2018 Demo Gear Clearance Sale

2018 Demo Gear Clearance Sale

Hi everyone.  Our season is winding down here in the mountains.  Guide trips are dwindling to late fall levels, our Spey Days Event has come and gone, and our final Euro Nymph clinic of 2018 is in the books.  Our 2018 demo gear has trickled back into the shop and we have it up on the website now.  Check out the final list of demo gear we have for sale, and act fast because we expect this stuff to move quickly.  See below for a list of Demo Gear currently on sale.  All gear has seen light and limited use and is being cleared out to make room for new demo gear next season.

All inquiries must be made via email to Justin Spence – jspence@bigskyanglers.com

Thanks.

Demo Rods

  • Sage ESN 3106-4 10’6” 3wt Euro Nymph rod, MSRP $900 / SALE PRICE $540
  • Sage X 590-4 9’ 5 wt., MSRP $899 / SALE PRICE $539
  • Sage X 690-4 9’ 6 wt., MSRP $899 / SALE PRICE $539
  • Sage X 697-4 9’6” 6wt with Fighting Butt, MSRP $899 / SALE PRICE $539
  • Sage X 5101-4 10’ 5wt with Fighting Butt, MSRP $899 / SALE PRICE $539
  • Sage X 7100-4 10’ 7wt with Fighting Butt, MSRP $899 / SALE PRICE $539
  • Sage X 6110-4 11’ 6 wt.,  MSRP $1,099/ SALE PRICE $660
  • Winston AIR 9’ 5wt, MSRP $950 / SALE PRICE $570
  • Winston AIR 9’ 6wt, MSRP $950 / SALE PRICE $570
  • Winston Boron III LS 9’ 5wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Winston Boron III Plus Freshwater 9’ 6wt, MSRP $875 / SALE PRICE $525
  • Winston Boron III TH 11’ 6wt, MSRP $950 / SALE PRICE $570
  • Thomas & Thomas Aeros 905-4 9’ 5wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Scott Radian 905-4 9’ 5wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Scott Radian 906-4 9’ 6wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Scott Radian 956-4 9’6” 6wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Scott Radian 957-4 9’6” 7wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Scott Radian 1007-4 10’ 7wt, MSRP $795 / SALE PRICE $477
  • Echo Glass 1084 10’8” 4wt Trout Spey, MSRP $300 / SALE PRICE $180
  • Echo Glass 1297 12’9” 7wt Spey, MSRP $300 / SALE PRICE $180
  • Echo 3 1276 12’7” 6 wt. Spey Rod,  MSRP $559.00 / SALE PRICE $336.00
  • Echo TR2 4113 11’3” 4wt Trout Spey, MSRP $379 / $227
  • Redington Dually (2018 model) 4109-4 10’9” 4wt Trout Spey, MSRP $250 / SALE PRICE $163
  • Redington Dually (2018 model) 7130-4 13 7wt Spey, MSRP $250 / SALE PRICE $163
  • Cortland Competition Nymph 10’6” 3wt, MSRP $250 / SALE PRICE $163

Demo Reels, include basic dacron backing

  • Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 4 Plus MA, Clear/Red, MSRP $500 /  SALE PRICE $300
  • Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 5 Plus MA, Clear/Green, MSRP $550.00/ SALE PRICE $330.00
  • Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 5 Plus MA Clear/Black MSRP $550.00/ SALE PRICE $330.00
  • Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 5 Plus LA, Clear/Green, MSRP $550.00/ SALE PRICE $330.00
  • Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 5 Plus MA, Black/Silver, MSRP $550.00/ SALE PRICE $330.00
  • Hatch Gen 2 Finatic 7 Plus LA, Clear/Blue, MSRP $650.00/ SALE PRICE $390.00
  • Sage Spectrum LT 5/6, Black Spruce/Silver, MSRP $249.00 / SALE PRICE $150.00
  • Orvis Battenkill Disc Reel Size I MSRP $149 / SALE PRICE $90
  • Ross Colorado LT 0-3 Reel, Matte Black, MSRP $285 /  SALE PRICE $171
  • Ross Colorado LT 3-4 Reel, Matte Black, MSRP $290 /  SALE PRICE $174
  • Ross Evolution R 4/5 Reel, Matte Black, MSRP $465 /  SALE PRICE $279
  • Ross Evolution R 4/5 Reel, Platinum, MSRP $465 /  SALE PRICE $279
  • Ross Evolution R 5/6 Reel, Matte Black, MSRP $475 /  SALE PRICE $285

