It’s that time of the year again folks. The Holidays! The waders are hung by the chimney with care. Give love first, and then if you want to add a stocking stuffer or two into the mix, we came up with a few ideas for the fishing folks on your “NICE” list. Just call the shop and we’ll set you up. 406-646-7801. And, please do it soon so there is time for Santa to deliver in time.
BSA Ouray Ball Caps You could fish while wearing a Houston Astros hat, but why bother? $24.95
BSA logo RTIC stainless Koozie Ever see a sign advertising warm beer? Yeah, didn’t think so. $19.95
THE NZ Strike Indicator System Deadly when you are nymphing slow, clear water for super spooky fish. A top secret option for running double nymphs in the surface film for fussy risers. $16.95
Mimi Matsuda Art Cards Local artist and legendary fish whisperer puts beautiful art on greeting cards, perfect for any occasion. $4.95
BSA Logo Snowflake Holiday Ornament Sarah and Rachel nailed the design on this one $12
Gamakatsu SL12S Big Game Saltwater Hooks Golden dorado, huge stripers, grande roosterfish, marlin on fly? These are simply the best. $8
Trouthunter Leaders and Tippet This stuff is the ticket. So strong. From the Henry’s Fork to the rivers of Patagonia, this is many of our guides first choice. $4.95 to $21.95
BSA Mega Stickers For the coolest coolers, boats, and fishing rigs. The fish is 16 inches long… bigger than the one your buddy caught last time out. $9.50
BSA logo Fly Boxes They come empty, but we are happy to fill ’em up for you too, if you’d like. $10.95 to $15.95
Hand Warmers Winter fishing and skiing essentials. $2.50
Smith Creek Tippet Tamer Keeps all those loose bits of tippet out of the river. Recommended by Jon “The Professor” Heames $15.95
Fishpond Koozie Already attached to a lanyard to hang from your neck, or a boat seat. Stay hydrated. $29.95
Fishpond Gadgets Headgate Tippet Holder holds all your spools. Swift Current Thermometer so you know what’s up out there. Dry Shake Holder controls your powdered floatant. $19.95, $18.95, $9.95
20/20 Magnetic Tippet Threader 6x tippet, and a #22 trico spinner. Those days are long gone for many of us. $10.95
Hatch Nippers With the BSA Logo, it’s just over the top. These babies will last forever. $100
Simms Stainless Pint Glass I heard there was a keg around here somewhere. $14.95
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2017, and we couldn’t be more thankful. Last year at this same time we were close to signing the purchase papers for Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop. So many things have gone on in the last year it is hard to know where to begin. First we would like to sincerely thank everyone for helping make this first season a success. Without all of the support we wouldn’t be where we are today, so, thank you!
Our doors officially opened over Memorial Day weekend and we never looked back. The summer seemed to fly by even faster than usual. We had wonderful fishing in Idaho on the Henry’s Fork, on the Madison and Missouri Rivers in Montana, and throughout Yellowstone Park. Our guide and shop staff did an outstanding job in the shop and on the water. We want to thank all of them for all their hard work and awesome energy!
We celebrated our grand opening Grand Opening for a weekend at the end of June with two days of fun, giveaways, appearances by sales reps, and a party with awesome food from our friends at Beartooth BBQ. So many great folks came out to see the new shop, say hello, and wish us well. The outpouring of love and support we felt from not only the West Yellowstone community but also from so many longtime friends and clients of Big Sky Anglers, Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop, the West Yellowstone Fly Shop, and Jonathan Heames Fly Fishing was truly humbling and overwhelming. We can’t thank everyone enough.
Packed house at the Grand Opening at the end of the night.
Community. We couldn’t do it without your love and support.
We had so much fun at the Grand Opening, we decided to throw another party on that same weekend in 2018! So, please, come join us on Saturday, June 30th, 2018 for a shop party to celebrate the summertime, our friends, families, and the fishing life. It’ll be a great chance to meet and get to know BSA employees and guides, visit with reps from various companies who will be showing product and doing demos, get in on a bunch of sales and giveaways, and also enjoy some great food like last year.
2017 saw great flows on all our rivers here in greater Yellowstone country. The Salmonfly hatch on the upper Madison was one to remember; we fished the big bugs for three full weeks! Big flows on the upper Madison usually provide for a wonderful Salmonfly hatch. The Henry’s Fork had a solid emergence of mayflies throughout the entire season along with Golden Stoneflies that began on the lower river and continued to hatch in the Box later in the season. Those lucky enough to blind cast big dries in the Box should’ve bought a Lotto ticket! Joe came up with a couple of new fly patterns for both Green Drake duns and Grey Drake spinners that rose more than a few big fish. Expect to see those patterns in our bins next season. Yellowstone Park also fished well from open to close. Things kicked off with Millers caddis and PMDs on the Firehole, and the late season terrestrial fishing in the northeast corner seemed above average this year. Hebgen Lake had some wonderful mornings of dry fly angling and when the wind did not come up, those mornings turned into afternoons. The Fall Run of trout from Hebgen Lake brought in anglers from all over the world. It seems like we were catching more rainbows than browns, but by the end of the season the brown trout made their way into the river and some wonderful specimens were brought to hand.
