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Pro Tips: Fishing Montana’s Smaller Trout Streams

Written by: The Staff of Montana Angler


It’s not the Madison or the Yellowstone, but streams like this offer great fly fishing for trout.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler

As the winter snow flies in Montana, it is easy for the mind to wander to warmer days spent exploring the intimate streams that we fly anglers hold near and dear to our hearts. Perhaps a sense of . . .

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Classic Story: Reading Between the Lines


Written by: Phil Monahan

Former colleague Eric Rickstad with a nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana.
Photo by Phil Monahan

A few years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking . . .

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Top 10 Early-Spring Patterns for Montana Trout

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Here’s a gorgeous early-spring rainbow from a Southwestern Montana river.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

While we are still a couple months from spring, sometimes those El Nino-fueled winds bring warm days to the river, and the fishermen start to wake up. Good fishing can be found across much of . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Flies for Springtime on the Madison

Written by: Kaitlin Groundwater, Madison Valley Ranch


Patrick Fulkrod of South Holston River Company shows off a springtime beauty on the Madison.
Photo by Patrick Fulkrod

In the middle of winter, many anglers find themselves longing for something that the snow and chilly weather has kept at bay–the tug of a trout at the end of their line. We find ourselves eager to . . .

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January on the Madison Can Be a Blast

Written by: John McKinnie


A bluebird day on the Madison chases the winter blues away.
All photos by John McKinnie

We were headed to the Madison on a blustery January day. We departed the ranch around 8 a.m. with the temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. As we drove through the Gallatin Canyon. . .

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Classic Podcast: Fly-Fishing in Colder Conditions with John Herzer


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom shows off a fine Bitterrot brown trout with guide John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters.
Photo courtesy Blackfoot River Outfitters

This week, the main event is a chat with John Herzer, owner of Blackfoot River Outfitters and one of the savviest anglers and guides I know. John talks about late-fall and winter fishing in the. . .

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Classic Tips: 5 Keys to Winter Streamer Fishing

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.


Linehan Outfitting Company guide Sam Stevenson with a thick Kootenai winter bow.
Photo courtesy Linehan Outfitting Company

If you’re heading out on the river to fish streamers in winter, you need to think a little differently. Here are a few of my best tips for adjusting tactics to score when the mercury is low: . . .

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