Clearance Reels – All brand new, discontinued models

  • Ross Animas 4/5, Stealth Black with Bronze,  MSRP $260 / SALE PRICE $156
  • Ross Animas 4/5, Granite with Bronze,  MSRP $260 / SALE PRICE $156
  • Ross Animas 5/6, Granite Black with Bronze,  MSRP $275 / SALE PRICE $165
  • Abel Super 3N Large Arbor Spool, Gloss Black, MSRP $200 / SALE PRICE $120
West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days – September 21 & 22, 2018

West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days – September 21 & 22, 2018

Welcome to the information page of the

Second Annual

West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days!

Mark your Calendars:  September 21-22, 2018.  We are thrilled to be partnering again with the Custer Gallatin National Forest and hosting our second annual Trout Spey Days event right here in West Yellowstone.  Check back in the coming months for details on event schedule, presenters, and party times!

Are you already into Spey casting and fishing for trout?  Maybe you have heard of it, but have never picked up a Spey rod, and are interested in getting involved in this super fun way to fish for trout?  This event is open to everyone, regardless of skill/experience level, age, fly shop or industry affiliation, etc.  We had a great turnout last year and have expanded the format this year to add even more opportunities for you to hang out and talk Spey with experienced pros and spend time on the water perfecting your technique.

We had a blast in 2017!

2018 Event Calendar

Friday, September 21, 5pm – 9pm – At the Shop

Big Sky Anglers Fly Shop,  39 Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone
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Meet a host of experienced Spey casters,Trout Spey anglers, and instructors, and get dialed in to enjoy a whole new approach to trout fishing.  Everyone is welcome! Whether you are just beginning your journey with 2-handed rods and Spey casting, or you are a veteran with the long rod, please stop in and say hi, hang out, and talk rods, lines, casting technique, rigging, presentation, and flies used in Trout Spey and beyond.
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Saturday, September 22, 10am – 5pm On the Water & 6pm – 9pm At the Shop

On Water Instruction and Demonstrations from 10am – 5pm

Madison River Bridge at Hwy 191, 3.7 miles north of the shop.  Attendees are encouraged to bring waders, snacks, water, and camp chairs, as well as their own Trout Spey gear.  No gear?  No worries, the reps will have all the goodies from the world of Trout Spey for you to try out.

Feedback from last year’s event suggested that folks had a blast and learned a lot but they also wanted more time and space on the water where they could try out gear, practice, and receive instruction outside of the formal presentations.  We listened, and this year there will be 3 main areas of the Saturday Outdoor Event.

  • Area 1 will be vendor tents. All the tents and gear from vendors will  be set up in the parking lot adjacent to the river for the duration of the event.  Attendees can meet reps, talk gear, and borrow kits for a test cast.
  • Area 2 will be an area of river set aside for folks to demo gear from vendors, get casting lessons from experienced staff and attendees, and generally free form it.
  • Area 3 is the “main stage” – a presentation area on the water. This will be the gravel bar area where the main event was held in 2017.  We will be set up for a series of formal presentations, Q&A, and lots of hands on time with Trout Spey gear.

From 10am – 11am things will build momentum, with folks arriving, meet and greets with BSA staff and reps, welcome messages, and time to hang out and drink coffee.

Following that, there will be a series of presentations on the “Main stage”.  We’ve left lots of time for interaction with the presenters and any potential overrun, questions, and extra hands on casting and chaos from each presentation.

Presentations

  • Matt Klara (Big Sky Anglers, Thomas & Thomas, Echo, and Airflo) – Introduction to Spey and Trout Spey Fundamentals.
  • Kurt Kruger (Far Bank – Sage, RIO, and Redington) – Rod and Line Setups for Different Trout Spey Applications
  • Alice Owsley (Riverside Anglers, Winston, and Scientific Anglers) – Presentation and Fishing Tactics for Trout Spey
  • Jake Zirkle (G. Loomis) – Spey Casting In Tight Quarters and Around Obstructions
  • Open mic?

Scroll down for Presenter Bios and learn more about these interesting folks!

Party at the flyshop from 6pm – 9pm 
Following conclusion of the On Water portion of the event, there will be an hour break and then we will kick off the party back at the flyshop from 6pm – 9pm.  BBQ, beverages, gear giveaways, swag, and more.

