Opinion Piece

My fellow trout bum Brendon and I spent the last week fishing our way across Montana. While April isn’t the most ideal time to fish the Big Sky region, one has to take every opportunity that they can get! We drove from NorCal through Nevada and Idaho and ended up fishing the Madison River (upper and lower), the Big Hole, the Bighorn River, and the Gallatin River. Since we were fishing a lot of water new to us, we stopped at quite a few fly shops. 

Having spent three decades as a trout bum, I’ve been in fly shops all over the United States (and Canada and even in Africa). From Alaska to Wyoming to Colorado to California to Wisconsin and beyond, I’m a sucker for fly fishing gear and I can’t help stopping by fly shops in order to support local businesses. But I got to tell ya, not every fly shop is helpful!

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