The majority of what we do as a fishing guide service is connecting anglers with great fishing guides, usually here in Montanaland, but sometimes in other fishy places as well. Like New Zealand. ...More
The majority of what we do as a fishing guide service is connecting anglers with great fishing guides, usually here in Montanaland, but sometimes in other fishy places as well. Like New Zealand. On the south island. In Nelson, our favorite Kiwi fishing town.
When my cousin Drew contacted me last week asking about the fishing opportunities near Nelson, since he just happened to be there for a week, my response was clear and concise; it's awesome and there's only one guy you need to talk to about it. Tony Entwistle.
My wife and I first fished with Tony in 2000, and similar to my cousin, it was an opportunistic meeting during a brief stay in Nelson. I learned more about New Zealand history, politics, conservation, flora, fauna and culinary delights (meat pies!), with Tony in 2 days than I have in all of my other travels there. He also introduced us to a number of hauntingly huge Kiwi brown trout, some of which we tricked, most which fooled us. A connection was made, as Tony and his wonderful wife Sharon have become great friends of our family, and he has been a great guide mentor for me.
Passing this connection along to my good friend was easy and rewarding to do. I haven't gotten a detailed report of their day on the water, but I get the impression they connected with a few.
If you want to make a new fishing friend in New Zealand look no further than Tony Entwistle's New Zealand Fly Fishing - http://tonyentwistlesflyfishing.co.nz/
Another season of fishing has come to an end here in Montanaland, and we want to thank all of our fishing friends for another great year shared chasing trout together. It was a good one to be ...More
Another season of fishing has come to an end here in Montanaland, and we want to thank all of our fishing friends for another great year shared chasing trout together. It was a good one to be sure, and we are grateful for your business and the amazing angling opportunities we have to offer in the Big Sky state.
It's a bit early to start monitoring snowpack for next season, but it's been stacking up lately and most drainages are about 200% of normal right now. Hopefully we'll keep building on that solid start with the la nina winter that has been forecasted for our region and have plenty of water to get us through the summer season.
For our fishing guides this is the playtime period of the year - big game and bird hunting, skiing all this early snow, and traveling to warmer climes in search of exotic fish. We'll be out there having fun and resting up for next season which will start in a few short months. If you get the itch to fish this winter let us know; there are good opportunities on tailwater rivers and spring creeks when the conditions cooperate.
We're going to keep this Montana fishing report short and sweet, just like the days of October fishing in the Big Sky state. Hope you enjoy the new MFO video above, ...More
We're going to keep this Montana fishing report short and sweet, just like the days of October fishing in the Big Sky state. Hope you enjoy the new MFO video above, we sure had fun making it. Here's what you need to know about fishing in Montana for the next 4-6 weeks, which is about what we have left for the season:
Summer is long gone! After one of the hottest and smokiest summer seasons we have ever seen, the snows of September put out all the fires and brought the temperatures back into the more than reasonable range. It has been downright pleasant for the last few weeks, and the nights have that nice chill that makes you appreciate the afternoon warmth on a sunny day.
Fall fishing is fantastic! The cool weather triggered the fall feeding frenzy out trout have been waiting for. Afternoon mayfly hatches have been thick on most rivers, and they should only get more intense as we head toward November.
Autumn trout are in their prime, and they like to sleep in! The best part about late season fishing is that the trout are as robust as they get all year long, and with cooler water temps you don't have to be on the water early to catch them. It's an afternoon show on the river right now, and when they turn on it's lights out.
We'll be here fishing away for the rest of October and into November, so if you want one last fish fling for 2017 let us know and we'll handle the details.