Click the Map for Directions

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Vendors

We are excited to have a great group of industry reps and presenters on hand this year from these great vendors.  There is no better place to try out Spey kits before you buy, or to dial in your existing Spey rod with a new line.

RODS from:

LINES from:

REELS from:

WADERS & APPAREL from:


Presenter Bios

Matt Klara – Big Sky Anglers and Prince Outdoors (T&T, Echo, Airflo) – Matt’s journey into Spey casting and fishing began with trout back in 2000, thrashing around with a borrowed 14 ft 9wt rod and an old Rio Windcutter line on the Madison River just outside of West Yellowstone.  His technique and understanding of two-handed casting and fishing have come a long way since then, to say the least, and so has the equipment available for trout Spey.  At one point he left Montana for Oregon, where for 7 years, nearly all of his fishing was done with two-handed rods.  Matt moved back “home” to Montana in 2015 but still enjoys swinging the two-hander.  He has also become keenly interested in incorporating Spey principles into everyday trout angling situations with single-hand flyrods, dry flies, nymphs, wets, and streamers. Currently residing in Helena with his wife and young son, Matt’s the guy that folks at Big Sky Anglers look to for help with their Spey casting, gear selection, and more.  Whether its Spey for trout, steelhead, or salmon on the two-hander or single-hander, he is happy to teach and share what he’s learned on his own journey.

Kurt Kruger – Far Bank (Sage, RIO, Redington) Rep – Kurt’s Spey angling foundations lie on the legendary winter steelhead rivers of Washington State, and the wilderness salmon flows of Alaska.  His life changed forever when he moved to Montana and discovered Trout Spey.  His enthusiasm for the pursuit is unmatched, and swinging light two-handed rods for fish that are holding and feeding rather than migrating is now a central focus of his angling.   As the regional sales rep for Sage, RIO, and Redington, Kurt’s rig is always filled with the newest and best goodies in the Trout Spey world.  From his home base in Bozeman, he continues to carry out his mission of making the world a better place for anglers.  We are excited to have him presenting at this year’s event.

Alice Owsley – Riverside Anglers Inc., R.L.Winston Rod Co., Scientific Anglers, Simms – Alice’s first casts with a Spey rod were on the Madison River back in 2001 one night hanging out with fellow fishing guides. Her more serious casts with a two handed rod weren’t until the fall of 2009 while preparing for her first steelhead trip on the west coast. Her boyfriend at the time (now husband) started teaching her how to cast a two handed 7 weight rod that fall but always had a soft hackle fly tied on to fish. Fishing for trout with a two handed rod was always secondary to practicing for steelheading for the first few Autumns, but now Alice targets trout with a Spey rod throughout the fishing season around West Yellowstone.  When not fishing for herself, Alice is an outfitter and guide on the Madison River and in Yellowstone National Park. She owns and operates Riverside Anglers in West Yellowstone.   https://riversideanglers.com/

Jake Zirkle – G. Loomis Fly Rep – Jacob Zirkle was born in Washington, and at the age of 6 his family moved to Alaska where his love for the great outdoors started. At the age of 7 his grandfather gave him the best present ever, an Orvis Clearwater 7wt fly rod. He would rent 3m videos at the local library so he could teach himself the art of fly casting. He spent all his free time casting on local lakes and a neighborhood creek catching trout, steelhead, salmon, and dollies. Traveling to see family and competing in Soccer tournaments he was able to explore many fisheries in WA, OR, ID, and MT.

In 2000 he started his guiding career working in Cooper Landing, where he learned that the fishing industry is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Within two years he started Alaska Fly Water Guides and spent the first year flying out to remote rivers and doing 5-7 day float trips. He found his way back to his home water, the Kenai where he worked till 2015.

Throughout his career guiding he always looked for the next thing to bring his customers and push them to become better anglers. Spey casting was one of the crafts he took on, in 2006 he began the journey with a class from friend and Sage Rep George Cook. Over his time with two handed rods, Jacob focused most of his attention casting to monster trout with short speys.

In 2016 he took a job as the NW GLoomis Fly Rep and spends his time traveling his territory showing off new sticks to others who love fly fishing with 2 handed rods. Jake’s favorite GLoomis two handed rod is the new IMX Pro Short Spey Series, paired with today’s short head systems make chasing trout in the West a blast.


