Blog

Plan C
September 15, 2014
Calvin Fuller
Saturday was my wife's (28+6) birthday.  We threw a party for her eating fresh oysters, king salmon, and elk backstrap.  Gathered around the fire we began hearing a bull bugle in the field right accross the street from my house.  Instantly we all grabbed our bugles and begain bugling back.  The bull was extremely fired up, so after a quick text to my boss, Patty, I had the following day off.  That night plans were made for a 3:30 am departure to the high country in hope... Read more
 
Fish Low Fish Low Fish Low
September 15, 2014
Sam Wike
We fished low, and its game on down low.  We put in about 3pm today and had fish eating dries well the whole time until dark.  We tried to swing but there are still too many weeds down on the lower for streamer fishing unless you have extreme patience and want to address your fly every cast.  Although the surface of the water is literally littered with Pseudos, there are also plenty of BWO’s, Caddis, and even some PMD’s left down low.  We fished Caddis up... Read more
 
Early September from the Mo
September 13, 2014
Sam Wike
Cornfed, Christie, and I loaded the jet boat today to hunt for Yeti’s.  Coffee.  Breakfast sandwich at Ulm gas station.  Cloudy and cool.  We got to the ramp early and swung two fish right away but both were smaller rainbows.  No big browns yet.  However I can feel it coming sometimes soon.  The lake must have turned and the water is off color.  Nymph fishing is still good and we caught fish on a purple crust nymph.  We also swung a few fish on... Read more
 
Fly Fishing Movies
September 10, 2014
Calvin Fuller
When it comes to fly fishing films, it seems that themes have been exhausted leaving fallowed ideas buried.  Really, how many films can you watch about dry flies on the Missouri?  If you are reading this, you most likely enjoy being in the outdoors and you probably enjoy fly fishing. Most anglers, at some point in their life, will begin to feel a sense of responsibility to protect what is important to them. Whether it's catch and release fishing, joining a conservation... Read more
 
Camping out on the Mo
September 9, 2014
Sam Wike
Mid Canon was full when we got there Saturday so my wife, son, and I cruised up river to the dam. Cornfed and his wife Tristen, as well as Paul and Alyse were meeting us up here but because I assumed we were camping at Mid, and because there is no cell service at Mid I had to go round our friends up off the lower river. If you camp at the dam, don't drive on their grass... Holy. Cows. Not too many fish rising right now...it's spotty. However, there is a smattering of Caddis, BWO's... Read more
 
Fishing Salmon Creek
September 7, 2014
Omak Fly Shop
Got a chance to fish Salmon Creek twice this past Labor Day weekend. What a great place to take youngsters to learn to fly fish! Yes, the fish are small. Yes, the creek is a bit brushy. Yes, the occasional rattlesnake will buzz. But, oh is Salmon a fun creek to fish! Friday, August 29th the old guys fished private waters and probably walked a hundred yard section in a couple hours. Why only 100 yards? Well, when you're hooking a scrappy Rainbow every other drift, you tend to slow down and... Read more
 
Labor Day - Red Bag Sale
September 1, 2014
Denver Rathbun
Stop by the shop today for 15% off anything you can fit in the Big R Red Bag!  The sale applies to the whole store, so it's a great time to pick up supplies accross the board. We've gone through the pleasure of checking almost every item in the fly shop...nearly 100% of which fit in the bag, just saying. Stop by, then go fishing! Read more
 
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
 
Fishing Reports
  • CLARK FORK RIVER
  • September 15th, 2014
    Sunny
    Temperature: 70 ° F 
    Fishing: Excellent
  • 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
Water Flows