A “Day in the Life” of Trout Bums, Shop Rats, Guides, Shop Owners and their friends.

“When the temps are cold and you don’t want to take your gloves off to remove a hook from a trout’s mouth, make sure you have a pair or two of mitten clamps in your boat! Easy to use even while wearing gloves or mittens. I actually use them year round because I love them so.. read more →

WINTER FISHING. Really? How is that even possible? Aren’t you freezing? Isn’t the water frozen? Let me answer those questions and concerns and more. read more →

For nine straight steelheading seasons, Chris Strainer, owner of CrossCurrents Fly Shop, has made his annual pilgrimage to northern British Columbia to swing flies on two-handed rods in some of the most legendary steelhead waters on the planet. read more →

Growing up in southern Michigan, the carp was definitely considered a trash fish. I can’t even remember how many hours I would spend in the night chasing those fish with lanterns on the front of a jon boat, spears, and a bow with some of my closest friends. While other kids in our class were.. read more →

Fly Fishing’s Funniest Film Sequel Coming to Helena! HELENA, MT. January 7, 2016 —Hank Patterson, the hilarious, self-proclaimed “world’s greatest fly fishing guide” will be in attendance to host the Helena premiere of his new feature film Hank Patterson And The Mystery Of The CuttyRainBrown! on January 15, 2016 at the Myrna Loy Center. The.. read more →

Montana is a place. Wild. Vast. Beautiful. Most importantly it is plum full of trout. Here at the Craig shop most of our off time is spent drinking beer and fishing for the non-natives, browns and rainbows on the MO. Occasionally, the team members will go for back country excursions in search of the native.. read more →

I know this post might be pushing it a bit for some of you out there. Those of you who can’t seem to break the habit of fishing the same run, same river, same flies, same everything. If you’re into spending your summer days fishing with the masses drinking ice-cold beer and telling fish stories.. read more →

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBAKjBxrk-A&w=420&h=315]Hot and wet, good when you’re with a lady, bad if you’re a fish. To state the obvious it’s hot out there and with little relief in the forecast Montana F.W.P has issued Hoot-Owl Restrictions on several rivers in the state. Hoot-Owl restrictions mean no fishing from 2 p.m util midnight on effected waterways… read more →

Random Ramble: NO BANANAS IN THE BOAT! We have all heard that one before, or the ol’ lucky fishing hat you can’t be on the river without. What about trimming the tag ends of your tippet after you tie on a fly? Or what about letting your buddy fish a run first to increase your.. read more →

Flow Below Holter Dam: 3,820 c.f.s (Normally 5,430 c.f.s) Spring is in full swing here in central Montana and as a fly fisherman, nothing signals spring more for me than the arrival in mass of Blue Winged Olives. It’s not hard to pick out these long-tailed, tall winged insect fluttering across the sky and floating.. read more →