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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Top 10 Early-Spring Patterns for Montana Trout

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Here’s a gorgeous early-spring rainbow from a Southwestern Montana river.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

While we are still a couple months from spring, sometimes those El Nino-fueled winds bring warm days to the river, and the fishermen start to wake up. Good fishing can be found across much of . .

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Classic Podcast: Fly-Fishing in Colder Conditions with John Herzer


Tom shows off a fine Bitterrot brown trout with guide John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters.
Photo courtesy Blackfoot River Outfitters

This week, the main event is a chat with John Herzer, owner of Blackfoot River Outfitters and one of the savviest anglers and guides I know. John talks about late-fall and winter fishing in the. . .

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Classic Tips: 5 Keys to Winter Streamer Fishing

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.


Linehan Outfitting Company guide Sam Stevenson with a thick Kootenai winter bow.
Photo courtesy Linehan Outfitting Company

If you’re heading out on the river to fish streamers in winter, you need to think a little differently. Here are a few of my best tips for adjusting tactics to score when the mercury is low: . . .

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ACTION ALERT: Montana DEQ to Hold Public Meetings on Proposed Mine in Smith River Headwaters


image via http://smithriverwatch.org

The Smith River–Montana’s only permitted recreational river–is renowned for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and incredible trout fishery. A small Canadian mining startup, Tintina Resources, . . .

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Semper Fi in Montana with Fly-Fishing Vets

Written by: John Herzer, Blackfoot River Outfitters


Manny shows off his first trout of the day, whcih was the achievement of his personal goal.
Photos courtesy Blackfoot River Outfitters

Over the past two seasons, the guides at Blackfoot River Outfitters in Missoula, Montana, have led 48 wounded veterans on multi-day-float fishing trips. Although the participants rave about the . . .

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