These are just a handful of highlight images from our guided trips this summer. Love all the smiling faces! We think that we guided more kids this year than ever before. It’s such a positive sign for the future of flyfishing.
We are truly fortunate to have so much diverse water right here within an hour’s drive of West Yellowstone. One could spend a lifetime fishing here and never touch all the water, but you can surely try. For those of you wanting to venture out and fish other Montana waters, don’t forget that we have a handful of the best guides available on the Missouri River all season long. These guys are seasoned veterans who know the river in and out. The Missouri River is a fantastic destination filled with large trout, great scenery and good times.
In late September we hosted the first annual West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days both here at the shop and on the Madison River in Custer Gallatin National Forest. Kurt Kruger and the folks at Farbank (Sage, Rio, Redington) helped us get the event up and running this year, and our friend Simon Gawesworth headlined the event for us. Big thanks again to them for all the help! Over 50 people showed up for the on-water portion of the event. It was awesome to see so much excitement about Spey fishing for trout – a type of fishing that some of us here at the shop have been enjoying for over 15 seasons. We plan on growing the event next season and will likely hold it again around the 3rd weekend in September with the support of the National Forest, so please stay tuned for more on that.
At the end of October, after nearly ten years, the construction at Hebgen dam is complete. Going forward from here, the upper Madison will return to having clean and cold water throughout the summer once again. Water will be drawn from almost forty feet down and wearing waders in between the lakes during August will be the norm. Our guess is that the hatches will reset and come back quickly leading to more dry fly opportunities, something that the Madison has always been known for. During the construction period, the insect hatches changed rather significantly with the warmer water. While we still had decent dry fly fishing it was not as consistent as when most of us started fishing this river years ago. While it remains uncertain how quickly the hatches will adjust, Mother Nature will run its course and it always amazes us how quickly she takes control when allowed to do so.
Over the winter we will be working on various shop projects and traveling a bit. Jon, Joe, and Justin will all be in South America, Argentina and Chile during different periods, so keep an eye out for photos and stories from down south! Don’t forget, we’ve been hosting and guiding trips throughout South America for almost fifteen years. We’d love to help you plan your next fishing adventure!
The shop will be open year around so feel free to call or email as you plan your fishing trip or just want to talk fishing.
All the best!
Justin, Joe, Jonathan, and the Big Sky Anglers Crew
Hi, all. We are clearing out a bunch of our lightly used demo rods and reels to make room for next season’s demo fleet. This is an awesome opportunity to score a great price on some top end gear. Winston, and Scott rods, and Hatch reels! All rods are in excellent condition, and handles have been cleaned and sanded like new. Reels have light wear that we’ve tried to show fairly in the photos. Because they are from Hatch, they are still functioning flawlessly after a summer of use. If you see something that interests you on here, please give us a call at the fly shop at 406-646-7801, or email us at email@example.com. Prices are firm as posted. Buyer pays shipping. All sales are final.
- Winston AIR, 9′ 5wt, MSRP $950, SALE PRICE $570
- Winston AIR, 9′ 6wt, MSRP $950, SALE PRICE $570
- Winston B3LS, 9′ 5wt, MSRP $795, SALE PRICE $477
- Scott Radian 905/4, 9′ 5wt, MSRP $795, SALE PRICE $477
- Scott L2h 1105/4, 11′ 5wt 2-handed rod, MSRP $545, SALE PRICE $327
- Scott Flex 905/4, 9′ 5wt, MSRP $475, SALE PRICE $285 (no photo)
- Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 4-Plus LA, Black, MSRP $450, SALE PRICE $200 (Includes approximately 100 yards of dacron backing on spool)
Hi folks. We are closing out a number of reels from Hatch, Abel, and Ross that have been discontinued for the 2018 season. That includes Hatch Generation 1 Finatic reels, which have been an industry standard for years. The Gen 2 Finatic includes upgraded components, that can be retrofitted into the Gen 1 reels if there is ever an issue with them. In addition, all of the spools/frames are compatible between Gen 1 and 2 reels. If you’ve wanted to get into a Hatch but shied away from the price, this is your chance! Whether Hatch, Abel, or Ross all these reels and spools are brand new, in box. If you see something that interests you on here, please give us a call at the fly shop at 406-646-7801, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are firm as posted. Buyer pays shipping. All sales are final. We’d be happy to spool a reel up for you with backing and flyline. Just let us know when you get in touch.
- Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 9-Plus LA, Silver/Blue highlights, MSRP $750, SALE PRICE $450
- Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 4-Plus MidArbor SPOOL, Silver/Blue highlights, MSRP $190, SALE PRICE $114
- Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 4-Plus MidArbor SPOOL, Black/Silver highlights, MSRP $190, SALE PRICE $114
- Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 5-Plus MidArbor SPOOL, Silver/Blue highlights, MSRP $205, SALE PRICE $123
- Abel Quick Change Super 7/8 Tim Borski Bonefish #51/100, MSRP $2000, SALE PRICE $1200
- Abel Creek Series #1 Large Arbor SPOOL, HG Black, MSRP $150, SALE PRICE $90
- Abel Super 3N SPOOL, HG Black, MSRP $200, SALE PRICE $120
- Ross Evolution LT 1.5, Black, MSRP $295, SALE PRICE $177
- Ross Evolution LT 2, Platinum, MSRP $315, SALE PRICE $189