20 Hours North: Chasing Pike

Gathering 11 close friends and heading North to chase pike and walleye seemed like a dream 2 months ago.  Days were spent in the shop tying flies, preparing gear, and dreaming of 20 pound pike smashing top water flies.  Daily conversations happened with customers who constantly wanted to know when we were leaving.  Finally the… Read More

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Snake Alert!

Danner Lindstrand likes to stop by the fly shop on a daily basis.  We missed him for a couple days.  Then he showed up with a swollen hand and a tale.  He’s planning some revenge on the rattle snake, but I imagine his parents would prefer he just stay away from them in general.  It’s… Read More


Fly Tying: N40 Tufted Zebra Midge

One could argue that the Zebra midge is one of the best trout flies of all time. This is especially true on western tailwaters. As a fly tiers, we always tinker with the best patterns and try to make them better.  When midges and BWO’s are hatching, this version with a wing and tail tuft… Read More

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Bonaparte Lake: Top Water Bass!

We jumped at the chance to fly fish the state’s most diverse lake for Father’s Day this year. Who knows: Troll a bugger and you could get an 18 lb. Tiger Trout—that was in fact the record breaking fish pulled from this 151 acre lake this spring! When we pulled up to the Bonaparte Lake… Read More

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Mo Report: Tons of Bugs

Tons of bugs out there.  Great dry fly opportunities.  Solid nymphing.   Caddis, caddis, caddis…. Lots of Brown Drakes.  Sometimes.  In the right places. The weather is going to heat up for the next week.  Go fishing early and then stop by the shop.  We are air conditioned!

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Fly Tying: Alters Pike Slider Variation

Alter’s Pike Slider is a good fly for chasing pike in the North West. This fly can be tied larger and longer by simply adding more length to the tail. This version is a slight variation by wrapping bunny around the shank of the hook and adding some arctic fox. Fish this fly on a… Read More

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Solstice Fly Fishing on the Mo

For the past 26 years, I’ve spent summer solstice fly fishing in Alaska.  I usually fish until midnight or later into the following day.  Daylight is not an issue.  This was my first summer solstice in Montana.  It gets dark around 10 pm, but that left enough time after work to get in some great… Read More

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Falling Water, Rising Fish: PMD Hatch

  Our big flush of rain inspired run off has cycled through and waters all around us are dropping fast.  The good news is that Canyon Ferry has filled and flows on the Missouri should be normal this season.  Gibson has also filled, so the Sun River will have some water as well.  Belt Creek,… Read More


Three Underrated Spots to Fish

It’s earned. You fish for years and finally learn where to find the “hush-hush”… call it paying your dues, putting in work… whatever you want. But it takes time. If you’ve followed us online and clicked through to this blog, you’ve paid your dues and we’re giving you some new spots… these aren’t the killer Cali… Read More

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