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.
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.
Getting Ready For Dry Fly Fishing
t’s been a long winter of staring at bobbers and anglers all over town are getting itchy to start fishing dries again. Sure, there is midge fishing in the winter but throwing mayflies and caddis are what really get a lot of people going. The spring Baetis are starting to pop in pretty good numbers all over the place and the dry fly season is just around the bend! Here’s a couple of things you can do to get ready for it.
The First Fish of the Day
You can often tell the quality of a day by the first fish of it. If it's a nice one it certainly gets hopes up that the day will be amazing. Yesterday, Ethan and I drove to Craig on the Missouri with guide Ken Stock. With the first five casts, I had landed this beauty:
Getting Ready For The Fishing Season
Fishing season has been underway all year long, but each and every day we’re seeing more people hitting the water. This beautiful weather and the great fishing is drawing lots of people to the river. It won’t be too much longer and the traditional busy season will be well underway.
If you haven’t done much fishing over the winter, or even if you have, here are a few tips to get ready for the coming year.
Bozeman Angler Annual Gear Swap Coming Soon
The annual Bozeman Angler Gear Swap is coming up soon! We will be holding the event on Saturday, April 25th. This is a great chance to sell your old rods, reels, fishing gear, flies, books, waders, etc and get new gear! You can get full details on our Events page.
This is always a fun event and you never know what kind of deals you might find! There is always some good stuff in here that you really can't find in any of the local shops. If you've been thinking about upgrading your equipment for the coming fishing season this is a good chance to. If you have any items that sell, you can get a check for the amount minus a 20% commission or get store credit for the entire amount. Clean out the closet of all that old stuff and buy a new rod or reel!
Product Review: Air-Lock Strike Indicators
Everyone is always trying to find that new piece of technology or some gadget that will give them a leg up over all the other anglers on the river. Even if you’re not trying to get an advantage over other fishermen, there a lot of products on the market designed to make life easier, to make the time we spend on the water more enjoyable and less work.
Strike indicators for nymphing are one such thing that has completely changed the game. First it was those stick on foam ones and the big fluffy bundles of wool. Those worked, and still do, but not very well. They would get waterlogged and sink or were just too wind resistant and bulky to cast well. When the Thingamabobbers came onto the scene they changed everything. Now it was possible to have a durable, long floating bobber that was very sensitive. But they weren’t perfect. They are prone to slip and put a nasty kink in your line when you take them off.
Enter the Air-Lock Strike Indicator.
Let Them Go So They Can Grow
It's a great feeling to catch a fish. Any fish. But especially a big fish. When you catch them, why not put them back so you can enjoy it again and again? And maybe releasing that fish will give someone else the chance to catch them and experience it for themselves. Fortunately catch and release is pretty well ingrained in modern fly fishing culture. Keep it up.
You always remember your first.
Yesterday I took my girlfriend out for her first day ever of fly fishing. We'd been waiting for a nice day with the proper conditions, and everything finally lined up right. The weather was going to be good, the sun was going to shine and the fishing has been awesome. Taking someone fishing for their first time is always kind of nervewracking. You want them to have fun and enjoy it, not catch nothing and hate it. Especially when it's your girlfriend you're taking out.
Tying A Blood Knot
One of the most common knots fishermen should knot how to tie is a tippet to leader connection. You'll use this out on the water more often than you might think. Changing tippet sizes, adding more length to a leader, or building your own leaders, this is an important one to know. While there are several knots you could use, Peter's favorite is the Blood Knot. Watch him tie it in our latest video: