Phil’s Favorites for Yellowstone Country

We struck up a relationship with Phil during his most recent trip to Yellowstone Country and were super excited to find out that he makes semi-regular trips to our area to fish the local stillwaters.  Phil is a signature tier for Montana Fly Company, and we’ve carried a few of his patterns in the shop since our doors opened.  When we found out that he has some real first-hand experience fishing our area, we began comparing notes on effective patterns and presentations.  It didn’t take long before we hatched an idea to share Phil’s Favorites for Yellowstone Country with our readers, and combine our own experiences with the patterns with Phil’s thoughts and suggestions on when, where, and how to use his flies in your own angling adventure.

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Remembering the Walker’s Cay Chronicles

We are fortunate today to have access to perhaps hundreds of fly fishing shows via the internet. Awesome new films are coming out every week.  There are many young and talented filmmakers out there taking advantage of amazing improvements in camera technology.  I’ve...

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Euro Nymphing – Defined

This is the first in a series of blog posts from Robert Van Rensburg on Euro Nymphing. 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.  Robert’s deep...

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Exmouth, Western Australia Trip Report

Exmouth, Western Australia:  The final stop on the adventure that my good friend Dan Vogel and I shared this winter. The two incredible weeks fishing with Jono Shales of Exmouth Fly Fishing, not only taught us a lot about saltwater fly fishing, but also left Dan and I...

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Angling Journal – North Island New Zealand

March 2019.   I was fortunate to accompany a small group of anglers to the north island of New Zealand on an unforgettable journey of wilderness, trout, and great friends.  What ensued was a trip that we will always remember and one that left us with the indellible...

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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

ucked 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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