40% Off Select Hatch, Abel and Ross Reels/Spools – Close Out SALE!

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 info@bigskyanglers.com.  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 REELS

  • Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 3-Plus LA, Black/Silver highlights, MSRP $400, SALE PRICE $240
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  • Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 3-Plus LA, Silver/Green highlights, MSRP $400, SALE PRICE $240
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  • Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 9-Plus LA, Silver/Blue highlights, MSRP $750, SALE PRICE $450

HATCH SPOOLS

  • 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
  • Hatch Gen 1 Finatic 7-Plus MidArbor SPOOL, Silver/Blue highlights, MSRP $225, SALE PRICE $135

ABEL REELS

  • Abel Quick Change Super 7/8 Tim Borski Bonefish #51/100, MSRP $2000, SALE PRICE $1200
  • Abel SD (Sealed Drag) 6/7, Left Hand Retrieve, Black, MSRP $790, SALE PRICE $474

ABEL SPOOLS

  • 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 REELS

  • Ross Colorado LT 0-3, Platinum, MSRP $285, SALE PRICE $171
  • Ross Evolution LT 1.5, Black, MSRP $295, SALE PRICE $177
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  • Ross Evolution LT 2, Platinum, MSRP $315, SALE PRICE $189
  • Ross Evolution R 4-5, Platinum, MSRP $465, SALE PRICE $279
  • Ross Evolution R 4-5, Matte Black, MSRP $465, SALE PRICE $279
  • Ross Evolution R 5-6, Platinum, MSRP $475, SALE PRICE $285
  • Ross Evolution R 5-6, Matte Black, MSRP $475, SALE PRICE $285

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 you can make it.  Our hope is that the event will offer folks a place and time to meet up, hang out, share knowledge and information, and maybe find a new fishing buddy or two.

Are you already into Spey casting and fishing for trout?  Maybe you have heard of it, but have never picked up a Spey rod, and are interested in getting involved in this super fun way to fish for trout?  This event is open to everyone, regardless of skill/experience level, age, fly shop or industry affiliation, etc.  We plan on having a selection of demo gear on hand for folks to check out, including Spey rods and lines from Sage, Rio, Redington, Echo, Airflo, Winston, Scott, and OPST.

Take a look below for our event calendar as well as a list of presenters and instructors that will be on hand.  We are super excited to have none other than Spey guru Simon Gawesworth headlining our list of instructors/demonstrators.  If you don’t know Simon, he is a world renowned Spey caster, instructor, author of three books on Spey casting, and a super nice dude. We will have copies of his two books (Spey Casting and the must have Single-Handed Spey Casting) on hand at the shop to purchase and have signed.  If you already have his books, bring ’em by for sure.

Event Calendar

Friday, September 29th, 4pm-7pm – At the Shop

Big Sky Anglers Fly Shop,  39 Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone
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Meet a host of experienced Spey casters,Trout Spey anglers, and instructors, and get dialed in to enjoy a whole new approach to trout fishing.  Everyone is welcome! Whether you are just beginning your journey with 2-handed rods and Spey casting, or you are a veteran with the long rod, please stop in and say hi, hang out, and talk rods, lines, casting technique, presentation, and flies used in Trout Spey and beyond.
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Kurt Kruger, rep for Sage/RIO/Redington, will be set up with a bunch of rods and reels to check out, and will be talking about and answering questions about them.
Jesse Robbins from Sage will be covering fly presentation and general discussion of line choice, MOW and Sink Tips ( with a table of samples set up )
Simon Gawesworth will be holding court at the coffee bar in the back of the shop and talking all things Trout Spey, and maybe signing a few of his books.
Justin Spence and Matt Klara from Big Sky Anglers will be around talking Trout Spey, and sharing a few stories and tips learned over the years.  These two actually started in Trout Spey together on the Madison back around 2000.
Big Sky Anglers shop staff will be on hand to help out with recommendations on where to fish locally, and set you up with any flies, gear, etc you may need.
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Saturday, September 30th, 11am-3pm – On the Water

Madison River Bridge at Hwy 191
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On Water Instruction and Demonstrations
Bring your own gear or try out some of ours!
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List of Presentation Topics:
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11:00am – 11:15am   Introductions and Welcome!

11:30am – 12:00pm   Keith Balfourd – Trout Spey and General Spey – The Basics

12:15pm – 1:15pm     Simon Gawesworth  – Trout Spey Presentation

1:30pm – 2:15pm       Matt Klara – Trout Spey with your single-hand rod – Dries, Nymphs, Soft Hackles, and Streamers

2:30pm – 3:00pm       Rick Wollum – “ Soft Hackles, Intruders and Tube Flies “ techniques and fly choice

3:00pm – 4:00pm       Casting sessions with all presenters.

4:00pm                          Head back to the flyshop for the BBQ!

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Click the Map for Directions

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The on water portion of this event is being hosted on the public lands of Custer Gallatin National Forest.  Thanks to them, of course, for supporting this event!

