Happy 4th of July and Independence Day!

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I hope everyone is having a great Independence Day and that your weather is as beautiful as it is here in SW Montana. The Rivers are starting to settle down here and we are getting excited about getting back out on the water. I thought I'd link back to some July 4th color (though a saltwater pattern) for the special day.

Charles Barton's Belizeable.


More patterns and a little break

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Headed up to Glacier for a few days with the family so I'll be away from the computer. Its hard to do but I've post the next two weeks' patterns already. They should publish on time on Monday and the following Monday. Look for patterns from Steve Potter and Boots Allen. Have a great weekend!
Sneak Peak.
Steve Potter's Contribution

Boots Allen's Contribution

Montana Trout Stalkers and Madison River Foundation.

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A week ago, I got the chance to fish the upper Madison with Joe Dilschneider of Montana Trout Stalkers. The fishing was challenging but we landed a nice brown and I let a couple others off the hook early. It was a great day on the river with typical June Montana weather.

I don't get out on any river very often these days so it was especially nice to get a taste of the outdoors.

The reason I'm writing this post though is that Joe was telling me about the Madison River Foundation on our trip. I knew of their existence already but that was about it. They are a relatively small organization still but they leverage their size well by doing some great local projects to keep the Madison one of the great fisheries in this country.

Our Mission

We will endeavor to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River ecosystem for the mutual benefit of wildlife and all people who use it by employing professional expertise and advocating worthy public policy to ensure the future well-being of this valuable resource.

I hope you'll take a moment to browse their site, and if you have ever experienced the joy of fishing the Madison, I hope you'll give a little back and become a member. It takes a lot of effort to keep the valley a world class fishery and any support helps.


Hatch reports

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The weather has been a mix of gorgeous and rainy here in SW Montana. I took the boys down to the Yellowstone yesterday to throw some rocks and sticks in the water and do some general exploration. We tried a poorly marked access that I'd never been to just south of town and the River was running high but fairly clear. I was pretty surprised at how fishable it looked (managing a 3 and 1 yr old next to high water seemed like enough to occupy my attention so I hadn't brought my rod).

This brings up the idea of River Reports. There are several sites out there that provide river reports posted by shops. Another site, for SW Montana at least is more of a community generated system for reporting. I met the other day with Dustin from Hatchopedia.com and we had a great conversation. Their site allows any user to submit reports and pics for their home waters. With more reporters for each river (vs. just one for other sites), their reports tend to be much more up to date. If you are looking for water and fishing conditions or have some info to share, go check them out.

Filming in Idaho

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We've been filming in Idaho Falls this weekend at the SE Idaho Fly Tying Expo. Its been fun and productive and we've met some great new tiers and seen some old friends.
Here's the list of folks nice enough to share their expertise and knowledge with us (and you). A big thanks to all of them.

  • Boots Allen
  • Steve Potter
  • Ben Byng
  • Clark "Cheech" Pierce
  • Tyler Dimond
  • Jessy Riding
  • Jerry Criss
  • Rocky Maley

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