Month: April 2013

Notable Fly Fishing Products: Spring 2013

Abel Nipper The Abel Nipper is the best nipper on the market, and as is typical of many Abel products, it’s also the most expensive. I can understand how a man might weep openly after dropping his rod and reel overboard, but weeping is a real possibility with the Abel nipper as well. They retail… Read more

Bighorn River Update: April 18, 2013

We just finished a spell of inclement weather. This was a real winter storm, not a spring one. Temperatures were in the 20s and low 30s and our guides were icing up all day. Despite the challenges keeping hands and feet warm, the moisture has been a blessing. A very unscientific glance and evaluation of… Read more

Spring Midge Patterns

Tung Teaser (upper left): This is a Merritt Harris favorite. This little pupa pattern with the tungsten bead sinks quickly. The silver bead is visible to the fish and there are a ton of dark midge pupa in the river. This is a great fly to fish below a buoyant dry fly. The Tung Teaser… Read more

Spey School on the Bighorn: April 19 & 20

Last year I wrote an article for Montana Sporting Journal entitled “Spey Casting on Montana’s Rivers” (Summer 2012). In the piece I outlined some reasons for utilizing two-handed rods on Montana rivers. I find them particularly useful for big rivers like the Missouri, Yellowstone and Bighorn. One of their principle advantages is their ability to… Read more