Thoughts on Winter Fishing

  Winter fly fishing in Montana is not for everyone. Judging by the numbers of anglers you see in February, it’s not for many people at all. But if you want a world-class trout fishery largely to yourself, don the merino wool and goose down and fish the Bighorn. The water is clear and there’s… Read more

Fly Fishing Products I Sorta Like in 2018

I’m a fly fishing gear junkie and I enjoy seeing new and innovative products that fly fishing companies create. Unfortunately, truly innovative products are few and far between, so every year I have to settle for tweaks and new paint jobs. This year is no different, but here goes a list of some of my… Read more

Interview With a Brown Trout

Sharper Image recently came out with their new Bluetooth Sonar Trout Translator, an ingenious device that consists of an earpiece and microphone worn by the human, and a probe that is dropped into the water to communicate with trout. Come to find out, trout are highly communicative little critters, and I had the opportunity to… Read more

High Water Ramblings

Most of you know that the Bighorn River has experienced record water flows this spring. We reached a high of 14,000 cfs back in May —we’re at 9,500 now —but we’re almost to the point where the river can finally be drawn down and life can return to normal. Of course, as it regards Montana… Read more

“Exciting” Fly Fishing

One morning in the fly shop I noticed a 19 year old “flat brimmer” sitting in a chair near the coffee maker. His buddies were chattering and joking as they purchased their flies and leaders, but this guy looked bored. So I struck up a conversation with him. Come to find out, this guy was… Read more