Pro Tip: Don’t Talk Trash About Mr. Whitey

Written by: John McKinnie, Fly-Fishing Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch


Many a troutless day has been saved by the tug of the whitey.
Photos courtesy Lone Mountain Ranch

Who hasn’t heard the phrase “not another Whitefish,” uttered with sheer disappointment? All too often, you will hear this said by guides and anglers on rivers throughout southwestern. . .

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Tuesday Tip: 5 Strategies for Salmonfly Success

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Salmonflies provide trout with a T-bone-size meal, but the hatch isn’t easy to fish.
Photo by John Way

The salmon fly hatch on many of the bigger rivers of Montana is by far the best time to catch a trophy fish on a dry fly. That being said, this hatch is hard to predict, as well as often. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XLV: Chuck Page


Chuck Page hoists a trophy brown trout on his beloved Big Hole River in Montana.
Photo courtesy Chuck Page

Chuck Page is the 2015 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year. A California native, he has been guiding on the Big Hole River and other Southwest Montana waters since 1983. He is. . .

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Photo of the Day: Gus the Trout-Loving Dog

Written by: Dylan Tucker, Tucker Fly Fishing


Gus photo-bombs Jayme Erickson’s photo with a Bitterroot rainbow.
Photo by Dylan Tucker

Being a boat dog is hard work. You’ve got to keep from getting tangled in line, you’ve got to avoid jumping up on an open fly box, and you never even get to cast. Every time you meet a nice. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XLIV: Matthew Long


Matthew Long with daughters Catherine and Elizabeth on Armstrong Spring Creek, in Paradise Valley.
Photo by Carolyn Long

Welcome to our series called “Trout Bum of the Week,” in which we highlight some of the guys living the good life. . .of a sort. (See the bottom of this post for a link to the previous installments.) Most of the subjects are guides who have turned their passion into a vocation, spending their time in an outdoor “office” that may include a drift boat, gorgeous mountain scenery, and crystal clear water. Others do have day jobs but manage to spend every other available minute on the water with a fly rod in hand. Whether you aspire to one lifestyle or the other, it’s illuminating to explore the different paths these men and women have taken on their way to achieving “trout bum” status. 

Matthew Long is the owner/outfitter of Long Outfitting in Livingston, Montana. Since starting in 1997, Matthew and his crew of guides have been proud to be a two-time recipient of the. . .

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Top 10 Patterns for Spring in Southwest Montana

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Guide “Dirty” Mike Elliott shows off a sweet spring Madison River rainbow.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

Spring in Southwest Montana can be special time. The rivers are awakening, and the fish are hungry for the first significant food of the year. Also, it is a great time to fish, as most of the. . .

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