The on water portion of this event is being hosted on the public lands of Custer Gallatin National Forest.  Thanks to them, of course, for supporting this event!

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Back By Popular Demand:  Euro Nymphing Masterclass with Robert Van Rensburg – October 6th, 2018

Back By Popular Demand: Euro Nymphing Masterclass with Robert Van Rensburg – October 6th, 2018

Back by popular demand, Big Sky Anglers’ Euro Nymphing Masterclass with Robert Van Rensburg.  The first class was held on August 25th, and there has been enough additional interest that we are going to run another class this October.


I took Big Sky Angler’s first Euro Nymphing Masterclass with Robert Van Rensburg and was pleasantly surprised by the knowledge I gained that day.  Although I have been experimenting with the process, I had been struggling to improve over the past year.After a day with Robert I was able to have a better grasp on the important “tuck cast” and how to implement your left hand during the drift.All this took place, one on one, while standing in the Madison River. As I looked around that day almost everyone in the class was catching fish.There are a lot of great fishermen in the Yellowstone area but not a lot of good teachers. Robert seems to have achieved both.   

– Bill Ruppel, Island Park, Idaho


If you’ve been by the fly shop this summer you may have met Robert Van Rensburg.  Quiet and humble, Robert’s demeanor betrays his level of experience and knowledge when it comes to fly fishing in general, and Euro Nymphing in particular.  A native South African, Robert has traveled the world, fished in 17 countries, and guided in 4 countries, including in Chile with BSA co-owner Jonathan Heames.  He has also traveled as an instructor of both fly casting and fly tying.  Robert’s deep knowledge of Euro Nymphing stems in part from his background in competition angling.  He has represented South Africa at 13 World and Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, 11 times as the national team captain.  Robert held the seat of President of the National body of fly fishing in South Africa for 6 years, and has since been named as an Honorary life President.  Despite his background, experience, and accolades, Robert remains humble and true to the roots of fly fishing.  He loves being on the water, challenging himself to learn new things, and appreciates the beauty of an 8-inch cutthroat as much as the heft of an 8-pound brown. We are lucky to have him on the BSA staff and are thrilled to be able to share his knowledge through courses A valid Montana fishing license required.  It is recommended that you bring your own waders.  Feel free to also bring any tackle that you own that is specific to Euro Nymphing.like this one.

Please read on for more info, and don’t hesitate to call the shop for more info or to get signed up for the class.


Course Information  

Saturday, October 6th – 8am to 5pm  

8am-Noon Off the water instruction at Big Sky Anglers fly shop, 39 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT

Noon to 1 pm – Lunch is provided

1-5 pm – On the water instruction

Cost – $150 per person, lunch is included

A valid Montana fishing license required.  It is recommended that you bring your own waders.  Feel free to also bring any tackle that you own that is specific to Euro Nymphing.

Euro-Nymphing specific rods/reels/lines will be provided.

Special thanks to Kurt Kruger of Farbank for providing a selection of awesome demo SAGE ESN Rod setups for these classes!

Class size is limited to 10 students.  Spots are expected to fill up fast.

Course Curriculum

The following topics will be covered in detail over the course of the day.

  1. Defined: The difference between Euro/Tight-line Nymphing and Indicator Nymphing.
  2. Essential gear for Euro Nymphing. Rods. Reels. Lines.
  3. Setting up tackle.  Balancing reel to rod.  Joining fly line to backing and leader.
  4. Leader formulas and lengths. When to use various leaders and leader formulas. Knots.
  5. Flies.  Importance of profile,  movement and trigger points. Size of fly, size of weighted beads.  Effects of colored beads on flies. Understanding UV and florescence in tying materials.  Understanding hook design and using the correct hooks for varying patterns and bead weights. Tying materials that give the best results . Weighting flies.
  6. Setting up tippets with multiple flies. Where to place and fish weighted flies on the leader.
  7. Tippet materials.  Diameter,  brand, fluorocarbon and nylon.
  8. Reading a river. Understanding water hydraulics.  Water temperature.  Fish species.  Time of year.
  9. Tuck cast. Tuck and reach.  Oval cast. Roll cast. Casting distance. Double haul . Use and importance of non-casting hand.  Casting for shallow and deep water.
  10. Presentation and Drifts.  Drag free drifts. Fishing 360′ degrees.  Line management.  Inducing takes.
  11. Fishing in the wind.
  12. Detecting takes and striking fish.
  13. Playing and landing fish. Landing nets.
  14. Practical session on the river with demonstrations plus one-on-one instruction.

