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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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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Video: Living Rivers—Cast

At this year’s Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, the keynote address was not delivered by some crusty veteran, offering pearls of wisdom from his decades on the. . .

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Classic Trout Bum of the Week: “Dirty” Mike Elliott

Written by: Abigail Dennis


Mike Elliott poses with a gorgeous Madison River brown trout.
All photos courtesy Mike Elliott

“Dirty” Mike Elliott isn’t your typical fly fishing guide. No, he’s a true Montanan: he hunts, night calves and seeks shed antlers. But he’s best known as one of Madison County’s best fly. . .

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Video: “Carpology” Part 1 by Todd Moen

Summer temps hover in the upper 90s, and there are rising carp on Montana’s Missouri River. Unlike trout or steelhead or bonefish, carp feed in a frenzy known to some anglers as the. . .

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