Rods, Reels, and Lines for Euro Nymphing

Many of the most common questions that I am asked about Euro Nymphing here at Big Sky Anglers have to do with rods, reels, and lines.  In this post, I hope to explain my own preferences, and hopefully simplify the process of gearing up for those interested in getting...

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Hatch Profile – Damselflies

While most of the insect species that fly anglers find relevant exist in relative obscurity outside of our odd band of brothers and sisters, the damselfly is well known to nearly anyone who has spent time near water.  Their adult forms are fairly large, with...

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Finding the Rhythm in the Motherland of Steelhead

I hadn’t caught a steelhead since 2001. Maybe 2002.  While the memories of the fish are still vivid and clear, what year it was doesn’t really matter anymore.  At the time, I was fishing a two-piece, single hand, Winston IM6 eight weight, swinging flies in Idaho with...

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Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – Olive Jig Bugger

Originator:  Fulling Mill Hook: Tactical barbless 60 deg jig hook, #12 Thread: 8/0 Olive Bead: 1/8” Brass or Tungsten (Black Nickel) Tail: Olive Chickabou Legs: Olive dyed partridge or hen soft hackle Body: Olive hares ear or hares ear blend Rib: Ultra Wire, Brassie,...

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Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – Brown Rubber Legs

Originator:  Legends vary on the exact origins of this pattern, but modern literature attributes it to Pat Bennett, of Hyde Outfitters, Island Park, ID Hook: 3x long Nymph Hook.  Size 4 – 12. Weight: This can be tied either weighted with lead or non-lead wire, or...

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Big Sky Anglers Weekly Fishing Report – June 6, 2019

Welcome the to the Big Sky Anglers’ Weekly Fishing Report. It’s been a gorgeous, early-summer week here in Yellowstone Country. Bright green hillsides filled with wildflowers are backed by snow capped peaks. The skies have been blue, and the sun has been warm. Fishing...

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Salmonfly Graduation

It’s graduation season! All across the country high school seniors are preparing for that long awaited moment when they can walk across the stage, grab their diploma, and head out into the world. For four long years they have worked and grown on their way to becoming...

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