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Want to Help Our Shop? Order some Flies!

Want to Help Our Shop? Order some Flies!

We are going to lose at least most and perhaps all of our tourist and guided trips business this season due to road damage inside Yellowstone Park and uncertain access to the Yellowstone River outside of the park associated with recent flooding. That said, we’ve got a shop full of flies, accessories, hats, and tee-shirts we are eager to sell once general road access to Gardiner is restored, and few tourists over the next few months to buy them! Please consider giving us a call at (406) 848-7314 or e-mailing us to place an order.

We have great inventory in the following items:

  • “Standard” flies for Montana and beyond from Umpqua Feather Merchants and Montana Fly Company: Chubby Chernobyls, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns… You get the idea.
  • Semi-local flies from Delektable Flies: Flies designed near Ennis for the Madison, Yellowstone, and other local rivers. Great stonefly and attractor nymphs!
  • Flies designed locally by our own Walter Wiese and tied by Catch Fly Fishing. We have almost the full range of Walter’s Flies: Bob Hoppers, Hazy Cripples, a couple soft hackles, many varieties of nymphs… Visit this link and scroll to page 105 to view all of Walter’s patterns.
  • A few custom flies tied by shop staff or designed by Richard Parks and Matt Minch, some of which are local-specific, some of which are broadly useful (Perdigons by Walter, for example).
  • Leaders, tippet, etc. from Umpqua, RIO, and Orvis.
  • Fly lines from Cortland and RIO.
  • Fly rods and reels from Orvis, ECHO, and Redington.
  • A huge selection of shop hats and tee-shirts.
  • Fairly limited range of rain gear, waders, and wading boots, but good stock of the range we carry.
  • Assorted other fly fishing paraphernalia (vests, packs, nippers, similar odds and ends).

We do not have an e-commerce store but are glad to do mail-order. We are working to get a limited e-commerce store set up and should have it ready to go tomorrow.

For the moment, you can purchase electronic gift cards here.

If you just want to give us a donation, you can do that here.

Mid-February Snowpack Update and Summer Fishing Outlook

Mid-February Snowpack Update and Summer Fishing Outlook

Walter just made an update on his own blog about current snowpack and likely summer fishing conditions. No need for us to reinvent the wheel.

Long story short, we anticipate a low snowpack and low water conditions this summer, with the quality fishing slanting towards late June and July. August fishing will depend on cooler weather; it is very likely we’ll see some 2:00PM fishing closures if summer is hot and dry, as (alas) is forecast.

Do Your Snow Dances…

Do Your Snow Dances…

There’s a lot of winter left, thankfully. It is 60 degrees in Montana right now and hasn’t snowed more than a coating at valley-level since early October. Do your snow dances for healthy snowpack. If it looks like this come June, the whole west will run dry and be on fire.

Warm November = Still Swing Season (Fly Video Content)

Warm November = Still Swing Season (Fly Video Content)

Often we’re about done fishing streamers for the year by this point in November. This year, November has generally been warm (and has been very dry — do your snow dances). It’s cold right now, but is forecast to warm up again in a few days.

The above means you can still turn some big fish on streamers fished on the swing. While lightweight spey rods are the hip tools for this job, you don’t actually need one. Any single-hand 9′ 6-7 weight will do fine (though spey rods are cool). Fish a moderate or slow-sinking tip.

You want to select a fly with a trailing hook or at least a “traditional” streamer where the hook is near the rear of the fly, something like a Spruce, a Muddler Minnow, or similar. Trout seldom inhale streamers fished on the swing this late in the year. Instead they nip at them from the rear. For that reason, the hook needs to be at the back of the hook.

Small Intruder-style flies are excellent choices for this job. Here’s a good one posted by North 40, a chain of sporting goods and home stores with integrated fly shops (no guide service) in Idaho and northern Montana: