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. . .
Orvis’s Shawn Combs shows off a sweet Montana brown in the runup to OGR17.Photo by Jim Kershaw
The 2017 Orvis Guide Rendezvous kicked off yesterday in Missoula, Montana. For more than 30 years, Orvis has been hosting a conference for professional fly-fishing guides from around the . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing
The nymph fishing on the Missouri River can be spectacular in spring.
Photo by Todd Everts
Early Spring (late March thru early May) is the most underrated time of year to fish in Montana. The trout are hungry after a long winter and have not seen a fly in months. Low water levels . . .
Written by: Bryen Venema, Bighorn Angler
Store Manager Mary Griffin caught this 22-inch South Holsten brown on a tiny midge imitation.
Photo by Trey Oliver
Whether you are fishing the Bighorn, the Missouri, or a tailwater elsewhere in the country, midges are among the most important hatches. These tiny patterns have proven themselves as. . .
Surely, this can’t be the first fly-fishing video featuring 360-degree technology, but it’s the first one I’ve seen. Shot by a company called InsideMT, it offers views of anglers on Montana’s Gallatin . . .
Tim Linehan has now spent more than half his life on the rivers of northwestern Montana.
Photo courtesy Tim Linehan
A quarter-century ago, Tim Linehan did something that so many Eastern anglers have dreamed of: he packed everything he owned into his car and moved to Montana to become a. . .
John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters samples a Skwala. He claims they are very tasty.
Photo by Tom Rosenbauer
“Embrace the worm” is what my friend John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters in Missoula always tells me. Every year, when we have our Orvis Guide Rendezvous and Down the Hatch. . .
Written by: Frazier Blair, Orvis Vice President of Merchandise Operations & Planning
The chance to reconnect—and to catch wild trout—drew Bob and Frazier to the wilds of Montana.
All photos courtesy Frazier Blair
My dad, Bob Blair, had just retired, and it was a great moment for us to share a trip of a lifetime. For too long, our busy lives had gotten in the way of our connection to each other and to the. . .