Saturday, September 30th, 4:30pm-7pm – At the Shop

BBQ catered by Beartooth BBQ at Big Sky Anglers Fly Shop, 39 Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone
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Book signing with Simon Gawesworth.
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Instructors / Presenters

Simon Gawesworth – World Authority on Spey Casting, T.H.C.I, and RIO flyline guru.

Simon’s father taught him to fish at the age of 8 and he’s been teaching fly casting professionally since the age of 16.   With over 35 years of  teaching experience, Simon is a highly sought-after instructor.  He has written 3 books on Spey casting.  He has both cast and fished for England in British, European and World Championships and was elected Captain of the England team for the 2003 World Fly Fishing Championship.  Simon is A.P.G.A.I. and S.T.A.N.I.C. certified in the U.K. and C.I., Master and T.H.C.I. certified in the U.S.  Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on spey casting, he has taught and demonstrated spey casting around the world.  Simon currently lives in South West Washington with his family and a water-loving dog!

Matt Klara – Neighborhood Authority on Spey Fishing and other random topics, Big Sky Anglers, West Yellowstone, MT

Matt’s journey into Spey casting and fishing actually began with trout back in 2000, on the Madison River just outside of West Yellowstone.  At that point, he was hitting the river with a borrowed 14 ft 8/9wt rod and an old Rio Windcutter line.  And by hitting, we mean actually hitting, thrashing, cussing, and occasionally putting one out there well enough to fool a fish (his words, not ours) .  Matt’s technique and understanding of two-handed casting and fishing have come along greatly since then, to say the least, and so has the equipment available for trout Spey.  He left Montana at one point for a 7 year stint in Oregon where 90% of his fishing was done with two-handed rods, but moved back “home” in 2015.  Currently residing in Helena with his wife and young son, Matt’s now the guy that folks here at Big Sky Anglers look to for help with their casting, gear selection, and more.  Whether its trout, steelhead, or salmon, on the two-hander, he is happy to teach and share what he’s learned on his own journey.

Backside Double Spey Video

Rick Wollum – Anglers West, Emigrant, MT

Rick started in the industry back in the mid 80’s and has since guided and fished his way across many of the West’s great trout waters. He later hosted Flyfishing America on ESPN and traveled across the country fishing some great locations from Alaska to Washington.  Spey casting are for both steelhead and trout are passions within flyfishing that have captivated him for awhile.  In his words, “Swinging flies for steelhead or their freshwater cousins is an exciting game, it’s the grab that is so addictive!”  Rick has been fortunate to have fished with many of the legends of Spey casting and fishing over his career, including Scott O’Donnell and Trey Combs.  He looks forward to sharing what he has learned from them and others with you at Spey Days.

Jesse Robbins – Far Bank

Jesse has worked for the Far Bank brands – Sage, RIO, and Redington – since 2011, helping bring to market a host of Spey and Trout Spey products including the ONE and HYDROGEN Trout Spey Rods and Skagit Trout Max lines, among others.  He has fished two-handed rods from New England to the Great Lakes, across the Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest up to British Columbia.  He is a certified casting instructor and frequent contributor to several fly fishing magazines.

Keith Balfourd – montanaspey.com, Missoula, MT

Keith is a transplant to Montana from the Seattle area.  Having “searched” the steelhead waters of the Pacific Northwest since 1976, he noticed only two things missing in Montana other than steelhead – nobody was using a two-hander and swinging flies for trout, and there was a dearth of knowledge available locally on Spey equipment and casting. That’s why he started Montana Spey in 2010 – to teach and share what he has learned from 25 years of long-rodding.

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 something truly unique.  The buzz was exciting to say the least.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/nasa_eclipse_map.jpg

In the Tetons they got totality.  In West Yellowstone, we experienced 99% coverage.  In Helena, we experienced about 93% coverage.  I took a break from work to observe it from my backyard.  Several things came to mind during the eclipse.  First, our sun is truly bright and powerful.  Even 93% blocked, there were deep shadows everywhere.  It got noticeably cooler.  The birds stopped singing for 20 minutes on either side of the peak.

Having seen photos, and heard first had accounts from those who were within the band of totality for the eclipse, I now wish I had made the 3 hour trip south into Idaho to witness it for myself.

What does this have to do with fly fishing?  Well, in the aftermath of the eclipse, folks are wondering what to do with their used “eclipse glasses” that allowed them to stare at the sun safely.  My answer to that question was to use the lens material at the fly tying bench.

Nothing fancy here, but the lens reflectivity and color reminded me of the color of chironomids in their early stage of emergence, down deep, before they fully inflate with air.  It’s a similar color to the anti-static bags that many have used in the past.  So, I whipped up a few using the following recipe:

  • Hook: Daiichi 1120 scud hook, #10-14
  • Bead: Red glass with silver lining, from the craft store
  • Body: Thin strip of eclipse glasses lens
  • Rib(s): Ultra wire, small, one red and one black
  • Thread: UTC 70, black

That’s it!  The Total Eclipse Chironomid.  Looking forward to testing them out soon, if the Callibaetis ever thin out.

