Video: A Minute of Montana Heat

Joe Cummings isn’t going to win any video-naming awards–a bit on the nose, don’t you think?–but this production provides plenty of great visuals, from epic drone shots to closeups of beautiful . . .

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Photo of the Day: A First-Fish Surprise in Montana

Written by: Kubie Brown


The first fish of the day turned out to be a real beaut.
Photo by Sam Brown

Expect the unexpected. With the waters dropping in Montana and fishing starting to pick up, my brother Sam and I headed to the Boulder River in Big Timber, hoping to stick a few rainbows on . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Salmonfly Dries for the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


The huge salmonflies can bring even the biggest Madison River trout to the surface.
Photo by John Way

It is that time of year, when everyone is salmonfly crazy around Montana. People talk in hushed tones at the bars about where the hatch is and where the trout are eating the dry fly. Of the . . .

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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. . .

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A Bighorn Guide’s Top 7 Sowbug Patterns

Written by: Steve Galletta, Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Lodge


On tailwaters and spring creeks, you can’t go wrong with a sowbug pattern.
Photos by Steve Galletta

In tailwater rivers and spring creeks, crustaceans such as sowbugs provide a consistent source of protein throughout the year. On famous tailwater rivers such as the Bighorn and Missouri . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Set-Up Rigs for Nymphs, Streamers, and Dry-Droppers

Written by: Luke Lowery


If your nymph isn’t at the right depth, the fish won’t eat it.
Photo by Sandy Hays

With the nice weather we’ve been having in Montana, anglers are flocking to the Madison. The most common questions I get in the shop are about how to set up a rig properly. I will go. . .

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