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Breaking Fly Rods
August 25, 2014
Denver Rathbun
Here in the shop we receive hundreds of broken fly rods a year to be sent in for repairs.  We’ve seen just about every type of break imaginable, most of which are caused by nothing more than one’s disposition for bad luck or a momentary slip in awareness relative to where a potential danger exists and where we’re pointing our rod tips.  However, there are also many cases where an angler’s rod seem’s to break without warning and during normal... Read more
 
Shifting Gears
August 21, 2014
Denver Rathbun
a-nad-ro-mous   (of a fish, such as the salmon) migrating up rivers from the sea to spawn. (Google 2014)     Photos of steelhead from the Clearwater River in Idaho have already begun appearing on our Facebook feeds, text messages, and social media platforms.  A steady stream of communication has begun amongst friends showing new and improved fly developments for the Fall as well as careful coordination of dates for upcoming trips West.  The approaching... Read more
 
Dog Days of August on the Mo
August 20, 2014
Sam Wike
Although this is the time of the year that the fishing calms down for a few weeks before active fall fishing activity… it is still pretty good on the Missouri. Quite a few people were reporting good fishing with hoppers. We saw a few fish rise yesterday and the one good cast we got the fish ate one of the Guard's Fat Bubbas. The rest of our fish came on nymphs and it was very consistent. We got fish to eat two nymphs well; a red headed step child, and that caddis fly I was... Read more
 
August, Weeds, Caddis, Mo
August 14, 2014
Sam Wike
Last week one of my ex-local friends and I got to spend the evening cell phoneless and stress free on the Missouri. He has moved to Denver to become an understander of laws, something we spent zero time talking about in the boat, no bananas and no lawyer talk. He has been out a few times near Denver trying to dig up the local beta but has been struggling to find Montana fly fishing in Colorado so far… surprised? Although Denver is a great city he reminded me plenty, after... Read more
 
CARP-A-PALOOZA
August 6, 2014
Denver Rathbun
CARP-A-PALOOZA 2014 Stop by the shop for last-minute sign-ups, flies, and information regarding this years CARP-A-PALOOZA.  Grand Prize includes a set of custom engraved knives provided by MRF and a handful of other goodies for biggest fish, smallest fish and whatever other happenings are deemed worthy of prizes.  All teams must have their forms turned in by mid-afternoon Friday!  Hope to see a healthy number of teams on the water Saturday.     Read more
 
SUP Demo Day
July 3, 2014
Big R Fly Shop
Join us in Sandpoint, ID for a Stand Up Paddle Board Demo day from 10am-2pm Saturday July 12 at Sand Creek.  We will be setting up right next to the Sand Creek Bridge in Sand Creek Park just before you get to City Beach.  Trevor Gregson for Boardworks will be there to help, instruct, and demo many of the Boardworks Boards.  There is no cost and we are offering an additional $100 off any paddleboard that is purchased during the event.  It is always a good time.... Read more
 
Salmon Season Countdown!
June 30, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
Everyone here in the shop today is really excited for tommorow. July 1st marks the season opener for salmon in the Upper Columbia and the Okanogan River. Whether your swinging flies or using a downrigger, we have everything you need for getting into the Kings. Make sure to stop by the shop for the latest. Hope to see you out there! Read more
 
Almost Anything, Big R's Got It
June 25, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
In past posts some of our blog posts included  the phrase fishing the farm store,  although some of our veteran readers might be familiar with this idea, I was not. As new manager of the shop I took the initiative to fish the farm store, and honestly it was pretty fun looking at different products and thinking how I could apply that to fly fishing. It was a great experience and if your feeling up to the task I encourage everyone to try it! My fly fishing takes me a lot of... Read more
 
Fathers’ Day Fishing Report and the Echo Gecko
June 19, 2014
Omak Fly Shop
Nothing is better on Fathers’ Day than being with your children catching fish and seeing your son take the shine off of his first fly rod. We had made plans to hit Green Lake this Fathers’ Day on a tip from our Fly Shop Manager Paul. Paul’s advice to me was “Luke you need to hurry and get your boy’s to Green Lake the Bluegill fishing is outstanding.” So this Sunday we topped off the tubes in the raft stopped by the Big R Fly Shop for some killer bugs and... Read more
 
Methow River Update
June 10, 2014
Paul Angiolillo
Peak run off on the Methow River is over, and water clarity is clear with about 5 feet of visibility! However the hotter days of the week bring little spikes of higher flows. With the banks still moving a little too fast, trout are holding in the back eddys, riffles, and slow runs. To be successful, take the time to nymph these areas because lots of fish are holding in the slower water. With Yellow Sallies beginning to hatch any small stone fly nymph in yellow or gold color has been... Read more
 
Fishing Reports
  • KOOTENAI RIVER
  • August 4th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 79 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • COLUMBIA RIVER - UPPER
  • July 8th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 95 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • CLARK FORK RIVER
  • July 3rd, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 84 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
  • NORTH TWIN LAKE
  • June 30th, 2014
    Mostly sunny
    Temperature: 78 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • METHOW RIVER
  • June 25th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 75 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • CLARK FORK RIVER
  • June 24th, 2014
    Scattered showers
    Temperature: 64 ° F 
    Fishing: Poor
  • COEUR D'ALENE RIVER - N. FORK
  • June 24th, 2014
    Scattered showers
    Temperature: 62 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
  • KETTLE RIVER
  • June 23rd, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 77 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • CHOPAKA LAKE
  • June 23rd, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 80 ° F 
    Fishing: Great
  • OKANOGAN RIVER
  • June 21st, 2014
    Mostly sunny
    Temperature: 78 ° F 
    Fishing: Good
Water Flows