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Simms Gear and Higher Water
April 16, 2014
Fred Telleen
  Dan is pretty psyched about spring fly fishing on the Missouri River.  He made more casts and caught more fish the past two days then ever before.  We started out on Monday fishing below Holter Dam. It was not long before the whistles started going off.  Pretty soon, 1200cfs of additional water was surging forth through a couple of newly opened gates.  We hit plenty of fish in the morning, but as we floated through the afternoon, the bite got spotty.  Lots... Read more
 
Gear Review: Scientific Angler's Sharkwave Fly Line
April 10, 2014
Dustin Bise
The start of trout fishing season always involves getting out your gear for a quick inventory and thorough cleaning. If you're like me, then your fly line might have had a few encounters with sharp rocks, tree branches, mud, and the sun. These elements can take a toll on fly lines, which are a critical component of dry fly fishing. I have learned over the years that new, modern line can be the difference between being in fish all day and struggling to get a good drift. When I saw the new... Read more
 
Missouri River Fishing Report April 5
April 7, 2014
Fred Telleen
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of guiding Dr. Mark Ozog on the Missouri River.  Mark is one of the board members of the Missouri River Fly Fishers and operates  Ozog Eye Care here in Great Falls.  Mark had been planning this trip for over a year.  Last spring we left it loose and never connected with weather and schedules never quite meshing.  This year we set a firm date. The prevailing weather has been really windy lately and I wanted to be sure we had... Read more
 
Missouri River Fishing Report - April 3rd
April 4, 2014
Denver Rathbun
Missouri River Fishing Report – April 3rd   Hit the river yesterday with one of Big R's former faces, Keaten LaBrel. We made it to the lower river by 9:30 AM, just as the sun was burning up the remaining clouds. Ambient temperature was in the upper 40's and we could finally feel the warmth of the sun on our faces! However, with a cold and clear sky the night before, water temps had dropped back down to below 38 degrees and we didn't anticipate much of a streamer bite until... Read more
 
Fly Fishing Film Festival - Sandpoint, ID
April 4, 2014
Calvin Fuller
Big R Fly Shop is once again hosting their annual F3T/IF4 weekend in Sandpoint, ID at the historic Panida Theater.  The dates for the event are April 25th-26th.  Big R Fly Shop will be showing the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) http://www.flyfilmtour.com/ on Friday April 25th at 6:00pm.  Participants watching this series of shows will have the opportunity to win a 5 day guided fishing trip to Belize at the El Pescador Lodge after filling out the sweepstakes entry. On... Read more
 
April Fooling Fish
April 2, 2014
Fred Telleen
March was in like a lion and out like...well, another lion.  April 1st came in with a dusting of snow.  No fooling.  But do not be discouraged. This month there will be some wonderful spring days.  How many remains to be seen, but little by little, the waters and the water temps are rising. The birds are back.  The gulls are screeching, Osprey are diving and the robbins are hopping around.  Midges are hatching in greater numbers and BWO's are on the way.... Read more
 
Missouri River Fishing Report
March 19, 2014
Denver Rathbun
It's March 19th already and we're barreling right into my favorite time of year to be on the water. As of this moment I will no longer be discouraged by poor weather as I enjoy everything spring has to offer...including the relentless sleet/snow mixture Austin Schoen and I endured all of Monday on the river. It was the perfect spring snow storm and we saw everything from big, fat flakes falling straight down to sideways stinging sleet. Despite the wet conditions, temperatures were... Read more
 
Salmon and Steelhead Wins
March 17, 2014
Fred Telleen
These days, there is often doom and gloom when it comes to wild fish, but read on and I will get to some good stuff.  This past Friday, the Missouri River Fly Fishers hosted the F3T. I always get a buzz from watching the films and my itch to fish gets racheted up even higher. We are fortunate to have lots of great water in Montana with healthy fish populations. The Missouri River Fly Fishing Club has dedicated members who have been helping us with access to those waters as well as... Read more
 
Omak Lake Fishing Report
March 17, 2014
Greg Bennet
With the Okanogan River running high and muddy, Steelhead were simply out of the question. So I made a few calls to round up some single hand casters and we headed to Omak Lake to chase down huge Lahontan cutthroats. The water was crystal clear, and the wind was down. We split up on Beercan Beach, each heading in different directions roughly 100 yard apart. I tied on a small Red Price Nymph behind a White Zonker. It wasn’t long before you could hear the "yahooooos" and "fish on"! My first... Read more
 
National Fish Habitat Conservation Act 
March 12, 2014
Fred Telleen
Protecting our fish, wildlife and the environment is actually good for our economy. Those of us in the industry know this. Montana thrives on dollars that sportsman spend from both residents and those that travel here from throughout the country. All of you who fish and hunt know how important healthy habitats are for your recreation. Its great to see that Washington is noticing. On March 6, 2014 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced S.... Read more
 
Fishing Reports
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • April 15th, 2014
    Mostly cloudy
    Temperature: 48 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • March 22nd, 2014
    Partly cloudy
    Temperature: 38 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • March 9th, 2014
    Mostly sunny
    Temperature: 50 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • March 5th, 2014
    Temperature: 46 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
  • LAKE PEND OREILLE
  • November 26th, 2013
    Mostly sunny
    Temperature: 28 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • October 27th, 2013
    Windy
    Temperature: 45 ° F 
    Fishing: Fair
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • October 8th, 2013
    Windy
    Temperature: 50 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
  • CLARK FORK RIVER
  • September 30th, 2013
    Rain
    Temperature: 65 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • September 3rd, 2013
    Sunny
    Temperature: 90 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
  • MISSOURI RIVER
  • August 24th, 2013
    Sunny
    Temperature: 86 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
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