden on the Upper Madison all summer long. We've seen them on the Lower Madison, up by Varney on the Upper, I even saw one on the Yellowstone last month.
Here's a few of them we've seen this year: