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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Top 10 Midge Patterns for Tailwaters

Written by: Bryen Venema, Bighorn Angler


Orvis Charlotte 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. . .

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Video: Fly-Fishing the Gallatin in 360 Degrees

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 . . .

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