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 anglers also have a bit of an artistic or literary side.  On the water, inspiration is everywhere.
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Big Sky Anglers shop staffer Connor Flynn is one of us who finds inspiration from his time fishing.  Poetry/song are his chosen means of artistic expression, and he’s been kind enough to let us share a couple of his efforts with you via the blog.  The following pieces exist in print as poems, but have also been recorded as songs by Connor, acting as his rockstar alter ego, Black Jack Davey.  If you enjoy these, you can check out what else he’s up to on Facebook .

 “Evening Walk” 

Out on an evening walk tonight

I gaze into the water.

Feeding city dulled eyes

that see in the stillness.

Left by the wind

which perhaps went chasing the cloud’s pagodas.

The clouds that billow in the water.

But looking up,

my real eyes see,

it’s the small waves.

Far away from the dissipating mountains

that lingers till it’s return.

A drifting fish out on an evening float

to gaze up into our world.

At the trees, and the mountains, and the clouds.

And the occasional rambler,

who only through peace can chase the clouds pagodas.

And the occasional rambler,

who only through peace can penetrate the surface.

 “Time Is But The Stream” 

Written in the Frank Church Wilderness, Fall 2015

Time is but the stream

I go fishin’ in.
Everyday I dream of you,
but time keeps drifting’ along.
When I see you in my dreams
I know there’s something wrong.
When you speak to me
you know just what to say.
So why don’t we turn back time?
I can’t take this current alone.
Time is but the stream
I go fishin’ in.
History is the bedcarved by the river of life.
I’ve been in this place way too long.
I’m beginning to question what is real.
Soon I know I’ll be next to you.
When that time comes I’ll certainly know.
Till then,I’ll keep singing’ this song.
Time is but the stream
I go fishin’ in.

Join Us to Celebrate the Shop GRAND OPENING – June 30 through July 2

Big Sky Anglers
Hi, friends.  Please join us Friday, June 30th through Sunday July 2nd to celebrate the Big Sky Anglers shop grand opening.  We are super excited to see everyone and share our new vision with you. We’ve got a number of things planned for the weekend, so be sure to check out the schedule later in this email.  Stop by the shop any time to get in on store-wide sales, giveaways, fly tying demos, fly casting, and more.  We are loaded up with new Big Sky Anglers hats, shirts, and other logo gear, and still have some classic Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop gear hanging around if you are looking for a collectors item or two.
Friday will be a meet and greet during the day for the most part, with tons of sales and giveaways.  We’ll have sales reps in the shop Friday evening, and be hanging out talking rods and lines, and maybe casting a bit over at the park.
Saturday will be the biggest day, with sales reps on site in the evening along with catered BBQ, spirits from Willie’s Distillery in Ennis, and live art from Mimi Matsuda during the day.
Things will wind down on Sunday with more time to meet and greet with us and our staff, more sales, giveaways, and possibly a few surprises.
Best,
Joe Moore, Justin Spence, and Jonathan Heames
Owners, Big Sky Anglers
39 Madison Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Special Guests and Events Schedule
Friday June 30
  • 9am – 9pm  Meet and Greet with Staff
  • 9am – 9pm  Sales and giveaways. Tying demos, fly casting, and more.
  • 4pm – 9pm  Winston Rods and Scientific Anglers Rep Travis Morris will be at the shop. Product and casting demos.  SA Line trade in program. Flyline specials.
  • 4pm – 9pm  Montana Fly Company’s Jake Chutz and Kris Keller will be on site talking fly design, bugs, and showing off their awesome fly tying tools and fly boxes.
Saturday, July 1
  • 9am – 9pm  Meet and Greet with Staff
  • 9am – 9pm  Sales and giveaways. Tying demos, fly casting, and more.
  • 10am – 6pm  Artist Mimi Matusda will be in the shop painting live!
  • 1pm on –  RO Drift Boats will be here with a boat full of beer and laughs
  • 4pm – 9pm Simms Rep Nick English will be at the shop talking gear, fishing, and trail running.  He’ll have a full Women’s Waders “Fit Kit” on hand for ladies looking for a way to get dialed in.
  • 4pm – 9pm  Montana Fly Company’s Jake Chutz and Kris Keller will be on site talking fly design, bugs, and showing off their awesome fly tying tools and fly boxes.
  • 4pm – 9pm  SAGE/Rio Rep Kurt Kruger will be in the shop.
  • 4pm – 9pm  Winston Rods and Scientific Anglers Rep Travis Morris will be at the shop. Product and casting demos.  SA Line trade in program. Flyline specials.
  • 6pm – 9pm  Echo/Airflo and Hatch Reels Rep Brandon Prince will be in the shop.
  • 6pm – 9pm  Catered BBQ from Beartooth BBQ of West Yellowstone, MT
  • 6pm – 9pm  Spirits from Willie’s Distillery in Ennis, MT
Sunday, July 2
  •  9am – 9pm  Meet and Greet with Staff
  • 9am – 9pm  Sales and giveaways. Tying demos, fly casting, and more.