Tag Archives: montana fly fishing

How to Fish the Salmonfly Hatch in Yellowstone Park

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


The big, poor-flying salmonflies offer a meaty meal for trout.
Photos courtesy Montana Angler

The salmonfly hatch is one of the more anticipated events each year here in the northern Rockies. Locals and visiting anglers alike eagerly await the chance to fish dry flies so large that they often . . .

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Youth, Passion, and Collaboration in the Fight to Preserve the Rivers of Southwestern Montana


Written by: Phil Monahan

Wade Fellin grew up on the Big Hole, and his passion for conservation comes from his father.
Photo courtesy Wade Fellin

River conservation groups across the country work tirelessly to protect and restore our favorite streams. Many of the founders of these groups are ready to pass the baton to the next . . .

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Top 10 Dry Flies for June on the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Guide Mike Elliott, who works for the author, releases a stunning Madison brown trout.
Photo by Tom Evenson

June in Montana is a special time—not quite summer yet, but not spring. It’s sort of an in-between time, when you can expect snow one day and 70 and sunny the next. An epic battle between. . .

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Podcast: Montana’s Smith River, with John Herzer and David Brooks


Written by: Phil Monahan

John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters is an advocate for protecting the Smith.
Photo by Tom Rosenbauer

This week’s main topic is the Smith River in Montana, a near-wilderness river that requires a five-day float and is on many fly fishers’ wish lists. It is definitely on mine. To talk about fishing and floating . . .

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Pro Tips: 5 Keys to Fishing the Salmonfly Hatch on the Madison

Written by: Doug Casey, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Each year, anglers from around the world head for Montana to see if they can hit the salmonfly hatch.
Photos by Doug Casey

The annual salmonfly hatch on Montana’s Madison River is one of fly fishing’s most storied and anticipated events. Salmonfly time is hands-down your best shot at landing a true trophy trout. . .

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How to Tie and Fish Soft Hackles for More Trout

Written by: By Andrew Grillos, Montana Angler


Soft Hackles come in a wide variety of colors and materials.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler

There are few things in fly fishing that are more satisfying than tying flies that adhere to the adage “less is more.” Soft Hackle flies are a perfect example of flies that play off simplicity, clean lines, . . .

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Photos and Story: Spring Bonanza on the Madison River

Written by: Dan Larson, Madison Valley Ranch


Water levels were ideal for spring fishing in the Channels of the Madison.
Photo by Tom Olivo

A couple weeks ago, some Montana friends and I were wade-fishing the Channels of the Madison River right behind the Madison Valley Ranch. With the epic winter snowpack and cool spring . . .

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Pro Tips: Mother’s Day Caddis on the Yellowstone

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


A caddisfly blizzard on the Yellowstone is something to behold.
Photo courtesy Montana Angler

The Mother’s Day caddis is a legendary hatch, and one of my personal favorites of the entire year on the Yellowstone in southwestern Montana. There can be a literal blizzard of caddisflies in. . .

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“Alas, the Bighorn,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply sits on the bank, waiting for his turn to cast to rising browns.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

Andy and I made our first Montana Trout odyssey in the summer of ’87. It took us from the South Fork of the Snake to the Henrys Fork to the Box Canyon to Hebgen Lake to the Madison to the . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: How to Fish High, Off-Color Water

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.


Gerry shows off one of many trout that fell for a jigged nymph during high water.
Photo by Tim Linehan

In the spring, daily conditions can change dramatically. Wednesday it’s cool, overcast, and the river is in great shape. Thursday you show up at the boat ramp to find that thunder storms in. . .

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