Return to the Beginning

I will never forget the first time my Dad took me fly fishing. As far back as I can remember, fishing has been a major part of my life. It’s an experience my Dad and I still share together today. But that day was significant to me; more than most fishing trips. I was...

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The Pull

I moved away from Oregon in 2014, and after a crazy year in southern California, I wound up, thankfully, back in the state that has always felt like home to me – Montana.  When I lived in Oregon, steelhead fishing was a huge part of my life, a true passion, and...

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Tasmania Trip Report

Dan and I just finished a week of fishing Tasmania. What a beautiful place! While staying in the little town of Miena, middle Tasmania, I felt like we were on top of the world.  Loads of lakes and smaller rivers cover the Tasmanian landscape, making for many many...

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South Island New Zealand Trip Report

I have wanted to fish New Zealand for a long time. It was one of those places on my list, if you know what I mean. I have heard stories about the beautiful brown and rainbow trout, the crystal clear rivers, big mountains, and friendly people. This last week on the...

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The Importance or Unimportance of Good Casting Skills

My mates Justin and Matt at Big Sky Anglers have asked me to write an article on how important are good fly casting skills. And it’s certainly an interesting question. Maybe the best way to answer it is to first tell you my story. I started fly fishing at the age of...

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Brook Trout Base Camp

Tucked away in a remote corner of Argentine Patagonia is a pristine fishery which is home to a population of wild Brook Trout the likes of which are the stuff of legends. Three to five pound fish are the norm, and ten+ pound trout are a very real possibility. A series...

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The Ultimate Patagonia Sporting Adventure

"You Deserve Another Autumn!" Fall is one of our favorite times in Patagonia. When the Andes get their first coating of snow, and the Beech trees begin to turn yellow, orange and fire-red I get excited about Brook Trout on the Corcovado, Brown Trout on the Rio Grande,...

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Rydberg Returns

Travis Rydberg began working for Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop back in the mid-1990s. Around the turn of the century he migrated to Last Chance, Idaho, a place he would call home for more than fifteen years.  Working behind the counter and later guiding for TroutHunter,...

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Introducing the Golden Stone Inn

West Yellowstone is home for Big Sky Anglers. Not because we all happened to end up here on a whim, but because West Yellowstone is located in the heart of what is arguably the greatest fly fishing region on earth.  We have chased trout with a fly rod all across...

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Big Sky Anglers Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday season is stressful for a lot of us.  Giving a gift shouldn't be part of that stress.  If you're looking for something for that fishing friend or family member, here are a few ideas. Stop by the shop to say hi and check out the full lineup of goodies if you...

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The Big Sky Anglers Hats Page

It has been scientifically proven that anglers who wear Big Sky Anglers hats not only catch more and bigger fish, but they also have more fun.  So, at long last, we've created an online archive of the hat styles we have available in the shop.  If you see something you...

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Big Sky Anglers 2018 Year In Review

As November comes to a close this year in Yellowstone Country we appreciate every single one of those beautiful, windless, crystal clear, and sunny fall days a little more than we did the week before.  Years of living here reminds us that a true and deep cold will be...

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Winter Water

It’s now December here in MT.  Well, everywhere really.  But here, that means we’ve gone way past the tipping point between Autumn and winter conditions.  Big game hunting season has ended, and the stillwaters are freezing over.  We have many rivers that are open to...

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BC Steelhead – Fall 2019 Opportunities

Hi folks.  As you may know, I've been travelling to BC to steelhead fish and hosting trips for a number of years now.  Without questions, BC is one of my favorite destinations.  A unique place with wild rivers, big wild fish, and wonderful people and accommodations. ...

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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...

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Dispatches Volume 4 – Fly Fishing the Marsh in New Orleans, Louisiana with Matt Klara

Welcome to the fourth edition of Dispatches, a series which reports on the Big Sky Anglers crew as they travel the globe in search of angling adventures. Each edition of Dispatches features an interview with one of our angling pros while they are on assignment or traveling for fun. Our crew might be hosting anglers in a remote destination, guiding clients on our home waters, or exploring new fishing territory at home and abroad.

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Big Sky Anglers Weekly Fishing Report – 10/25/2018

T-minus 10 days and counting! Yellowstone National Park will close to fishing next Sunday, November 4th marking the unofficial end to the 2018 season for us in Yellowstone Country.   Last year Justin and the shop staff were forced to hike into the Park to make their...

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