Top 10 Early-Spring Patterns for Montana Trout

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Here’s a gorgeous early-spring rainbow from a Southwestern Montana river.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

While we are still a couple months from spring, sometimes those El Nino-fueled winds bring warm days to the river, and the fishermen start to wake up. Good fishing can be found across much of . .

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Video: “Not Mine, Ours”

Ask a child to choose between a river and a mine and they will choose the river without hesitation. Trout Unlimited’s film “Not Mine, Ours” recently premiered at the 16th annual Wild and Scenic . . .

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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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