My first attempt at a fishing "short".

Thursday, May 26, 2016

International Fly Fishing Fair - Put it on the calendar!

August 4-6, 2016 marks the International Fly Fishing Fair hosted by Park County's own International Federation of Fly Fishers at Park High School in Livingston, Montana.

Put it on your calendars.

The event will include a live auction, BBQ, tying and casting demonstrations, seminars, and much more, including an action packed exhibit hall all three days!  There is a photo contest for all you pic-junkies, stuff for the kids, and much more.  $10 for an adult, $15 for a family, kids 15 and under free.  A limited number of free passes will be available at the Livingston Chamber Office starting on July 1, 2016 for all you looking for a deal.

More information can be found HERE.

Get out there and enjoy in between chasing the hoppers on the Yellowstone...

Sharp Hooks,


Friday, May 13, 2016

Analyzing Trout Rise Forms - A great post over at the Limp Cobra

This morning over a cup of coffee I perused the usual fly fishing blogs... Orvis, ChiWulff, Yellowstoner, and Limp Cobra.  The Cobra came through with my favorite of the day, linking me to "a real gem from Alan Bulmer at Active Angling New Zealand for your trout hunting pleasure."  It goes into different rise forms (Bulging, Tailing, Sipping) and what the fish is likely to be feeding on.

Here's a link to the full article:

It's complete with pictures (mmmmm.... pretttyyy), a great little chart, and some good knowledge to shove into your brain bucket.  Enjoy.

Sharp Hooks,


Friday, April 22, 2016

The Passing of Prince

When Eric Clapton was asked what it was like being the greatest guitar player in the world, he replied: "I don't know, you'll have to ask Prince."

Below are two of my favorite flies here in Montana.  The Prince Nymph (anywhere, anytime) and the Purple Haze (especially on Slough Creek after the cutties have seen every foam pattern imaginable all Summer long).  While the Purple Haze reflects a song made famous by Jimi Hendrix, I can't help but sing "I only want to see you standing in the Purple Haze.  Purple Haze, Purple Haze." along the lines of one of Prince's most famous hits, "Purple Rain".  He was set to play that song with several others during the halftime show of the 2007 Superbowl during a downpour.  When asked if he could play in the rain by the staff, he said "Yes.  Can't you make it rain harder?"  Like the performer, these flies are up to the challenge and they are a must in any fly fisher's box here in Montana.

While I'm more of a fan of two types of music, country AND western, I can certainly appreciate the guitar mastery displayed by Prince.  We're sorry to see him go.  "Count it".

Tying Videos are by Tightline Video Productions.  They are one of my favorite crews along with Davie McPhail when it comes to learning, honing, and practicing tying skills.  Find more of their videos online at

Sharp Hooks,


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tedx Bozeman - April 9, 2016

The Ted Talk is getting polished up for THIS SATURDAY, April 9th.  The title of my talk is:

Fishing for Calm  -  The Serenity of Fly Fishing and its Use in Treating Post Traumatic Stress in Our Combat Veterans.

If you'd like to view the talk on the live stream, check out the link HERE.

I go onstage at 4:36 pm Montana Time (give or take).

If you can't catch the live stream, I'll be posting a link to the YouTube version as soon as it's available!

I would like to thank:

All of my friends and family for helping me to make this opportunity possible, especially Tara Jean Ray, who is quite the coach, and patient enough to listen to me over, and over, and over...;

The fine folks running this first-class Tedx event... Your hard work is not unnoticed;

The Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation - For all that you do  (more on that later on);

And a special thanks to Saul Martinez at the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation.  I have never served in the military, and his help and guidance in communicating this message properly was essential.

Thank you all!

Sharp Hooks,

Sky Jones