Local’s Prerogative

Weekend Warrior from Drew Burrington on Vimeo. Plump late spring flows aren’t always best fished.

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I am a catch and release guy.  Almost 100% of the time.  Certainly in the rivers.  But every now and then, I get the urge to go out and catch dinner.  Fortunately we have the perfect place for that right around Bozeman.  The local reservoir is not only the town’s water supply but it stocked […]

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One of the great ones is gone today. RIP BB King.

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Find Your Water: Season 1, Episode 1: Our Backyard from Redingtongear on Vimeo. Nifty piece from the good folks at Redington.

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John, Mark and the Headhunters gang celebrated the shop’s 7th anniversary / birthday on Saturday the 4th. It seems like only yesterday, during the depths of the Lehman crash in the winter of 08/09, that Jake and I talked about the fact that only crazy people would be starting a new business, above all a […]

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If you don’t ski, your recreation options are pretty damn limited in winter.  You can go fishing, stay home and tie flies, maybe try snowshoeing a day or two here and there, and stay inside and watch movies.  There just aren’t too many options.  But once the weather warms up in Spring, choosing what to […]

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Moments

by Jake McGlothlin on March 18, 2015

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Fly fishing is a game of moments.  That moment when a fish that has been following your fly for ten feet decides to stick its nose up and sip it down.  That moment after days of standing hip deep in the river with nothing to show for it when you finally feel that big grab. […]

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Speaking of photography today, one of the fishiest guys we know cranked up an Instagram account (@bigskyanglers) back in January – Joe Moore of Big Sky Anglers. Joe is a rare combination of fly fishing rocket scientist, gentleman guide, winter Yellowstone bombardier operator and guide, practical conservationist and river steward, bird hunter, who, as if […]

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March

by Jake McGlothlin on March 4, 2015

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February is over, thank God.  I’m always glad to get that month out of the way.  Once you hit March the days get longer, you realize good BWO fishing is a month away, and summer is just a few months behind that.  There is usually still a lot of winter left but it seems more […]

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A nice make-you-smile piece from American Rivers; they’re not right about everything in their platform but they’re consistently getting good things done for American waterways. Thanks for the heads up Sinjin.

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Yellowstone National Park is one of those places that has always had a special place in my heart.  It was there that the love of fly fishing really took hold.  One of my earlier memories of fly fishing is on the banks of the Yellowstone below the Lake with my family.  I can’t remember if […]

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Last week I believe we had a first at the house.  We were porch sitting in February.  In case you didn’t know, porch sitting is more than just sitting down on a porch.  It is a complex ritual that involves two or more friends sitting on a porch drinking beer, telling fish stories and wondering […]

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Two nifty pieces in the just released Big Sky Journal’s 2015 Fly Fishing Edition are well worth your time today. Dan Rice’s Bozeman Reel gets some well-deserved love for crafting the Bozeman Reel line in Montana; you have to dig the waders hanging just outside the shop door in the picture above. And our own Jess McGlothlin […]

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Icy Days

by Jake McGlothlin on January 12, 2015

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Some days you know the conditions aren’t going to be optimal, but you have to get out anyway.  Last Thursday I was sitting at the island in our kitchen tying flies and just got the urge to go fishing.  It was 25 degrees in Bozeman, and had been damn cold the previous night.  All the […]

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One of the things I personally have enjoyed almost more than anything else in fishing over the past few years has been learning to Spey cast.  The different motions, the cool gear, and being a complete beginner once again were all pretty significant draws.  And it might be elitist of me, but it’s pretty neat […]

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