Conditions wise things here on the Missouri River are day to day you have to get out there and see what is going on.Between Guided trips I’ve been getting out with friends or fishing Solo.All enjoyable of course.The Hopper bite can be off and on you have to commit to it if in doubt We have thrown some streamers with good results.To shake things up I have ventured out to some small streams south of Helena in search of Brown Trout which can also be rewarding.Despite the Covid Crap This Season has been a blast.
2020 Summer Forecast
Rivers are now in summer mode and flows remain good.Fishing has been decent to good and we are expecting to have excellent Hopper fishing starting soon.READ OUR CURRENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Reduced Rate Fly-Fishing Trips
We have reduced our Guided fishing Rates for the following Rivers.Pencil In Booking Policy Applies.Due to Covid 19 Precautions We cannot provide lunches in Canada.Clients must pick up their own lunches.
Bow River $600 CAD
S.W. Alberta Rivers $650 CAD
Elk River $600 CAD
Saint Mary River $650 CAD
Canada -United States Border Closure and Bookings
The Border remains closed until August 21st.Therefore we are suggesting that our U.S.Clients that have booked Trips consider shifting their Booking to Montana and The Missouri River.We can help with Lodging Arrangements.We suggest those that want to fish in Canada in August consider our “Pencil in Booking” policy.
2020 Hopper Fishing
With a normal Spring we are expecting another good Hopper Year which we are excited about.With flows expected to be on the high side of normal will mean August should offer some exceptional fishing.
Top River Pics for Montana,Alberta and British Columbia
The Missouri River generally fishes great from mid May well into October.The timeframe that we target is mid May to September.The Missouri River will have excellent flows throughout the season and late July & August will be good.With our new partnership we are able to make fishing on this excellent river happen!
Form the first week of July thru into October.The Bow River which is flows thru Calgary Alberta and is an easy quick Trout fix.If you like big browns and rainbows this is it.With Direct flights from most major US Cities this is an easy trip to put together and requires no rental vehicle.With the current flows we are sure this is going to be great.Have a look at this great Bow River 4 night 3 day fishing Package
The Waterton River -Located in Extreme S.W. Alberta this is a good to very good Brown Trout River.Its floatable in early July then as it drops it is an excellent walk and Wade option for large Brown Trout.
The Oldman River -Located in S.W. Alberta this river has many ‘faces” ranging from Alpine Cutthroat fishing to a medium sized Tailwater Float trip.
The Elk River in and around Fernie B.C. should be primo throughout July, August and into September.
If you are looking at booking dates please do sooner than later.Call us @ 800-453-3991,text us @520-604-2729 0r email us.
Let’s face it this Corona Virus has placed the World on “pause” until further notice.Fishing Trips requiring flying are being postponed or canceled severely impacting the Fy-Fishing Industry especially Destination Guides, Oufitters and Lodges as no one wants to risk travel and you cant blame them.I had high hopes of traveling north to Ontario to help a friend out with his Guide Service focusing on Great Lakes Steelhead,that would be a kick I thought but now the U.S. -Canada Border is closed.
So much for that great idea.A case of “Cabin Fever” has also set in and I am thinking I may have to continue to lay low and perhaps squash my guide season in Montana and Alberta which would result in me staying right here in Patagonia Arizona which for all intensive purposes is not the Fly-Fishing Capitol of the World.If that scenario becomes reality Ill miss my northern fishing season however the main thing is stay healthy and limit contact with People.
Hopefully this situation that we are in sorts itself out sooner than later, but in the mean time I plan on fishing local.Checking out different Bass Lakes and perhaps some Small Arizona Trout Streams,places I have never been before but wanted to go.I’m sure a lot of you are having the same thoughts and want to make the best of a crappy situation.
If you live in the east or Midwest perhaps its time you checked out that Smallmouth Bass River you have heard about but never fished,or that little creek that via the rumor network you heard holds Brook Trout the further up you go.East Coasters have a myriad of Salt Water opportunities and if you live close to the Great Lakes their Tribs offer shots at some decent migratory rainbow and brown trout plus various Salmon Species.Farm Ponds stocked with Bass or Panfish can be a hoot ,sure its not Rocky Mountain Trout fishing but all this could be close to your home.Speaking of which, if you live in the West generally you don’t have to go far to find a Trout Stream,maybe this is the year you get into fly-fishing Alpine Lakes or getting off the Tailwaters and fishing back country streams for Cuttys.
Of course all of the above might require some tackle and Fly purchases and rather than order everything online give your friendly neighborhood Fly-Shop a call,Im sure they would love to hear from you and need the business.A suggestion to limit your contact with fly-shop staff would be to order your flies, leaders and hopefully that new rod and reel over the phone and have everything ready to roll for pick up or maybe delivery.
The people that are really going to hurt while this pandemic carries on are Guides.If you enjoy fishing with a local guide why not give him or her a call and see how they are doing ? Question them on what they have been doing to prevent the spread of this virus, most I’m sure have been laying low tying flies or fishing solo.If you are comfortable with their precautions and they are with yours perhaps book a trip.A few Caveats to add would be you would take your own vehicle and follow the guide, if you are floating have your rig shuttled also.I would suggest providing your own lunch and drinks, finally consider tying your own flies on your tippet.This would give you a chance to get out with a Pro,help a fellow Human out while at the same time ensuring social distance is maintained.
At the end of the day we will all get through this.Of course taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of and catching the Corona Virus is on everyone’s mind.However you still need to go fishing and I’m hoping these suggestions help.Stay Healthy and Safe Amigos !
As our 2019 Season Fly-Fishing Season Ends we are excited about what lays ahead in 2020.We will be active on Montana’s Missouri River starting In May of 2020 along with our regular operations in Southern Alberta ,namely the
and S.W.Alberta.Andres will be looking after the B.C. Operation allowing us to be more focused in Montana and Alberta.
We are working on some stellar lodging options in both areas so stay tuned as our vision unfolds!