Tips for Choosing a Fishing Lodge

When it comes time to choose the perfect fly fishing destination in Montana for your upcoming trip, one important consideration to make is its proximity to a great fishing lodge. The right fishing lodge can assist you in collecting all of the appropriate gear you need and even offer pre-arranged guided trips during your stay. […]

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Proust, French Nymphing in Montana

Proust, French Nymphing in Montana The Twenty Foot Leader. Meet Laurent Guillermin, easily the best fishermen that I have ever guided. He lives with his family near the town of Bourg en Bresse in France. Once, I watched him pick off an 18″ rainbow inside of a 32 oz Big Gulp in front of a […]

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Getting Into Fly Fishing

It is a rare case when someone tries something for the first time and excels, and fly fishing in Montana is no different. Even if you have all of the necessary fly fishing gear and book a Smith River fly fishing vacation, it may take some time to get used to the sport. Watch this […]

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What to Know About Your Guided Fly Fishing Expedition

Montana fly fishing trips are popular because they can be challenging, rewarding, and entertaining. If you have never been fly fishing, however, there are a few things you should know. Continue reading if you would like an overview of what you need to know about your guided fly fishing expedition. Pack Appropriately The best way […]

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On the road again…

Mike will be presenting information about our fly fishing vacations down the Smith River and stays at Healing Waters Lodge at the following locations: Thursday, March 19, starting at 6 p.m., ORVIS Store, 1650 Deming Way, Greenway Station, Suite 114, Middleton Wisconsin, telephone: 608-831-3181 Saturday, March 21, starting at 1 p.m., ORVIS Store, Bayshore Town […]

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How to Choose a Fly Reel

you are gearing up for a fly fishing trip in Montana, it is important to be prepared with the right fly fishing equipment; the wrong type of gear may lead you back to the fly fishing lodge frustrated and angry. Next time you go Smith River fly fishing, be sure to inspect your equipment ahead […]

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Fishing for the Purpose of Life

Fishing for the Purpose of Life Three months after Hurricane Katrina, I arrived in New Orleans as a Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer. The view from the bridge over the Mississippi River revealed a city destroyed but not beaten. You saw a sea of blue tarps serving as roof-tops keeping the rain out. The Red […]

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What to Bring to Your Montana Fishing Trip

As is the case with any other task, journey, or project that life presents to you, you will always have more fun on a Montana fly fishing trip if you come prepared. This means that you will need to come bearing the proper fly fishing equipment, wearing the right clothing, and wielding an open mind. […]

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How to Cast with Nymphs

Montana fly fishing can be relaxing, fulfilling, and most importantly fun. However, heading out on a fly fishing vacation with no knowledge of how to cast a fly fishing fly can quickly lead to frustration. Whether you are new to Smith River fly fishing or you simply need a reminder, watch this video for a […]

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Casting Tips for Fly Fishing

Montana fly fishing differs from other types of fishing in a number of ways, and casting is one of them. This is mainly due to the fact that fly fishing flies are not weighted like traditional fishing bait. Feel free to continue reading if you would like to learn about a few types of casting […]

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