Why do we carry the Hydro Flask bottles and growlers? Because they are the best in quality and customer service on the market. To start they're constructed with high quality steel in a double walled vacum design so that liquids stay hot for up to 12 hours and stay cold for up to 24 hours. They are BPA free and the inside has curved corners so you dont get that yesterdays latte flavor stuck in your mug.
Fishing the dirty water
I get a lot of anglers through the shop asking about the water conditions lately and usually if a river is high or off color the natural response is that it's just unfishable through runoff. Well not exactly, while i don't always recommend trying to wade in high water for safety reasons you absolutely catch fish in the dirty water. Sometimes the high water just pushes the fish to the banks and small pieces of soft water so they can be easy to find even though you may be looking for them in nontypical holding water.
Storms a brewing
Montana has been absolutely beautiful the last couple of weeks weather and fishing wise. There is a decent thunderstorm moving through this afternoon to cool down the warm temperatures we have seen the past two days. With the way things are going looks like we might have a pretty quick runoff. Every time it's warmed up and brought the rivers up a bit things seem to cool down for a few days and drop the river flows. If you can get that type of weather then the snow melt just pulses out in short bursts which is the easiest for the fish to recover from.
Jolly Good Fishing
Spent the last four days with some awesome Father and Son clients Jamie and Nigel from the UK. Two polite and friendly englishmen who have been planning a trip to Monatana for many years and things finally came together this week. We were able to explore lots of the area's different water from floating the Upper Madison to some private creeks and lakes. Really cool to see a 75 year old man's eyes light up with joy when he caught a trout on his first, second, and third cast of the day. Even though i've grown up in Montana and fished these waters since i was a kid it never gets old showing what Montana has to offer to people for their first time out. Somehow we managed to escape all the nasty weather going on lately and find nice little pockets of good weather and good fishing so the fishing gods must have been smiling on us.
Indicator fishing can be an incrdible way to maximize your catch with trout but it doesn't have to stop with the bobber. There are a few fun ways to effectively fish wet flies without a strike indicator
First the czech nymphing style is a very popular technique developed by the eastern european competition fly fishing teams which utilizes a long leader and one or two weighted flies. Tungsten beads are a great way to have a heavy fly that will sink fast and easy to cast on a light rod. We also like tungsten flies tied on a jig hook to help reduce snags and get a really solid hook set.
Indication of a Strike
Lot's of different strike indicators on the market right now and a great tool to effectively fish our area rivers when the fish aren't rising to dry flies. Here are a few benefits and different hacks that we like to use and consider to help make your nymphing game more dialed in.
Depth is a huge thing nymphing so being able to easily change your indicator to fly distance will determine where your flies sit in the water column. Typical rule of thumb for fly to bobber length is 1-1.5 times the depth of water your fishing. So say if your fishing a hole that is about 6 ft deep a fly to bobber distance of 6-9ft is good. Like everything in fly fishing there are exceptions to the rule so sometimes you can go more or less from there. In the winter the trout like to hug the bottom and dont move to far to eat so getting down deep will put your flies in an easy place for them to eat the fly, like off the tip of their nose. Summertime will sometimes have the fish sitting in shallow water or more aggressively grabbing flies so a short leashed distance of 5ft will help detect the strike quicker.
Father Daughter Fishing
The last two trips i've had have both been father daughter anglers. The other day i was out with Tim and Ellie who is on her way to becoming an amazing angler. She is 8 years old and we had a blast fishing the lower Madison on Friday. We had clouds and some fish up on BWOs but mostly they were all about the zonker. Ellie got into a few fish and one of them made it to the net and her dad stuck a real nice brown towards the end of the float. Then we ate sushi at the boat ramp and called it a day.
Happy Mother's Day
A big shout out to all the Mom's today and all the hard work they do. My ma Pam King has long been the heartbeat of the Bozeman Angler and definatley a huge part of what holds this place together. Thanks for being the mother to not just me and my sister but also all the other fishing bums, guides, and customers that make up the family of the fly shop.
First off what would be a benefit of crimping your barb or fishing barbless hooks? The most obvious to me is that in fly fishing it is a culture based around the beauty of a challenge between humans and fish. All the game really consists of is fooling an animal to believe what you offer is a sustainable prey and the victory of conquering that beast. I would say this is a primary focus over fishing to provide yourself food from your catch in fly fishing. Since catch and release is not intended to kill or harvest the game often the satisfaction comes from the victory over your adversary. A barbed hook is harder for a fish to be prematurely released (how embarrassing) and designed in the anglers favor especially if he intends to eat his catch. This is certainly contingent on a number of factors such as setting the hook so the it penetrates past the barb and other issues while playing the fish, jumps, head shakes, trees, corral, other anglers in the way for example.
Dry Fly Action
The last two weeks has been just beautiful for dry flies. Last couple weeks the Mother's day caddis were so thick i had to scrub the dead ones off the windshield after driving home from the river. Yesterday we had a real thick March Brown hatch with good BWO's in the afternoon after the rain came through. Just really cool to see heads coming up to the dry fly. A few Yellow Sallies here and there and we've seen a couple skwalas scattered about still. The Moose hatch was pretty good yesterday we saw a cow and a bull on the other side of the river just munching on willows doing their moosey thing.