Pro Tips: Fishing Montana’s Smaller Trout Streams

Written by: The Staff of Montana Angler


It’s not the Madison or the Yellowstone, but streams like this offer great fly fishing for trout.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler

As the winter snow flies in Montana, it is easy for the mind to wander to warmer days spent exploring the intimate streams that we fly anglers hold near and dear to our hearts. Perhaps a sense of . . .

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Tuesday Tips: 5 Random Tips for a New Season


Here’s a wound I suffered one summer from a dried tree branch. I was wearing glasses
at the time, but without them, I’d likely be signing my name as “Lefty” right now.
Photo by Bryan Eldredge

Most of us spend a fair amount of time during the winter piddling around with gear, fly boxes, flies, and waders, but when spring’s arrival becomes apparent, it seems like there is always more to. . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Detect Strikes When Nymph Fishing


As a general rule, the distance between indicator and fly should be 1.5 times the water depth.
Photo courtesy Tom Rosenbauer

As hatches become fewer and farther between in the fall, most anglers will be fishing with subsurface nymphs or streamers. When you can’t see your fly, detecting strikes can be the difference between. . .

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Pro Tips: 10 Ways to Get Your Nymphs to the Bottom


Your ability to get your flies in front of the fish when they are holding deep is one key to angling success.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Even though the quintessential fly-fishing image involves casting dry flies to rising fish, we spend considerably more time presenting flies underwater to fish we can’t see, and beginning fly . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Early-Season Driftless Area Spring Creeks

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


This gorgeous Driftless Area brook trout fell for a Turkey Leech.
Photo by Kip Vieth

As the snow melts and the spring creeks of the Driftless Area start to settle down, every fly angler in or near this unique region starts to twitch. Spring fever is at a fever pitch, and fly fishers are. . .

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Pro Tips: What Kind of First-Aid Kit Should You Carry?

Written by: Mike Tayloe, Finns West


When an injury occurs in the field, it pays to have the proper tools and materials.
Photo via Finns West

After more than 20 years as a wilderness paramedic and fly-fishing guide, I can assure you that most anglers overlook the importance of carrying a good first-aid kit. I have dealt with many . . .

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