BSA’s 4th Annual Grand Opening Celebration – June 27, 2020

BSA’s 4th Annual Grand Opening Celebration – June 27, 2020

Yeah, we have this party every summer.  We are still calling it the Grand Opening because we still have those original GRAND OPENING signs.  Maybe someday they will fall apart or get stolen, but at least until then…

Save the date and join us for Big Sky Anglers FOURTH ANNUAL Grand Opening Celebration – a celebration of summer, friends, family, and fly fishing.
Saturday, June 27th, 2018 from 11 am to 10 pm here at the fly shop.

We are super excited to see everyone back again.  Be sure to bring a few friends this year.  We’ve got a number of things planned both on paper and in our minds.  Make sure to check back in between now and the event as we are sure to be adding a few more fun things as well as special guests.  Stop by the shop any time on June 27th to get in on store-wide sales, giveaways, fly tying demos, fly casting, and more.  Great presentations and demos from vendors, BBQ, fly casting, and more.  We will be loaded up with new Big Sky Anglers hats, shirts, and other logo gear, and some retro Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop gear too.  We will also be showing off the Golden Stone Inn, our one-of-a-kind lodge, for those who’d like to see the new grounds.  See you soon!
Joe Moore, Justin Spence, and Jonathan Heames
Owners, Big Sky Anglers

Special Guests and Events Schedule

Be sure to check back as we may add more to the schedule!
Saturday, June 27th
FWP News Release – Scoping Process Begins for Madison River Alternatives

FWP News Release – Scoping Process Begins for Madison River Alternatives

Today, FWP announced the beginning of the official scoping process for Madison River recreation management alternatives.  This represents a significant step forward in the process, and the first time that the general public has an easy way to express their feelings on the matter.  We commend FWP and the Commissioners for all their hard work to this point and encourage everyone out there who is passionate about the Madison River to participate in the scoping process.  The public has 40 days to comment, and the deadline for public comment is Monday, January 6, 2019.  As always, regardless of your position on this complex issue, we encourage everyone to comment in a thoughtful and professional manner, and to please avoid personal attacks, name calling, or other behaviors that close lines of communication and collaboration.  

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Scoping process begins for Madison River alternatives

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park is beginning a public process to gauge public support and collect feedback on various alternatives for dealing with crowding and conflict on the Madison River.

The process, known as scoping, will ask the public their opinions on various alternatives to addressing four main issues: commercial fishing outfitter management, social conflict management on the upper river, lower river recreational management, and angler use management on the upper river. The form of this process will be a public survey.

Additionally, the public will weigh in on their support for a management goal for recreational use on the river.

The scoping process comes at the direction of the Fish and Wildlife Commission, which met earlier this month to hear petitions from various interest groups proposing solutions to recreation management on the Madison River. The commission denied all three petitions but directed the department staff to insert the options proposed within the petitions into a scoping process.

The public will have 40 days to comment. Once the scoping process is complete, the department will consider the survey results and draft a proposed rule, which is slated to go before the commission in February. The commission will then choose whether or not to put the proposed rule out for public comment.

“It’s taken a long time and a lot of work to get to this point where we can officially collect input on our next steps,” said FWP director Martha Williams. “People are passionate about the Madison River, and we know it’s important for us to consider all interests in moving forward. We’re committed to doing just that.”

In addition to taking the survey, people can submit written comments to

The survey can be found at this link:

2019 Rental/Demo Gear Clearance

2019 Rental/Demo Gear Clearance

Hi everyone.  We’re moving out some of the demo rods from this past year to make room for 2020 demos.  This is a great opportunity to get into some lightly used gear at a great discount.  As always, these sales are final, and buyer is responsible for shipping costs.  If something on the list catches your eye, please get in touch with Miles via email at or call the flyshop at 406-646-7801.

SAGE One Trout Spey 4116-4 MSRP=  $1,050.00  Sale Price=  $735.00
SAGE X 5101-4 MSRP=  $900.00  Sale Price=  $630.00
SAGE X 590-4 MSRP=  $900.00  Sale Price=  $630.00
SAGE Pulse 3110-4 MSRP=  $550.00  Sale Price=  $385.00
SAGE X Switch 6110-4 MSRP=  $1,099.00  Sale Price=  $769.30
Winston Pure 9′ 5wt MSRP=  $875.00  Sale Price=  $612.50
Thomas & Thomas Avantt 1005-4 MSRP=  $845.00  Sale Price=  $591.50
Thomas & Thomas Aeros 905-4 MSRP=  $795.00  Sale Price=  $556.50
Thomas & Thomas DNA Trout Spey 1164-4 MSRP=  $950.00  Sale Price=  $665.00
Scott Radian 905/4 MSRP=  $795.00  Sale Price=  $556.50
Scott G 905/4 MSRP=  $845.00  Sale Price=  $591.50
Echo Ion XL 6100-4 MSRP=  $189.00  Sale Price=  $132.30
Echo TR Trout Spey 4113-4 MSRP=  $375.00  Sale Price=  $262.50
Echo Glass 4108-4 MSRP=  $280.00  Sale Price=  $196.00
Echo Glass 7129-4 MSRP=  $300.00  Sale Price=  $210.00
Redington Dually 4106-4 MSRP=  $250.00  Sale Price=  $175.00
Redington Dually 3106-4 MSRP=  $250.00  Sale Price=  $175.00
Redington Hydrogen 3113-4 MSRP=  $350.00  Sale Price=  $245.00
Route 40 Road Trip – Patagonia,Argentina

