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.
Since the weather has been so fantastic lately i've been in plenty of fishing on my own and also picked up a few guide trips. When people ask me what the best time of year to fish in Montana is i usually tell them the spring time. Problem is most springtime trips in Montana along with awesome fishing tend to harbor the occasional snow storm. Not this year however it has been so nice and warm we've been trying to take advantage of the comfortable weather and live on the river.
Never Stop Learning
One of the aspects of fly fishing that keeps me always challenged and entertained is that there is no shortage of things to learn from the sport. It is a great paradigm if you consider that it's an activity that is easy enough for anybody to learn to do their first day out but could take an entire lifetime to master. One thing I like to challenge myself with is always thinking outside the box. Just because the fish ate this fly in the same spot yesterday doesn't mean it will be the same tomorrow. Once you find something that works it might be the the time to change up. That may seem strange because once you find the right setup the natural reaction is to stick with that and catch the rest of the fish. Taking the risk of using a fly, for example, that you have never caught a fish on may unlock another door to what works and what doesn't.
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.
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.
A Perfect Storm
Ever had a day where everything just comes togetherů..
A few things I've noticed on the water this last week.
Upper Madison Browns
Fishing is good right now!
it's better in the Bahamas
Bozeman Angler saltwater fly fishing trip to the Bahamas
The Best Day Ever
What was your best day ever?