Hoot Owl Restrictions Update: Bye Bye Blackfoot Edition

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Father’s Day Blackfoot Cutthroat

Updates from the F.W.P Offices concerning several rivers in Central and Western Montana. Some rivers dropping off the list, several being added. Here’s the most up to date list of rivers under hoot owl from Fish Wildlife & Parks. Rivers listed in BOLD have just been added and the restrictions are in effect starting TODAY, which still means No Fishing From 2 p.m to Midnight….

Western District Rivers:

  • Bitterroot River, entire length excluding the East & West Forks
  • Clark Fork River, headwaters to confluence with the Flathead River
  • Flint Creek, from the Highway 1 bridge at mile marker 53 to the confluence with the Clark Fork River
  • Silver Bow Creek, from  the confluence with Warm Springs Creek (near Warm Springs) to the confluence with Blacktail Creek
  • Blackfoot River, entire length of the main stem
  • Tributaries of the Blackfoot River: North Fork below the falls, Morrell Creek, Gold Creek, Belmont Creek, Copper Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Monture Creek & The Landers Fork of the Blackfoot

Central District Rivers:

  • Ruby River from Duncan District Road to confluence with the Beaverhead River
  • Shields River from its mouth upstream to its confluence with Smith Creek
  • Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters
  • Lower Gallatin River from its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks upstream to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners
  • East Gallatin River from its origin (at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Bear Creek) to its confluence with the West Gallatin River

However F.W.P  released a statement this morning regarding a few rivers in Central Montana; longer nights, cooler air temperatures and some much-needed rain have brought down the water temperature of several southwest Montana river systems. Therefore, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted the angling restrictions on the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson rivers effective Thursday.

~Cheers, Chewy

Montucky Tales

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Montana Gold

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 trouts of Montana. When we return we tell the tales. Honestly, most of the tales are not true. This might be one of those tales, but maybe, it isn’t. Continue reading

On The Road Report: Weekend at Bob’s Edition.

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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 to tourists all night, this one might not be for you. This On the Road Report doesn’t end at a riverside parking lot, rather it begins and ends at a trailhead on the edge of Bob’s. If you haven’t been to Bob’s your missing out. He’s an awesome host, not a bad view to be had, more water than you could fish in two lifetimes and his floor is the most comfortable place to crash after a long day. The thing about Bob is you can’t really see his place without putting forth some effort. Sure, you can see his place from the road, but you don’t really see anything until you ditch your ride and hit the trails. So instead of hanging out with seemingly every other angler in the state that has descended upon the Missouri I loaded up the essentials; salami, easy-cheez, hammock, flies and whiskey being amongst them and went to kick it with Bob for the weekend. I’ll tell you now it was worth the blisters, bug bites and bear paranoia, anyways, whiskey always tastes better in wilderness. Continue reading

Hoot Owl Restrictions Update: Keep Em’ Wet Edition

First Fish on the cursed rod

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It’s only mid July and more rivers are falling victim to the lack of water making its way down from the mountains. In addition to the western district rivers already under Hoot-Owl fishing restrictions the F.W.P has released a list of several Central District rivers going under Hoot-Owl effective today. The list is as follows…

  • Beaverhead River from Anderson Lane to the confluence with the Big Hole River
  • Ruby River from Duncan District Road to confluence with the Beaverhead River
  • Shields River from its mouth upstream to its confluence with Smith Creek
  • Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters
  • Lower Gallatin River from its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks upstream to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners
  • East Gallatin River from its origin (at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Bear Creek) to its confluence with the West Gallatin River

Friendly reminder that just because your favorite stream isn’t listed doesn’t mean its okay to fish. Be responsible and make sure the water is cool enough to be fishing. Scroll down a bit to the
“Hot & Wet Edition” for a few recommendations to help avoid killing fish. For the most up to date list of river closures you can always check out the F.W.P website HERE.

~Cheers, Chewy

PURPLE HAZE

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Perhaps some of you don’t know the origin of  Purple Haze. A few years ago, 1966 to be exact, a young incredibly talented  guitar player known as Jimi Hendrix recorded an album (vinyl of  course) titled “Are You Experienced”. One of many great cuts on that large black disc was “Purple Haze”.   During “those” years there were all sorts of colors of haze.

Several years ago a Montana Fly Fishing guide (Andy C.) on the Bitterroot  River thought he would alter the infamous, most common, well used & preferred, generic May Fly dry “The Adams” Basically all that was done was the grey body material has been replaced with purple. I first started fishing purple on a variety of flies 3 to 4 years ago. On streamers, on drys, on nymphs, on literally anything that would cast from the terminal end of my tippet. I have been having ridiculously fine results and from the volume of purple material in our fly tying room and the requests for more and more patterns tied in purple so have many others anglers.  If you have not tried that color YOU SHOULD!

In the above posted photo you will see 2 varieties of Purple Haze. One will be fun to catch fish with the other will be the result of reckless abandon in an un-named slippery like goose snot creek. One I highly recommend the other would be something to avoid “at all cost”

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