 

Euro Nymphing Master Class with Robert Van Rensburg – August 25, 2018

Euro Nymphing Master Class with Robert Van Rensburg – August 25, 2018

If you’ve been by the fly shop this summer you may have met Robert Van Rensburg.  Quiet and humble, Robert’s demeanor betrays his level of experience and knowledge when it comes to fly fishing in general, and Euro Nymphing in particular.  A native South African, Robert has traveled the world, fished in 17 countries, and guided in 4 countries, including in Chile with BSA co-owner Jonathan Heames.  He has also traveled as an instructor of both fly casting and fly tying.  Robert’s deep knowledge of Euro Nymphing stems in part from his background in competition angling.  He has represented South Africa at 13 World and Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, 11 times as the national team captain.  Robert held the seat of President of the National body of fly fishing in South Africa for 6 years, and has since been named as an Honorary life President.  Despite his background, experience, and accolades, Robert remains humble and true to the roots of fly fishing.  He loves being on the water, challenging himself to learn new things, and appreciates the beauty of an 8-inch cutthroat as much as the heft of an 8-pound brown. We are lucky to have him on the BSA staff and are thrilled to be able to share his knowledge through courses like this one.

Please read on for more info, and don’t hesitate to call the shop for more info or to get signed up for the class.


Course Information  

August 25th – 8am to 5pm  

8am-Noon Off the water instruction at Big Sky Anglers fly shop, 39 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT

Noon to 1 pm – Lunch is provided

1-5 pm – On the water instruction

Cost – $150 per person, lunch is included

Euro-Nymphing specific rods/reels/lines will be provided.  A valid Montana fishing license required.  It is recommended that you bring your own waders.  Feel free to also bring any tackle that you own that is specific to Euro Nymphing.

Class size is limited to 10 students.  Spots are filling up fast.

Course Curriculum

The following topics will be covered in detail over the course of the day.

  1. Defined: The difference between Euro/Tight-line Nymphing and Indicator Nymphing.
  2. Essential gear for Euro Nymphing. Rods. Reels. Lines.
  3. Setting up tackle.  Balancing reel to rod.  Joining fly line to backing and leader.
  4. Leader formulas and lengths. When to use various leaders and leader formulas. Knots.
  5. Flies.  Importance of profile,  movement and trigger points. Size of fly, size of weighted beads.  Effects of colored beads on flies. Understanding UV and florescence in tying materials.  Understanding hook design and using the correct hooks for varying patterns and bead weights. Tying materials that give the best results . Weighting flies.
  6. Setting up tippets with multiple flies. Where to place and fish weighted flies on the leader.
  7. Tippet materials.  Diameter,  brand, fluorocarbon and nylon.
  8. Reading a river. Understanding water hydraulics.  Water temperature.  Fish species.  Time of year.
  9. Tuck cast. Tuck and reach.  Oval cast. Roll cast. Casting distance. Double haul . Use and importance of non-casting hand.  Casting for shallow and deep water.
  10. Presentation and Drifts.  Drag free drifts. Fishing 360′ degrees.  Line management.  Inducing takes.
  11. Fishing in the wind.
  12. Detecting takes and striking fish.
  13. Playing and landing fish. Landing nets.
  14. Practical session on the river with demonstrations plus one-on-one instruction.

Australian Fly-Fishing with Mickey From Aussie Fly-Fisher

Australian Fly-Fishing with Mickey From Aussie Fly-Fisher

8pm, Wednesday, July 18.

Join us in our new basement Travel Lounge at the fly shop for an evening of fun with Aussie legend Mickey Shanahan.

When he isn’t here at BSA in the summer MCing our Grand Opening events, Mickey guides for the Aussie Fly-Fisher down under.  He will be talking with an accent and presenting photos and video of:

  • Trout fishing the Snowy Mountains of Australia
  • Fishing New Zealand for trout as well as kingfish (aka Yellowtail) in the salt, and
  • Murray Cod – Aussie native freshwater fish and the one Mickey calls “The Coolest species in the world… Think large-mouth bass/muskie/an angry steroid abusing MMA fighter”