Route 40 Road Trip – Patagonia,Argentina

March 21 – April 4, 2020

From the birthplace of  Patagonia fly fishing in the north to its frontier in the south, Route 40 runs through the heart of Patagonia. Join Big Sky Angler’s Steve Hoovler March 21 – April 4, 2020 on a customized, two-week adventure from the north to the south of Argentina’s classic trout country.

 We have spent the last 2 decades living, working, and fishing throughout this vast region and this trip encompasses some of our absolute favorites.  You’ll experience the best fly fishing and authentic Argentine hospitality in all of Patagonia. You’ll be fishing with english-speaking guides that are not only our partners but are our friends, the people we have come to know and respect through our years of experience.

This two week adventure is designed to sample the best of what Patagonia has to offer, 5 days of fishing in the south and 5 days in the north.  It begins in a remote basecamp situated on the high steppes at the base of the Andes, here you’ll be fishing for large, migratory brook trout while enjoying views of the glaciers and mountains of Chile.  We’ll venture north, fishing from drift boats and rafts on the Rio Corcovado and southern Argentina’s fabulous tailwater fishery, the Rio Grande.  We’ll stay at El Encuentro lodge on the banks of the Rio Grande, enjoying the warm hospitality of our good friends, great wine selections, and terrific food. After the first five days of fishing, we’ll drive through Los Alerces National Park and make our way to Bariloche for a rest day on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi.

We’ll spend the next session north of Bariloche near the cradle of flyfishing in Argentina, drift boat fishing on the Rio Collon Cura and Rio Limay, lodging on the shores of the Collon Cura.  These are two of the most spectacular and exciting fall fisheries of Patagonia and both host great populations of resident trout with migratory fish in the systems as well. The Collon Cura valley is filled with wildlife, and you’ll catch glimpses of red stags in the rut, rheas, wild pigs, and armadillos.  Condors soar high above the river and and flocks of parrots will noisily entertain you while drifting the river. The Rio Limay is located out in the steppe country, away from the Andes, some of the largest brown trout in Patagonia are taken from its waters.

We invite you to join us on this unforgettable Patagonia flyfishing adventure!  Please contact us for more information.

2019 West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days – September 13 & 14

2019 West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days – September 13 & 14

Welcome to the information page of the Third Annual West Yellowstone Trout Spey Days!

Mark your Calendars:  September 13-14, 2019.  We are thrilled to be partnering again with the Custer Gallatin National Forest and hosting our third annual Trout Spey Days event right here in West Yellowstone.  Check back in the coming weeks as we fill in details on the event schedule, presenters, and party specifics!  We’ve definitely got a few new ideas on tap for this year.

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 had a great turnout again last year and have expanded the format this year to add even more opportunities for you to hang out and talk Spey with experienced pros and spend time on the water perfecting your technique.

2019 Event Calendar

Friday, September 13th, 5pm – 9pm ish – At the Shop & the Golden Stone Inn

Big Sky Anglers Fly Shop,  39 Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone
Meet a host of experienced Spey casters,Trout Spey anglers, gear peddlers, 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, rigging, presentation, and flies used in Trout Spey and beyond.  Migrate with us over to the fire rings at the new Golden Stone Inn to finish off the evening.

Saturday, September 14th, 9am – 5pm On the Water & 6pm – 9pm At the Shop

On Water Instruction and Demonstrations from 9am – 5pm

Madison River Bridge at Hwy 191, 3.7 miles north of the shop.  Attendees are encouraged to bring waders, snacks, water, and camp chairs, as well as their own Trout Spey gear.  Food will be available on site for purchase.  No gear?  No worries, the reps will have all the goodies from the world of Trout Spey for you to try out.

There will be 3 main areas of the Saturday Outdoor Event.

  • Area 1 will include vendor tents and a food truck. All the tents and gear from vendors will  be set up in the parking lot adjacent to the river for the duration of the event.  Attendees can meet reps, talk gear, and borrow kits for a test cast.
  • Area 2 will be an area of river set aside for folks to demo gear from vendors, get casting lessons from experienced staff and attendees, and generally free form it.
  • Area 3 is the “main stage” – a presentation area on the water. This will be the gravel bar area where the main event was held in 2017 and 2018.  We will be set up for a series of formal presentations, Q&A, and lots of hands on time with Trout Spey gear.

9-10am – Gather, Hang out, Check out the goodies from the Reps, enjoy coffee and watch the resident ospreys soar overhead.

