Videos: Patterns to Match the Mayfly Life Cycle

Written by: Pete Shanafelt, Bighorn Angler


A “mixed bag” of spring nymphs for fishing the Bighorn.
Photo courtesy Bighorn Angler

Sorting through the many mayfly fly patterns on the market today can be confusing, as there are a plethora of “bin appeal” patterns and not so many with real “trout appeal.” The patterns listed. . .

Read More

Pro Tips: How to Fish Safely and Effectively from a Drift Boat

The words “drift boat” cause most fly fishers to immediately go into daydream mode, fantasizing about big, trout-filled, Western rivers. A float trip is usually an all-day event in which a trio—two anglers and a rower–covers miles of river, all the while changing up techniques to adjust to what the trout want to eat. Fly-fishing … Continue reading “Pro Tips: How to Fish Safely and Effectively from a Drift Boat”

Read More

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. . .

Read More

Top 5 Flies for Montana Spring

Montana offers some of the best spring fishing in the lower forty-eight. During the months of March and April and before runoff and snowmelt blows out valley rivers, water conditions are often quite consistent . . .

Read More