The 12 days of Christmas finishes up today! Stay tuned for more gear reviews this winter here on the Blog and a huge shout out to all those folks who participated thus far in our online fly shop, thank you very much.
The Simms Taco Bag is one of those simple pieces of gear that often gets over looked. Wader bags have been around for a really long time and once you’ve had one and used it, you’ll never leave home without it. While hosting and guiding in Patagonia, we move gear around from truck to boat, boat to truck and truck to lodge, that’s a lot of bags. Most of the rigs we roam around in are Toyota Hilux pickups with no topper; therefore having your waders and boots in one complete package is ideal, the plus side is that your waders don’t find their way out of the truck in that crazy Patagonian wind. You don’t have to travel to South America to see the benefits of the Simms Taco Bag, lots of our clients bring them to Montana on their fishing trips. Another upside to the taco bag is that your gear doesn’t get confused with your fishing buddy’s. We’ve all been on trips where everybody is rolling their Simms waders, boots and gore-tex jacket; a mix up is bound to happen. We love the fact that the Taco Bag doubles as a wader mat, protecting those neoprene feet from sharp rocks, making your investment in quality waders last a little longer. In the end, keeping your gear organized generally leads to catching more trout!
Check it out online.
All of us here at BSA remember our first fly rod like it was yesterday. For most of us who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, Fenwick dominated the market with shorter fiberglass fly rods like the one my dad, Tom, built for me; I still use the 8’6″ 5 wt. from time to time and love the action. Echo came out with this kit several years ago and it’s been a huge hit with kids and adults alike. Don’t be surprised if you end up borrowing this rod from your kiddo sometime as it’s pure joy to fish cast and fish with. This rod is a blast on small creeks and for applications like swinging soft hackles on the Firehole. It works well out of the drift boat nymphing in the Box Canyon and on the Madison fishing single hoppers. If you have any questions about performance, know that the top distance casts with this kit were in the 85 to 100 foot range during the Gecko Shootout at our 3rd Annual Grand Opening Party! We’ve even even dialed this rod in for “Trout Spey” by pairing it with a 150 or 180 grain micro Skagit head in the 11ft range and an 8ft poly leader.
For the Christmas holiday we are including a small selection of flies and a box for FREE! Check it out in the online fly shop.
From our humble beginnings in Joe’s garage back in 2004, Big Sky Anglers has been committed to teaching anglers how to fly fish. We do our best to break down the techniques and offer insight all day long during guide trips. It is our goal to help anglers become the complete package. Everyday at our fly shop in the summer season, anglers from all walks of life come through the doors. We often are asked which books and maps are the best for learning; ask Justin and he’ll start with the Little Red Fishing Knot Book, then he’ll grab the Pocket Guide to Fly Fishing (which is waterproof and can accompany you to the river) and then he’ll grab the always famous Curtis Creek Manifesto. These books are fantastic for all ages of anglers and for those of you who think you have a grasp on fly fishing, Sheridan Anderson will definitely show you a thing or two in his cartoon book below. We tossed in a map of Yellowstone National Park from National Geographic as why not pour over a map of one of the finest places to fish in the World?
Check it out in the online fly shop.
West Yellowstone is one of those unique places in the world which offers dry fly fishing for nearly seven months of the year. Most of us in the shop prefer to fish dries whenever possible in our daily lives as anglers to our fishing programs as guides. From the Henry’s Fork to the Madison, to the Northeast Corner to the Firehole River, we do our best to fish it dry. The flies in this package represent some of the fishiest patterns in the shop; it’s a smattering of caddis and mayflies and includes four of Joe Moore’s original fly patterns.
The contents of the package is below.
1 x BSA Small Heavy Duty Waterproof Fly Box – FREE!
2 x JoJo’s Comparabuzz Tan Sz. 16
2 x JoJo’s PMD Sz. 16
2 x Royal Wulff Cripple Sz. 16
2 x JoJo’s Riffle Riser PMD Cripple Sz. 16
2 x Cornfed Caddis Sz. 14
2 x Missing Link Caddis PMD Sz. 16 & 14
2 x Swisher’s Peacock PMX Sz. 12
2 x JoJo’s Rusty Spinner Sz. 16
2 x Missing Link Caddis Original Black Sz. 14
2 x CDC Para Spinner Rusty Sz. 16
12 days of Christmas – Day Five – The Fishpond Gift Pack
Fishpond is one of the companies that just keeps coming up with great products year after year. From wading nets and boat nets, to hip packs and boats bags they seem to think of darn near everything. We walked around the shop and picked out three of our favorite accessories from Fishpond that fit in the stocking or could be wrapped up as one gift. The River Rat 2.0 will keep your beverage of choice as cold as Slough Creek in July and with it’s lanyard, you’ll never loose your beverage – its a fantastic product for the rafter in your life. Since our area rivers offer dry fly fishing for almost seven months of the year, we are never without fly floatant and something to carry it. The Fishpond Bottle Holder clips to any pack or vest keeping your floatant of choice at hand and your dry flies riding high. Micro trash could be defined as scrap tippet and leader, flies that no longer work for whatever reason, beat up split shot, those little Reese’s cup wrappers that make their way to the bottom of your waders or your buddies cigarette butts that seem to find their way to the bottom of the drift boat. This little gem from Fishpond, the Microtrash Container, is the perfect little gift that helps keep the boat ramps clean and the river cleaner.