Countdown to F3T…. 5 DAYS!!

 

FullSizeRender

That’s right folks, only 5 DAYS left before the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour!! We’ve still got tickets for sale here in our Helena Shop, save some cash and possible heartache by getting them NOW! Only $15 to get in the door (cash or check only), $18 if you wait until you show up to the door (assuming we haven’t sold out)!! Come out and support the Pat Barnes chapter of Trout Unlimited and grab some free stuff out of the  big ole’ box of schwag  from the guys at F3T that showed up today! Some cool stuff from Temple Fork Outfitters, Costa Sunglasses, Beverage Coozies from Fishpond & free download cards of the Stonefly Magazine! Also two of you lucky folks may be taking home one of two BIG PRIZES! Free with the cost of admission comes a chance to win one of two incredible fly fishing adventures:

Grand Prize: Continue reading

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2015…Where Will it Take You?

 

FullSizeRender

Only 9 DAYS left to get your tickets to the 2015 F3T at Grandstreet Theater here in Helena hosted by the Pat Barnes Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Thats right people, your well spent money doesn’t go to some Hollywood uppity-up, it goes to the hard working folks at TU working hard to protect and promote healthy fisheries and fish all over the good ole’ US of A and right here in Montana! Only $15 (CASH or CHECK) gets you in the door, unless you procrastinate until you show up, then it’ll cost you $18 at the door (IF ANY ARE LEFT). Come out for an great evening of entertainment including raffles, door prizes, sweet tasty beer from Helena’s best breweries and a chance to win a trip to Belieze!  Check out some of the trailers for a few of the films included in this years tour down below and remember to get down to our Helena shop and get your tickets soon!

-GO HAWKS!

Continue reading

Missouri River Fishing Report 01/21/15

Zach with a nice Rainbow from the canyon on a calm day

Zach with a nice Rainbow from the canyon on a calm day

Flows Below Holter: 4860 cfs…. Water Temperature: 33.8° F….

Flows Below Hauser: 5120 cfs…. Water Temperature: COLD….

Fingers crossed for the week ahead. If the weather man is right, it could be the break lots of use have been waiting for! Kick cabin fever in the gonads and get out there people! Looking like temps peaking this weekend with highs around 50 in Wolf Creek and the greater Helena area.  Flows have been steady below the dams so the fish should be feeding pretty steadily sub-surface and with warming temps and relatively calm conditions forecasted keep an eye out for midges coming out and fish looking up. Toss the bobber aside for a while and punch your tag for a January dry. Check the list at the bottom for my humble fly suggestions….

Cool stuff coming up too at our Helena shop! Continue reading

DO YOU LIKE CHICKEN?

wall-of-whiting-farms-feathersMe too! Barbecue, baked, broiled & broasted.
However the edible critter is not what I am referring to. Those of us who “lose ‘em in the summer and tie ‘em in the winter” know of what I speak. That incredibly beautiful, genetically spectacular, OMG bird of valuable feathers. The hen gives us the softer with more web and downy pelt. The rooster on the other hand provides we fly tiers with that long, stiff, web-free plumage so necessary to create the perfect dry fly.

It may be a cape / neck or it may be the saddle depending on the task. The colors choices and variations seem endless. Grizzly, browns, dun, black, cream, ginger, badger and the ever elusive Cree to mention a few. I keep all my best feathers in a red cedar box I built over 25 years ago. Continue reading

Missouri River Fishing Report 1/12/15

bens-bow-on-the-mo

Flows: 4670 cfs…. Water Temperature: 34.2° F….

Freezing Fog..that’s what its like in Helena today, but the Live Web Cam shows some sun hitting the MO’. This weekend temps were just right for some good Winter fishing. The kids and I tried ice fishing for the first time on Spring Meadow Lake, while Ben, our new employee, and Chris floated the MO’. Both adventures proved to be very productive for catching trout. Take a shovel! There is a pile of gravel at the dam that came in handy to help with some traction.

HOT Streamers: Buggers of Black, Olive and Purple color, Kreelex Clouser, Sparkle Minnow, Polar Minnow

HOT Nymphs: Firebeads, Pink Lighting Bug, Pheasant Tails, Scuds, Zebra Midges

HOT Dries: Really no action here yet, but if you gotta throw it try Midge patterns

Remember, CrossCurrents is hosting its’ Beginner Fly Tying Classes in our Helena shop one night a week for five weeks.

For more information, please call CrossCurrents Fly Shop in Helena 406-449-2292, or stop by for a visit.

-Happy Fishing!