My first attempt at a fishing "short".

Friday, October 16, 2015

Great Weather and Redds

     It's that time of year again, when the out-of-towners are out of town until the ski resorts are in full swing, and the locals have a little (not a lot) more breathing room.  The brown trout are getting aggressive as they prepare for courtship.  

     This is just a friendly reminder to watch out for the redds, or "spawning beds", of our most favorite salmonid.  This video, credited to Ben Lupton, shows a brown trout "cutting" a redd.  While this one is obvious to see, some of them are not, especially in our local streams and rivers.  Be careful where you walk, and try to leave actively spawning fish alone, as they are simply trying to stock the river with more brownies.  Perhaps attach a waterproof camera to a pole and get some underwater video... I'd rather see that than a grip-n-grin after dragging an egg rig over their backs 30 times.  Most of all, get out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and feel of the beautiful weather! 

Check out the rest of Ben's videos on YouTube..... Good stuff!

Sharp Hooks,


Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekly Cribbage Tournaments at the Eagles Club, Aerie #326!

Bozeman, Montana is home to many things.... including a great Eagles Club Bar.  Open Cribbage Tournaments every Tuesday evening.  Sign up at 6:00, start at 6:30!  $8 buy-in, 100% payout, high hand bonus, and lots of laid-back, good times!  Come on down and play!
Seriously..... come on down!

We currently have between 12 and 20 players per week, all ages, guys and gals, and the beer is cheap!  Check it out online at

See you there!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Truly American Angler

The three of you that look at this blog may have read about the "dentist" at some point.  Here he is gracing the cover of the latest issue of American Angler Magazine.  Way to go Max!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Frozen Eyelets and Chilly Toes

Yesterday it was around 50 degrees in Bozeman.  Now, it's 16 degrees and snowing.  I guess winter has finally arrived.  Soon I'll be out on the river with frozen eyelets and chilly toes, but before I am, I'd like to pass along a few little tips when fly fishing in subfreezing temps.

Avoid the Freeze
Frozen eyelets are a complete drag.  Two years ago I fished below Ennis Dam in 3 degrees and could only manage about 3 casts before my eyelets were locked down tight.  We were fishing pretty small water and I found that the less line I had sliding through the eyelets, the more fishing I got to do without a freeze up.  I roll cast nymphs with no slack in my line anywhere.  I didn't bother holding a loop in my free hand, and found that fishing this way kept the line from sliding through the eyelets much, hence, less water, and less ice.  Nice little tenkara type roll casts got the job done and when a fish was on the line I could let it run without worrying about frozen gear.

Join the Pack
I got a pair of alpaca wool socks for Christmas last year.  While they are bulky, they are the warmest sock I've ever had on.  If you're feet get cold this time of year, go get some alpaca... Trust me.

Stay Dry
If you're like me you can't stand a pair of leaky waders.  Patch them up and keep dry and warm.  I have found the the easiest way to do this is to turn your waders inside out and spray them with rubbing alcohol.  (No need to fill them up with water)  If there are pin holes in your waders they should show up as a small brown speck after spraying with the alcohol.  Then, mark the spot with a small marker.  Dry the area with the hole and simply place a dab of aquaseal where the hole is... No patches necessary for very small holes.  For the big holes use a patch, or just send them to the manufacturer for repair.  I think Simms charges $15 to repair and they get ALL the holes.

Towel Off
Stuff a hand towel in your fly bag or in the front of your waders.  Keeping your hands dry is imperative to keeping them warm.  Wipe your hands off every time they get wet, which hopefully, will be a lot from holding fish for the camera.

Hopefully this helps.  If you've got any cold weather tips pass them along this way!

Sharp Hooks!

Sky Jones