Tag Archives: montana fly fishing

Photos and Story: Learning the Ropes in Yellowstone

Written by: Will Bayha

Will and Bridgit in the Lamar River canyon, in Yellowstone National Park.
Photos courtesy Will Bayha

When I first heard about the Orvis 50/50 On the Water campaign, I loved the idea to inspire and celebrate women in fly fishing. I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do with my girlfriend, . . .


Pro Tips: Making the Most of the “Trico Trance”

Written by:Nick Chiasson, Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort

You can catch surprisingly big trout on tiny Trico patterns when the fish go into a trance.
Photo courtesy Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort

It’s Trico time again on the Bighorn River, and it seems that each year, the hatch gets longer and longer. Tricos are an incredibly fun dry flies to fish, especially on rivers like the Bighorn that . . .


Pro Tips: Skate Your Way to More Trout

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing

Caddisfly hatches can be thick, but some of the best fishing occurs when the bugs return to lay eggs.
Photos courtesy of Montana Angler Fly Fishing

When we are first learning to fly fish, the concept of the dead drift is constantly reinforced. Many beginners are taught that trout won’t eat a fly unless it has zero drag on it and is drifting along . . .


Classic Tips: “Skitch” Your Way to Better Hopper Fishing

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.

Sometimes a little motion is what the trout are looking for in a hopper.
Photo by Sandy Hays

A couple years ago, while floating the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana, Bostonians––and fellow Red Sox fans­­––Tom and Sue Ukena had a great morning sniping trout with long leaders and size 16 Pale Morning Dun spinners. During lunch, . . .


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 . . .


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 . . .


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. . .


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 . . .


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. . .


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, . . .