My first attempt at a fishing "short".

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Have I really been gone this long?  Did I really miss all of June, July, and almost all of August?  Goodness.  Where has the time gone?  I know...  I've been busy as a bee behind my desk at Jones Law, P.C., and when I wasn't there, I was fishing...hard.  The Yellowstone is rockin' and rollin' and hopper season is in full swing.  Kyle Nelson and I floated it this last Sunday and had some luck.  Small brown foam hoppers about half submerged was the trick...and as always, we were pounding the banks.  That is the best way to fish that river, fyi.  If I'm nymphing I try to fish the banks in about 8 to 10 feet of water, near the bottom.  I like to position the boat about 30 to 40 feet from the bank and let my strike indicator reside just where I can no longer see the bottom.  Kyle and I didn't have much luck with nymphs though, which was strange.

Now that I remember how easy it is to post on this blog, I'll do a better job.  Right now we're reloading our office software and installing a new server, so things are at a standstill here work-wise.  The next post will be easy nymph rig're going to love it.  I hope you have all been fishing and catching and enjoying the last remnants of a great season.  Fall is coming soon, which means for great fishing!  Fish On!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A bug for Rana...

Happyyyy Birrrrrrthdaaaaaayyy Tooooooooo......Yoooooouuuuuu!!!!!!!!!  I've never named this San Juan worm variation that I came up with earlier this year.  I've decided to call it the Bropie Bug in honor of the most wonderful sister in the world's birthday.  She's my best friend in the entire world and I miss her lots!  Love you Rana!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pheasant Tail on my doorstep...

To the person who left an entire pheasant tail on my doorstep yesterday evening I'd like to say thank you.  If I could narrow down the possibilities of who it might be I'd call them individually, but I can't.  I'll be tying quite a few bead head and flashback pheasant tail nymphs in the coming weeks (since the runoff is probably going to last until August..Grrr) so please come by and pick up your share one of these days.  And everyone, please look for the next post on double nymph rig storage coming this weekend!  Happy Memorial Day! Now GO CATCH FISH!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Loop Knots for Nymphing #2: Perfection

This is how I tie on a nymph using a Perfection Loop versus a Non-Slip End Loop.  It's easier, faster, and just as strong.  As an added bonus, the end result produces a smaller knot and it's easier to control the size of your loop.  I've even used it for streamers when I'm changing flies often to find the one the fish like.  I use this loop for a dropper from a nymph as well as for something like an emerger tied behind a dry fly.  Let me know what you think!

Loop Knots for Nymphing #1

Loop Knots for Nymphing

A good friend Kyle Nelson said "If you want to catch a big fish, huck streamers.  If you want to catch a LOT of fish, nymph."  I never really nymph fished much until I moved to Bozeman some time ago.  Since then, I've found Kyle's words to be true.  This short video talks about the advantages of loop knots for a trailing nymph vs. a clinch knot.  A video on tying a perfection loop with a nymph is soon to follow!  Fish On!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First Cast...

My name is Sky Jones and I love to fish.  From my beginnings watching a bobber on the stock tanks of our ranch in west Texas, to chasing rainbow trout in New Zealand, there is nothing I enjoy more than being on the water with a rod and reel in my hand.  I now reside in paradise (Bozeman, MT), right smack-dab in the middle of some of the best fishing in the world.  The Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers are in my backyard and that's just the way I like it.  This is where I belong.

I started fly fishing in San Juan County, New Mexico as a kid, taught by my step-dad, Cutter.  These early lessons developed my love for fishing in general, but more specifically, catching fish on the fly.  Years later, that love was one of the main reasons why I chose the University of Montana for law school and Bozeman, Montana as the place where I choose to make a life.

Last year I began tying flies, studying the native aquatic organisms in this area, and learning new fishing techniques.  In essence, I decided to get serious about fly fishing...but not TOO serious of course.  For instance, I had rarely nymph fished, and I had no idea what a caddis larva looked like, so, I decided to learn.  My "Hatch Guide For Western Streams" is now well worn and I try to learn something new each and every time I get on the river.

I was joined last summer on many of my fishing trips on the banks of the Gallatin River by my good friend Ada Montague.  It was there that I pitched to her the idea of "a fish a day".  She agreed that I should pursue it and even bought me a small journal to start making entries.  So, here's the general idea:

I want to catch a fish for every day of the year.  No, not consecutively.  I have a job which I rather enjoy and would hope not to lose it.  I just want to mark off every day on the calendar.  All 366.  366?  Yes, that includes leap day, and you can bet I'll be fishing next February 29th.  So, say I catch a fish on May 18th, I make a journal entry for that day and mark it off on the calendar.  Right now I'm guessing that it's going to take me 7 years, that is, unless I win the lottery and can fish every single day, which is exactly what I would do.  I began making journal entries and marking off days last July and at this point I'm at 46 days.  I look at that and think that I'm well on my way, but at closer examination, it's only 12.5%.  And those are mostly from the easiest times of the year to catch fish around here.  When winter gets his grip on this place it can be a little tough.  However, I don't constrain myself to only catching fish on the fly.  Perhaps someday I'll get all 366 on the fly, but this year I landed a 4 lb. largemouth bass in Texas on December 23rd, and I will count it.  However, there are a few ground rules that I have imposed on this mission.

1.  The fish has to be brought to hand.  If I hook a fish and fight it right up to my feet and I don't touch it with my hand before it gets free, no fish.
2.  I have to document the catch within 3 days of catching it.  This is to ensure accuracy and the integrity of what I'm trying to do.  I don't want to try and remember what day it was when I caught one two weeks ago and risk getting it wrong.
3.  I document the species, size, method, location, and any other pertinent information such as who I was with, what the water and weather were like, etc.

So, I'll try to figure out a way to get a calendar on this thing and post my entries by date.  But the blog itself won't just consist of the pursuit of 366.  I've learned a thing or two the hard way, from fishing companions, sheer luck, and my imagination, so I'll be passing along a few of the tips and tricks that I've picked up that have helped me become a more efficient (e-fish-ent), productive, and successful angler.  Feel free to chip in where you like.  Enjoy.