Category Archives: Flies

Western Montana Hatches Be Jammin’

Here’s a little report that my friend Jed Fitzpatrick, who owns Bitterroot River Guides, cranked out after he and I and a few others floated Montana’s Bitterroot River last week. With some colder weather the river is probably on the … Continue reading

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Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Dries and Tying Nymphs

Recently I’ve started tying flies again, not on a big scale level, but a few here and there, mostly nymphs, eggs and worms, the staple of any Rocky Mountain fly fisher’s spring arsenal. I also dug out the vice and … Continue reading

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GT’s Two Fly Winter Setup

It may have felt like spring around Montana yesterday, and it looks like we’ll see temperatures in the 50s by the coming weekend, but it’s still winter and the fish know it. I’ve heard good reports of late from the … Continue reading

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The Best Northwest Winter Steelhead Flies

I thought about putting this post together on my own, telling you which are my favorite Northwest winter steelhead flies, but it’s already been done, and done well at that, by the Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon. Most of the … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Kelly Galloup of Slide Inn, Montana

Interviewed and then penned this piece a while back for Fly Rod & Reel, and I figured it’s worth repeating here as there is good information, plus a couple laughs to get out of this. As you know, I used … Continue reading

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The Egg and Tail

I’ve written about fall and spring fishing and my favorite setup during those times, but it’s worth reiterating especially after the communication I’ve had with a friend over the past few days. The setup I’m talking about is the GIE … Continue reading

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Deschutes Steelhead Turns On

Got some reports of late from Oregon’s legendary Deschutes, and although fishing can be hit or miss any day of the season, right now there are plenty of hits being had. One friend said he fished the mouth recently and … Continue reading

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Angler’s Tonic Visits Hawk Lake Lodge, Ontario . . . for walleye and bass

Just spent five days at Hawk Lake Lodge in northwestern Ontario, trying to figure out how to catch walleye on the fly, and spending the rest of the time slamming smallmouth on poppers. In the evenings it was all fun … Continue reading

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Montana’s Canyon Ferry Reservoir and Giant Pike

You’re probably aware that Canyon Ferry Reservoir is a hot place for trout, and now it’s a solid bet for walleye anglers, too. But few probably realize how many big pike are in that reservoir. I was one of them … Continue reading

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Bitterroot River Skwala Hatch, Update

I’ve been in Seattle and San Fran for the past couple weeks so I’ve been out of the loop as far as the fishing and water conditions go, but my good friend Jed Fitzpatrick has been on the water, like … Continue reading

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