Category Archives: Favorite Fly Fishing Spots

Slimy Ladies on the Beach

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

1As the weather cooled in SW Montana, we headed south to Tampa, Florida to visit relatives (Apollo Beach to be exact) for Thanksgiving. Of course, I wasn’t going to travel that far south to one of the most varied Gulf Coast fishing destinations without a flyrod. November in the Tampa Bay region is a time of transition and finding fish can sometimes be a challenge. I had heard good reports of Pompano along the beaches, so that’s what I really prepared for, but the opportunity to fish with a friend for a couple of days found me in Tampa Bay’s backwaters as well.
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The Road to Notch Bottom

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

windingAs I write, it’s late September in SW Montana and the leaves are beginning to turn. Rivers are still low from the summer heat and irrigation demands. Yet they are cooling and the bigger browns are beginning to turn into butter yellow specimens preparing for the spawn. Low water and higher temps of the summer have kept some rivers off limits. Our Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks isn’t capricious and its rules as when to close and open stretches of any given river are well documented and adhered to. They do a good job of protecting the trout from the stresses of summer when warranted. As such, one of my favorite stretches of the Big Hole River remained closed to all angling as I headed out on this late September morning. But all was not lost, I was headed to one of the most scenic and idealistic stretches of the Big Hole River—Notch Bottom. It may be one of the most beautiful stretches of Montana trout stream there is. more…

Waterfall Pools, Part 1

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

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Cascading over a spectacular drop, cold clear water enters its personal handiwork–its pool below. In a season’s time it takes with it subaquatic life, trout roe, fingerlings and even adult fish. Some of them, depending on the height of the fall, survive, to inhabit the waters into which the stream falls. Over eons, the falls’ liquid and cargo combine to create an oasis of entrancing awe, both above and below the surface. All creatures worship the waterfall.

Fly fishing a waterfall pool elicits a special kind of reverence; we witness the relentless, hypnotic spectacle, hear its timeless music, feel its mist on our faces and hands. But fishing it is normally not so easy–at least, it’s far different from fishing a stream or any ol’ generic slow spot. more…