What’s In A Name, Anyway?

In the Fall of 2015, an opportunity arose and found Jon, Justin and myself (J3) contemplating the purchase of Bud Lilly's Trout Shop.  Truth be told, this scared the shit out of all three of us and I'd be lying if I said I never lost any sleep over this decision. ...

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Hebgen Dam Project Finally Nearing Completion

Construction crews completed the installation of the new concrete lining in the Hebgen Dam outlet pipe by the end of September, significantly ahead of schedule. NorthWestern Energy was very happy with the quality of work on the concrete, and all test results show the work is in compliance with specifications.

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Snowy cold, watching silver turn to gold

At some point here in the last week, Summer slipped away from us and Fall arrived in fashion with dumping snow, chilly wind, bugling elk and overcast blue-grey skies with quiet a bit of rain mixed in to boot.  All of the rivers in YNP bumped up from the much needed...

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West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days 2017

Welcome to the information page of the First Annual West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days! This event is the brainchild of Big Sky Anglers co-owner Justin Spence, and Sage/Rio/Redington rep Kurt Kruger.  This year we're keeping things small and low key, and we'd love it if...

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The Total Eclipse Chironomid

As you probably know, a solar eclipse was visible across the entire United States on August 21st.  The band of “totality” became a tourist destination as amateur astronomers, photographer, and thousands of interested citizens flocked to those zones to experience...

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Thoughts Regarding Callibaetis Nymphs

A while back I wrote a post about Callibaetis and Chironomids where the punch line was that my buddy and I wanted the fish to be eating Callibaetis but they were really on chironomids.  Well that was then, and this is now... Callibaetis and damselflies have been...

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Poetry from the Water

Fishing isn't just about catching fish for the vast majority of folks who enjoy the pursuit.  For many of us, angling is an excuse to spend time on the water, in nature, reconnecting with friends, or our thoughts, and soaking it all in.  It's no surprise that so many...

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