Fishing

Keeper Tape
David Howlett
Why didn't I think of this? That's what came to mind as I applied Keeper Tape to my fly rod. This simple but handy product applies a self-adhesive, transparent measuring tape onto your fly rod, and can measure fish up to 36 inches. Read more >>
Montana Fishing Access—MountainWorks
Chris McCarthy
It’s not often that I don’t have my fishing gear with me, which can lead to me looking longingly at a nice little stream, wondering where I can legally access it. MountainWorks Software has eliminated that problem with the release of the Montana Fishing App. Read more >>
Montana Fly Fishing, Yellowstone Fly Fishing
the editors
Mid-spring fly-fishing gear. Read more >>
crampons, fishing wading, anti-slip traction
Howlett, David
Wading out to my favorite fishing spots has always been a precarious operation, and the swift currents, slippery banks, and mossy rocks of Montana’s rivers have left me upended and soaked more times than I’d like to admit. Read more >>
Hobie Mirage Revolution 13
England, Mike
Hands-free boating for summer adventures. Read more >>
fly fishing gear, fly fishing essentials, fishing in Montana, fishing ideas
the editors
What to take for your day on the water Read more >>
chest pack, fishing chest rig, Outside Bozeman
Mike England
Once an essential apparatus, the fly-fishing vest no longer holds hegemony, thanks in large part to innovations like the FHF Gear Fishing Chest Rig. Read more >>
Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, Gallatin River Guides
Jimmy Armijo-Grover
Picking flies for any given day can be an overwhelming task. My advice? Keep it simple. Here are five flies every southwest Montana angler should have. Read more >>
Tucker, David
For a while, I was content to fish from the shore or only wade in a short distance in river shoes. This had a twofold affect. One: I didn’t catch fish. And two: I got cold and wet. Read more >>
Howlett, David
As an avid fisherman, I’ve always been a big fan of Costa sunglasses, so when given an opportunity to review the Luke 580P shades, I quickly jumped at it. Read more >>
Howlett, David
I’ve been fly fishing for years, yet I’m far from being the most elegant or efficient caster. However, my suspect casting ability has been given a recent boost by a stealthy new rod—the Boost BL-950 from Echo. Read more >>
Garmin echoMAP 43DV
Howlett, David
When fishing a large lake like Hebgen, one of the keys to success day is knowing where the fish are and what the lake bottom looks like. Read more >>
fishing watch, waterproof watch, water-resistant watch
England, Mike
Bringing your $200 smartphone on the river is just plain dumb—you went fishing for a reason, and it wasn’t to text your friends about the latest episode of American Idol. Read more >>
fishing rod, fly fishing, 12 foot fly rod, telescoping rod
McCarthy, Chris
Simplicity. That’s become my motto. Leading the way in this newfound quest is the IWANA rod and line from Tenkara USA. Devolving from the full fly-fishing setup, this 12-foot fly rod and corresponding line lets me get on the water quickly. Read more >>
England, Mike
If I hear the word “game-changer” applied to one more piece of new gear, I’m gonna lose my shit. So no, the new Redington Vapen hasn’t changed the game of fly fishing—but it is an innovative rod, one that demonstrates a noticeable difference from its predecessors. Read more >>
Big Sky Rod Box
Dehmer, Kurt
Over the years, many attempts have been made to keep rods fishin’-ready, while still safe from common catastrophes. PVC, rubber-snubbers, magnets, and all other manner of safe-keeping have been contrived to protect these pricey pieces of equipment. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
After 11 years in a 13.5-foot, standard-floor raft, I had a good idea of what I wanted in a new boat. It had to be a self-bailer, have removable thwarts, and since my family was bigger, it needed to be longer and wider. Read more >>
England, Mike
Dry bags will always be standard on the river, but gone are the days of being stuck with the standard blue tube. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
The Yeti Tundra 65 now has a permanent spot on my raft. Built by outdoorsmen, it’s constructed to fit perfectly in the frame, and the 65-quart size is great for a one or two-day float. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
When the water’s warm, it’s hard to beat wading out into the river and feeling the water rushing around your legs. But in the spring, the brisk temps require a little more protection from the elements. Read more >>
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