Presentation schedule is as follows (loosely, of course):

  • 10-11 or 11:30am, Brian Chou – Casting Instructor and T&T Pro –  Intro to Spey Fundamentals Presentation, followed by some time for hands on casting.
  • 11:30 – 12:15, Jake Zirkle – G. Loomis – Presenting the Fly and Fishing with Trout Spey Gear
  • 12:15 – 2pm – Lunch break and open casting time
  • 2pm – 3pm – Matt Klara – Big Sky Anglers – Single Hand Spey Casting and Fishing
  • 3-4pm – Dan Short – Double Haul Outdoors – Trout Spey, Slow Down & Look Around, and Other Helpful Tips
  • 4-5pm – Open casting, instruction with presenters, etc

6-9pm – After presentations conclude there will be a short break for cleanup and then we will gather back at the fly shop for food, drinks, giveaways, and more fun.

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!



We are excited to have a great group of industry reps and presenters on hand this year from these great vendors.  There is no better place to try out Spey kits before you buy, or to dial in your existing Spey rod with a new line.

Presenter Bios

Brian Chou – Casting Instructor / Thomas & Thomas Pro – Known for his enthusiasm and passion for fly fishing, FFI certified casting instructor Brian Chou comes from a background of guiding and teaching. Through his classes and willingness to share, Brian has inspired countless students to pursue the evolving sport of fly fishing. His technical understanding combined with ability to articulate the relation of rod and fly line design makes him a sought after presenter at events throughout the country. A respected industry consultant and creative fly tier with a functional yet traditional approach, Brian’s patterns are used worldwide. Residing in Portland, OR with his family, he spends the majority of his fishing time swinging flies with his double handers.  Over the years, Brian has made many trips to various parts of Montana to fish and ski with his group of local buddies, but this will be his first time hanging out in West Yellowstone, and we’re looking forward to it!

Matt Klara – Big Sky Anglers – Matt’s journey into Spey casting and fishing began with trout back in 2000, thrashing around with a borrowed 14 ft 9wt rod and an old Rio Windcutter line on the Madison River just outside of West Yellowstone.  His technique and understanding of two-handed casting and fishing have come a long way since then, to say the least, and so has the equipment available for trout Spey.  At one point he left Montana for Oregon, where for 7 years, nearly all of his fishing was done with two-handed rods.  Matt moved back “home” to Montana in 2015 but still enjoys swinging the two-hander.  He has also become keenly interested in incorporating Spey principles into everyday trout angling situations with single-hand flyrods, dry flies, nymphs, wets, and streamers. Currently residing in Helena with his wife and young son, Matt’s the guy that folks at Big Sky Anglers look to for help with their Spey casting, gear selection, and more.  Whether its Spey for trout, steelhead, or salmon on the two-hander or single-hander, he is happy to teach and share what he’s learned on his own journey.

Jake Zirkle – G. Loomis Fly Rep – Jacob Zirkle was born in Washington, and at the age of 6 his family moved to Alaska where his love for the great outdoors started. At the age of 7 his grandfather gave him the best present ever, an Orvis Clearwater 7wt fly rod. He would rent 3m videos at the local library so he could teach himself the art of fly casting. He spent all his free time casting on local lakes and a neighborhood creek catching trout, steelhead, salmon, and dollies. Traveling to see family and competing in Soccer tournaments he was able to explore many fisheries in WA, OR, ID, and MT.  Throughout his career guiding he always looked for the next thing to bring his customers and push them to become better anglers. Spey casting was one of the crafts he took on, in 2006 he began the journey with a class from friend and Sage Rep George Cook. Over his time with two handed rods, Jacob focused most of his attention casting to monster trout with short speys.  In 2016 he took a job as the NW GLoomis Fly Rep and spends his time traveling his territory showing off new sticks to others who love fly fishing with 2 handed rods. Jake’s favorite GLoomis two handed rod is the new IMX Pro Short Spey Series, paired with today’s short head systems make chasing trout in the West a blast.

Dan Short – Double Haul Outdoors, Nautilus Reels and Douglas Fly Rods Rep – Hailing from the wilds of northern Idaho, and now residing in bustling Ovando, MT, Dan Short is simply one of the friendliest people in the fly fishing biz.  He cut his teeth guiding the Flathead system for years before  shifting his focus towards representing some of the coolest brands out there (Nautilus Reels, Stripn’ Fly Wear, Rising Nets, Douglas Rods, and NZ Strike Indicators to name a few).  He recalls his grandfather owning some sort of two-handed rod back in the day, but didn’t truly come to appreciate the way of the Spey until about 9 years ago when a nasty shoulder injury threatened to end his streamer chucking ways.  Two handed rods and Spey casting were the thing that got him back on the water, but like many of us, the pace of the fishing and style of casting grabbed his soul.  His Spey Mantra is “Slow Down and Look Around”, which is great advice in both fishing and every day life!