Other waters we fish

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 →

It’s that time of year again; hunters have taken to the hills, the ambitiously lethargic have returned to their recliners for the remainder of the year and the Salmo trutta are getting feisty. Arguably one of the more voracious fresh water salmonids the fall Brown Trout feeding frenzy is kicking off. The frenzy comes from 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 →

If you’ve been swinging by the shop or spending your afternoons around the Blackfoot Brewery over the last two months you’ve probably heard me bitching whining about my lack of motorized transportation. The good news is the Subaru is back on the road and I’m mobile again! After eight arduous weeks of fly fishing booty.. read more →

Great weekend to be in Central Mon-freakin-tana! Loads of fun things going down this weekend in the greater Missouri River watershed, beers, bugs and plenty of ways to get into trouble as we herald in the greatest part of the year, that’s right folks Small Stream Opener !  Not to mention Caddis Fest today in Craig. Beer,.. 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 →

  Little Blackfoot River @ Garrison: 245 c.f.s Blackfoot River near Helmville: 528 c.f.s Rock Creek @ Clinton: 710 c.f.s The Missouri is fishing great, if you haven’t heard your friends bragging about it or you haven’t been out lately you know now. But I’m tired of the MO for the time being so I’m.. read more →

In 1974, Montana did something that stunned anglers across the state and the nation: it stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations. After decades of use and millions of dollars invested, hatchery production was not helping, and in fact was the leading cause of the collapse of the fishery. read more →