• Reverse Drag of the Patriot Fly Reel

    Reverse Drag of the Patriot Fly Reel

    To reverse the drag of the Patriot Fly Reel to cater towards your Left Hand or Right Hand Retrieve follow these easy steps: Step 1 - remove spool from the reel Step 2 - use the flathead screw driver to remove the exposed cap of the red drag housing Step 3 - use the Phillips head screw driver to remove the screw which is holding...
  • Stringing Up Your New Fly Line

    Stringing Up Your New Fly Line

    The basic steps to setting up your new fly line without getting ANY tangles!
  • Left Hand vs Right Hand Retrieve

    Left Hand vs Right Hand Retrieve

    We get this question all the time and figured it was about time we sat down and wrote a little post on it to help you decide the correct handing of your reel!  The "handing" of the retrieve refers to the hand that you will be reeling your monster brown trout in with.  The opposite hand is the one that will be holding the...
  • The 10' 5wt Rod vs. the 9' 5wt Rod

    The 10' 5wt Rod vs. the 9' 5wt Rod

    Whatsup with the 10' 5wt?
  • New Fluorocarbon Tippet Spools in Stock!

    New Fluorocarbon Tippet Spools in Stock!

    We have successfully completed the redesign of our fluorocarbon tippet spools!  Slightly larger diameter - accommodates the 55 yards of the larger diameter tippet (0x-2x) much more efficiently Size denoted on the band - sporting a band with the size denoted for easier stream side access and on boat navigation Easily snap together - the inner portion of the tippet spool allows the various...
  • How are we so much cheaper than the Big Brands?

    How are we so much cheaper than the Big Brands?

    How we are able to sell quality products at an affordable price!
  • The Life of a Caddisfly

    The Life of a Caddisfly

    Caddisfly Life Cycle Caddisflies, formally known as Trichoptera, are commonly found on rivers, lakes, and streams throughout the U.S. West and around the world. The definition of the ancient Greek word means “Hairy Wings,” and rightfully so.   With all of the bugs that thrive in the rivers of Montana, the caddis seem to be the most prominent and active within the system. The...
  • Fall Fishing in Montana

    Fall Fishing in Montana

    This is one of the first years where I have spent the entirety of the fall in Montana. Prior to this year I would visit Bozeman for a couple of days here and there, but after moving to Bozeman to attend Montana State University I have been enjoying the crisp morning air, the changing of colors on the trees, and the unforgettable days on...
  • Lessons That Last a Lifetime

    Lessons That Last a Lifetime

    Like a lot of people, I associate fishing with my dad. Not because it’s all he ever did (he was more of a putterer, always tinkering with something or chopping down trees). Not because he loved it more than just about anything (he liked to fish, but it wasn’t something he did whenever he got the chance). I think of my dad when fishing...
  • All Fisherman Are Liars

    Fishing is one of those things that really gets into your mind and warps the way you think. It causes you to get excited about odd things like bugs and exactly how much water is moving through your favorite creek at a pretty specific time. You start planning family vacations around things like bugs and, yes, exactly how much water is going to be...
  • Staying In The Zone

    “Strip, strip, strip” suddenly a buttery slab the size of your forearm comes out of nowhere and slams your streamer! Me, not paying attention, see it too late to get a hook set, and that pig goes back into that logjam, never to be seen again. This same scenario has played out more times than I want to admit. Maybe I was admiring the...
  • Spare Flies

    The odometer read 40 mph as I crawled up highway 200 during a snow flurry. I was on my way up the Blackfoot to fish one of my favorite spots on the river. We were supposedly in the middle of fall, but Montana had other ideas. As i turned off onto Johnsrud Park Road, I glanced at the temperature, and thanked the Lord I...
  • Don't Be Those People

    Picture this: You're at your secret fishing spot. This small creek is one of the best kept secrets of the Ozark. You can almost guarantee that when you're out there you won't see anyone else the entire day. Just you, God, and hopefully some wild trout. The tree in the middle of the creek provides perfect cover from the wary rainbows, allowing you to...
  • The Fly Tying Experience For Beginners Pt. 3.1

    PART III – THE FLY TYING EXPERIENCE FOR BEGINNERS, BY A BEGINNER If you’ve made it this far and decided to go the cheapest route possible you should not have spent more than $50.00 and you have all the tools and materials you need to tie several flies.  So- get to tying.  Find out if you like it or not.  Tie up a caddis...
  • The Fly Tying Experience For Beginners Pt. 3.2

    Throughout this process, remember that practice makes perfect.  You may not end with a beautiful fly the first time but you will get there.  One thing I like to keep in mind, because I  know my flies end up rarely like I want them too, is just because your fly doesn’t look like floor room quality, as long as it’s close- the fish won’t...
  • The Fly Tying Experience For Beginners Pt. 1

    As a fly fisherman we’ve all had (or will have) one of those days when the guy or gal fishing alongside you, or across the river is stripping in fish after fish and you can’t seem to even turn one.  The more time you spend on the water the more you realize how particular fish can be.  Not just trout, any fish.  I’ve experienced...
  • The Fly Tying Experience For Beginners Pt. 2

    First off let me eliminate some of your excuses if you’re like I was originally. You have fat, uncoordinated fingers.  So do I.  It’s alright.  Certain things may take you longer to learn or be harder for you to do, but they’re all possible.  The tools will assist you and do most of the work so your bear paws don’t have to. You can’t...
  • My Place

    My Place A dream. A vision. A picturesque landscape. A connection with nature. A vivid memory. A trophy catch. A bond between individuals. A longing to return. At the forefront of each anglers mind, there is a defining place, one that fuels and emulates a sense of existence. Although the words to precisely describe such a place may not exist in our language, the...
  • Last Minute Christmas Idea!

    Undoubtedly, some of you will have a last-minute gift that you are struggling with and aren’t sure what to get or weren’t sure so you guessed and are assuming they will return it. I am not here to help. If you were stumped it was probably a gift for a friend or relative that doesn’t fish. If they were are a person that spent...
  • Check Yourself Pt. 2 - Planning a Trip to Fly Fish Montana

    Check Yourself Pt. 2 - Planning a Trip to Fly Fish Montana

    Contributor: Shaun Baggitt, Maine Photo Cred: Alexa King   Check Yourself Pt. 2 As you may recall from the first post in this series, making lists is an essential part of travel. If I had done that prior to writing these posts, I may not have forgotten to include what I consider to be an important part of the packing process, in my last post. Pack as...
  • Dry Flies and Lessons Learned

    Dry Flies and Lessons Learned

    Trust 1. Love. Dry Flies. As I’m sure you’ve read in a thousand different fly fishing tales and have experienced for yourself, there is nothing quite like watching a fish crush a big foam fly. Bass, trout, panfish, doesn’t matter. My obsession with foam dry flies has its roots in my days using spinning gear for striped bass. Mid to late summer on Cape...
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