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Top Shots from Yesterday – Update from the Fall Field Campaign

The Fall Field Campaign Continues…

Yesterday was a grand day out as Steve Johnson and I fished a private high altitude lake near Emigrant, MT.

With all the recent rain, the rivers were blown out so it was convenient that we could “shoe horn” our way on to this secluded Rainbow paradise.

The scenery was spectacular and the trout were fat and powerful.  They fed all day on size 18 Calibetas midges presented on 5 X mirage tippet.

The Campaign moves back to upstate NY for “Round two” of Salmon early next week then to Titusville FL for Redfish on September 28-30.

Be sure to book your final reservations for October and November.


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Fourth of July Update from Montana

Friends of FFP.

It was a “Nat Geo” type day in Livingston MT on July 4th fishing tiny dry flies with Charlie Conn on Armstrong Spring Creek.  The fish were selective but catchable in the brilliant sunshine, sipping size # 20 midges throughout the day.  The largest fish pushed the tape at just over 19 inches and took me on a mad chase down river about 100 yards. Continue reading »

Fishing Update May 20, 2012: Anaconda, MT

Fly Fishing Portraits, LLC - 2012 Rainbow TroutNormally, one would not think that the nation’s largest Superfund site would harbor any fish at all. Let alone monster trout. Yet, that is the case in Anaconda Montana located approximately 15 miles west of Butte.  The Anaconda Settling Ponds and Silver Bow Creek are part of the Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area, which is managed by the State of Montana. We have come to refer to “Warm Springs” as the gallery hatchery because of its abundant Brown and Rainbow trout that can exceed 10 Lbs.  From April 20th and 21st, Ron Burnside, Jim Squyres and I caught and released 175 fish and at least 30 of them were over 20 inches.  In the picture below, Jim is proudly displaying a 24+ inch rainbow that was unblemished.  While this is a terrific fishery (especially for novices), be prepared to fish with nymphs in the size 18 to 22 range and also expect best fish to hide in unexpected places (hunkered down in very fast water).  We hope you enjoy the portraits.  T.O.

Fly Fishing Portraits, LLC - Jim Squyres with Rainbow Trout

Fishing Update May 12, 2012: One of Bozeman’s Secret Spots

Fly Fishing Portraits, LLC

Throughout the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana there are hundreds of spring creeks and ponds that contain some spectacular trout.  In one such pond that covers less than one third of an acre, there are numerous fish that exceed 10 Lbs.  I’ve had the privilege of fishing there on three occasions in the past month where “the census” has yielded dozens of fish between 16 and 20 inches and at least eight rainbows between 5 and 10 Lbs.  Pictured here is one of my favorite fishing partners, Ron Burnside from Colorado Springs, CO.  The smile he radiates is contagious, the fish are epic and the condition/fitness of the fish are possibly the healthiest we’ve ever experienced.  I know that there is a 12 pounder there Fly Fishing Portraits, LLC(because I’ve had him on the line) but there’s a reason that these fish are that large – food is abundant and they’re very educated!  Expect spring creek conditions in these remote/private fisheries and don’t expect to catch much on flies larger than size 16.  We hope you enjoy the portraits in the gallery.  T.O.