Hank Patterson's Reel Montana Adventure is Coming to Bozeman!
Many of you already know Hank Patterson. His humoruous take on guiding and fly fishing in general has been entertaining people for years. Well he finally made a feature length film. And it's coming to Bozeman this Saturday!
Hank Patterson's Reel Montana Montana Adventure will be showing at the Emerson Theatre this Saturday at 8pm. Doors open at 7, so get there and get a good seat early. We've got tickets for $12 here at the shop, or a few bucks more at the door.
Skwalas on the Madison
Despite the forecast calling for very windy conditions, I headed out to the Upper Madison yesterday morning. I left town a little later than I wanted to and expected there to be a lot of people at the access. To my surprise, I was the only car in the parking lot. The fact that it was blowing 15 - 20 mph and looked like rain probably helped with the crowds.
The water is pretty low and clear up there right now, and it's been pretty warm up there. Day time water temps have been consistenly getting up above 42 degrees which is the magic number for Baetis to start showing up. I had hopes of seeing a few of them under the cloudy skies, but it was so windy I wasn't expecting much dry fly action.
Take The Time To Look Around
The first week after daylight savings time kicks in is always kind of weird. You walk out of work at closing time and realize with a shock that it's still light out. It takes a few days for your sleep patterns to normalize. And you have that sudden flash of thought all of sudden there is enough time to go fishing after work.
Last Monday, the first work day after the time change, Ethan and I decided to bust out of work in a hurry and head down to the Lower Madison to swing flies for an hour or so before it got dark. The sun was shining and it was just a beautiful day and all day in the shop all I could think about was getting out on the river.
Rod Review: R.L. Winston Boron III X
The perfect trout rod means something different to everyone. You want something that is delicate enough to lay down small flies and light tippets, but strong enough to throw a double nymph rig, cut through the wind, and fight big fish. You also want something that is sensitive enough to feel every head shake of the fish you’re fighting.
Fly fishing is a sport that inspires a lot of dedication. You see anglers that are dedicated to only fishing dries, or only fishing soft hackles on the swing, or only fishing one particular river. Once you find something that works for you, why do anything else?
One thing that I’ve been pretty dedicated to lately is swinging flies on a Spey rod for trout. It’s one of those things that is still new enough out here you don’t see very many people doing it or even talking about it. But it works. Very well.
Fly Tying Video: Complex Dubbing Twist Zonker
We've been wanting to do some fly tying videos for some time now, and finally have some to show! The Bozeman Angler's first fly tying video is now up on YouTube! Subscribe to our channel to keep up to date on the latest videos we post.
The fly we chose to post first is a Complex Dubbing Twist Zonker. Getting inspiration from the classic zonker, bonefish flies, and the guys at Fly Fish Food, Peter crafted this fly for rivers like the Missouri and the Madison. It works very well. It's been fished on the swing, dead drifted and stripped and it always looks good in the water.
You Know It's Going To Be A Good Day When...
You know it's going to be a good day on the water when you haven't even been there for more than a couple mores and have already lost track of how many fish you've caught.
While Peter and I are stuck in the shop on this beautiful and sunny day, shop guy Ethan and guide Ken Stock are out on the Missouri. In the sunshine. Catching fish. Hand over fist. And sending me lots of pictures. Damn.
Those days when the fishing is just lights out can be few and far between and should always be enjoyed. If you know where to go and what to use and the conditions line up, you can have days like that even in the middle of winter. Some of the best days of fishing I've ever seen or had have been in the winter months.
Last Call for Streamer Tying Class
Our Streamer Tying Class starts tonight and we have a couple of empty seats left at the table… Want to join?
The Bozeman Angler on YouTube
The Bozeman Angler is now on YouTube! Subscribe to our channel for fly tying videos, gear reviews, knot tying, and more.
Tacky Fly Boxes Are Here!
The wait is over… Tacky Fly Boxes are now in stock!