Top 10 Nymph Patterns for Montana Tailwaters

Written by: Pete Shanafelt, Bighorn Angler


Bighorn River trout can be caught on nymph patterns year-round.
Photo courtesy Bighorn Angler

Montana is blessed to have the Bighorn, Madison, Missouri, and Beaverhead as some of the top tailwater fisheries in the world, all within a day’s drive. Having spent the past 14 years guiding. . .

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Photos: Like Mother Like Daughters


Ayden (left) allowed her little sister to do the release honors.
Photo by Dylan Tucker

The bright sun brought the salmonflies out on the lower Blackfoot River in early June, and we managed to get just ahead of the hatch to find some very eager trout on big dries. After my. . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Nymphs for the Madison River

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Stonefly nymphs are always present in the Madison, making a rubber-leg pattern a wise choice.
Photos by Brian McGeehan

Montana’s Madison River is quite simply a fantastic nymph fishery. Day in and day out, nymphing produces quality fish, no matter what the season. The consistency of the fishery is one of the. . .

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Photo of the Day: First-Float Yellowstone Brown

Written by: Kubie Brown


Kubie Brown’s first float of the year produced this fine Montana brownie.
Photo courtesy Kubie Brown

The Yellowstone is still running high, muddy, and cold, but that shouldn’t stop you from fishing. It’s all well and good watching a trout in clear water rise and daintily sip a dry fly off the surface, . . .

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Video: “Carpology” Part 2 by Todd Moen

Dry-fly fishing in Montana’s magnificent Big Sky country is perhaps the closest thing to heaven for most anglers. But during the summer of 2015, I went there and encountered sweltering. . .

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5 Tips For Fishing The Lower Madison At High Water

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


High water doesn’t have to be a problem, expecially in a shallow river like the Lower Madison.
Photos by Brian McGeehan

The Lower Madison–the section of the Madison River below Ennis Dam down to the headwaters of the Missouri–is one of the most reliable float fisheries in southwestern Montana during . . .

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