Montana: Not Just for Anglers!

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 14, 2019 10:16:13 AM

All photos courtesy of Visit Montana. 

Montana clocks in at over 140 million acres and is the fourth largest state in the union. With over two dozen well-known fly-fishing waters and home to plenty of beautiful and wild trout, anglers the world-over know Montana's great fly fishing.

But, we are also home to some great activities for non-anglers.

With our exciting range of activities for non-anglers, it is also important to understand just how big Montana is—when considering non-angling activities, do some research to learn the proximity of one activity to another or where you may expect to be your home base for your Montana fly fishing trip. Things may not always be an easy down-the-road experience and may require additional logistics. When in doubt, contact us at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to help plan your Montana travel.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

The Two Types of Permit: Atlantic and Pacific

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 13, 2019 3:47:03 PM

If catching your first permit on a fly was an accomplishment, consider catching both species—one in the western hemisphere and one in the eastern hemisphere. Yes, that is correct. Two types of permit exist to further embolden the Trachinotus species as the pinnacle of fly-fishing accomplishment.

The Atlantic permit and the Indo-Pacific permit are regarded as the two primary species responsible for inflicting anguish and elation to anglers dedicated to pursuing permit with a fly rod.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Northern Patagonia, Chile: Los Lagos Region

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 5, 2019 12:47:35 PM

Region Facts

Target Species: Rainbow and brown trout, with occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout

Season: December – March

Major Fisheries: Yelcho, Futaleufu, Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, hot springs

Closest Major Air Hubs: Puerto Montt (PMC)

The southern half of the Los Lagos Region, along with a small section of the northern Aysen region, defines the non-political boundaries of what is commonly considered northern Chilean Patagonia. Anglers have been fishing in this area of Chile for decades. It is home to rivers, creeks, and fjords harboring rainbow and brown trout and occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout. Heading south from Los Lagos’ capital city of Puerto Montt, the connected mainland quickly transforms from forested and fertile agricultural lowlands dotted by broad snowcapped volcanoes, to rugged tracts of untouched, mountainous wilderness.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Montana: Fish the Same River Intimately or Multiple Rivers in One Trip?

Posted by yellowdog on May 31, 2019 7:02:00 AM

Montana is home to hundreds of miles of world-class fly-fishing rivers and creeks. Choosing where to plan your fishing trip can feel like a monumental task, but Montana is Yellow Dog’s home and we know fly fishing in Montana. If you desire native trout in a wilderness river or access to a local brewpub once off the water or a lodge with a professionally trained chef and a first-class wine list, put our experience in Montana to work for you….and our knowledge and services are always free. That’s a win-win.

With as much variety as we have, choosing how to fish Montana requires assistance. The best way to plan a trip is to call us and talk options on fishing the same river or multiple rivers in one trip. But here’s some more food for thought.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Belize: Five Must Have Flies for Northern Belize

Posted by yellowdog on May 30, 2019 6:59:15 AM

Home to a diversity of saltwater flats fly fishing habitats—from reef-side flats to backcountry lagoons to white sand beaches—the saltwater fly fishing in northern Belize offers some of the planet’s most varied opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, and several other species. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures is proud to partner with the region’s lodges and outfitters to provide anglers with unprecedented access to a wide-range of destination lodges and day trip opportunities.

But, none of it matters if you don’t tie the right fly onto the end of your line. Because Yellow Dog and Belize go hand-in-hand and compiled from our decades of experience fly fishing in Belize, here is our list of the Five Must Have Flies for northern Belize.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Montana Fly Fishing Hatches Made Simple

Posted by yellowdog on May 29, 2019 10:42:54 AM

Home to world-class rivers and creeks, an angler in Montana can have a difficult time choosing where to fish or what fly to tie onto the leader. Understanding our local hatches is an important step in the right direction when planning a Montana fly fishing trip.

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Montana Fly Fishing Trips on Freestones vs. Tailwaters

Posted by yellowdog on May 28, 2019 11:06:07 AM

When planning a fly-fishing trip to Montana, choosing the right destination can seem daunting. We’ve got the Bighorn River, Big Hole River, Smith River, spring creeks, backcountry waters, and more. Fortunately, these waters will always be here in Montana and in your life time you can strive to fish them all.

Montana is our home and we take pride in its diversity of fishing. We have the luxury of being able to fish whenever, and usually wherever, we want. Here’s somehelp and knowledge on our two main types of rivers—freestones and tailwaters.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

New Zealand: The Skinny on Fat Fish in Mouse Years

Posted by yellowdog on May 24, 2019 10:45:35 AM

2019/2020 Season Could Be "One of Those Years"

As if the beauty of fly fishing in New Zealand were not enough, there is also a natural phenomenon known as the mouse year that truly must be experienced to be believed.

Photo Note: Look closely to see what this brown trout ate and is now disposing of...

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Montana: Overview of The Missouri, Bighorn, Madison, and Yellowstone Rivers

Posted by yellowdog on May 23, 2019 11:16:09 AM

Montana is home to rugged mountain peaks, broad valleys, and rivers and creeks with several species of wild and native trout. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures has several decades of experience fishing these waters and is proud to partner with a variety of Montana lodges and fishing outfitters. If you are looking for a Montana fly fishing trip, contact Yellow Dog today for our in-depth knowledge and advice or read on to learn more about the Missouri, Bighorn, Madison, and Yellowstone Rivers.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

The Top Seasons For Fly Fishing in Montana

Posted by yellowdog on May 21, 2019 1:12:14 PM


Splendid days afloat, a wild trout taking your well-presented fly, and affirmation from your guide of a job well-done. These are components of a fly-fishing trip when planned correctly are expected. Montana, and its cadre of world-famous rivers and creeks, boasts a lifetime’s worth of waters.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

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