For the fly fishing industry wonks among us, interesting poll on Angling Trade right now asking if you’d be more likely to attend a May trade show meeting vs. the middle of high summer July event as has been the norm the past few years. More and VOTE here.
Bahamas Conservation Update from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust BTT just yesterday published a Bahamas Conservation Update with this lede – Given all of the recent conversation about the state of bonefishing in the Bahamas, we thought it timely to share an update on the progress that has been made by our Bahamas Initiative collaborations […]
Several years ago (amazingly in fact five years ago), Jake spent an earlier lifetime working for a year in a Southern State fly shop. One evening a customer walked in and proceeded to authoritatively tell Jake there “are no trout in Montana over 18 inches long. They simply don’t exist. At all”. Said customer had […]
There are a bevy of skilled guides and several very strong shops serving fly fishers targeting the Missouri River in Montana. Everybody has their favorite(s); we try to follow them all as every group tends to have particular strengths and viewpoints that resonate. Of late Mark Raisler and John Arnold, the almost ‘odd couple’ pair […]
Just finished a quick conversation with a friend in Missoula (Montana native, 3rd generation fly fisher, working guide) who had what he described as ‘colorful’ interactions with two parties of fishers on the lower Blackfoot over the holiday weekend. Both groups were fishing in the late afternoon well after the 2 PM hoot owl restriction […]
A bevy of hoot owl closures launch today in Southwest Montana, as happens just about every summer, though it is a bit early this year. A number of guides we’ve chatted with over the past weeks expected it even earlier given lower flows for the end of June / early July than anybody would like […]
Was just chatting with a friend who guides out of West Yellowstone and he asked if I’d seen recent water temps on the Firehole; I told him I hadn’t though it was easy to guess what’s ‘cooking’. As happens in skinny water and about-to-get-damned-hot summers, afternoon water temps on the Firehole have been well above […]
Angling Trade broke the news yesterday that Far Bank Enterprises (Sage, RIO, Redington) will begin direct sales of Sage and RIO products in 2016. It’s just a guess on our part, but we’re betting that many a small, independent fly shop, who has worked for years with Sage in particular making their gear the backbone […]
Montana Spey from scumliner media on Vimeo. Skagit guru and Steelhead guide Mike McCune talking about his new love for two-handed trout fishing, and some insight on the new Sage ultra-light 2 Handers and RIO Trout Skagit lines he has been working on over the last few years. Both will be introduced later this summer […]
Since our last glimpse (through the admittedly jaundiced eyes of a fly fisher) at the seasonal water supply for Montana and the greater northern Rockies neighborhood it’s been fairly wet, though much of that input to the system has fallen as rain instead of adding to the season’s less-than-sterling snowpack numbers. Back when I was […]
Explore Utah's Green River With Zeal Optics X Bloodknots X Western Rivers Flyfisher Guides from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo. I’ll always love the Green even though we don’t get down that far to fish very often; it’s a magical place with some of the most striking Western views around.
Joe Brooks and Curt Gowdy, the first American Sportsman Show, casting into the wind from joebrooks documentary on Vimeo. A video clip from the very first American Sportsman TV show, 1963 pilot program. It was filmed as a fishing competition between two Argentines, Tito Hosman and Erick Gornick versus two Americans, Joe Brooks and Curt […]
Montana's Riparian Zones from Upper Missouri Waterkeeper on Vimeo. Waterways and riparian areas have always attracted humans . The impacts on riparian systems, especially in the Western United States, have been considerable. It is estimated that over 70 percent of western riparian habitat has been significantly altered or eliminated by draining, clearing, permanent flooding, diverting […]
In the Name of the River from Presecan on Vimeo.