Big Bugs

The Big bugs. But not always. We love them, but we really love the fish that gorge themselves on them. Skwalas, Nemouras, Goldens, Salmon.

We dig ’em.

Bitterroot River Skwala

The bigger ones…

Bitterroot River Fly Fishing

The smaller ones…

Rock Creek Salmon Fly

The colorful ones…

We love all of them and really cant get enough. We have visions of spring in our minds. It will be here before you know it.

-The MAngler

Tying Season

Lots of people in the shop stocking up on tying materials the past few days. It’s that time of year when the rivers are pretty icy and tying can be a great way to prepare yourself for the upcoming season. All of us here at the shop have been rebuilding our boxes.

Skwalas will be here before you know it. It’s already the second week of January. Don’t let it surprise you.

Skwala on the Bitterroot

We have decide that our tying nights here at the shop will be on Thursday nights. The winter version of our popular Friday night BBQ. Bugs, Suds, and a good time. We will be starting this Thursday around 5:30. Anyone is welcome. Bring your vice and materials to crank out some bugs. See you there!

-The MAngler

Friday Tying Night?

We are wanting to continue the Friday night theme through the winter here at the MAngler with a tying nights. Not a class structure. Just food, cold beer, fishing videos, and fly tying.

Summer BBQ

A good time for people to get excited about the upcoming season and to fill their boxes. Maybe learn a few secret bugs from other people along the way. Its already January and spring fishing will be here before you know it. So we want to make sure you are ready in the fly arena of your fishing game plan.

Let us know if you would be interested so we can plan accordingly

-The MAngler

What Winter Is For

Tying. Cleaning the boat. Collecting the crushed beer cans out of your boat bag. Repairing rods. Replacing lines. And more tying. Tying more nights than not.

Tricos, Drakes, The Big Stones, Worms, Rubber legs, and the list goes on.

If you don’t want to buy ’em. You gotta tie ’em.

But now is a pretty good time to stock up on the bugs you don’t want to tie. All flies in the shop are 65% off. A screamin’ deal.

Rusty Spinner

As for the bugs you don’t mind tying. We have you covered. Seems like a lot of folks are getting a good start on tying for the nest season. Lots of materials for chubby’s, tricos, worms,  and streamers have been heading home to someones tying desk. We have been tying a variety of bugs for our own boxes. Ants, Hoppers, Biot body tricos, Goldens, and anything else that seemed to move fish last year, but need a little adjustment. Now is the time to create the next great bug.

If you don’t tie but want to, we have a few options. There are still a few (one or two) spots left in our tying classes. Give us a call at the shop for more information about that. We will also start doing our winter version of the popular Friday Night BBQ. After the holidays we will start doing Friday Tying Night. Less of a class like atmosphere and more tying bugs, watching fishing videos, eating, and B.S.

We have everything you will need to tie up next years bugs. We are the shop in Missoula for the Angler who ties their own bugs.

-The MAngler

Mid Week Fish Photo

The winter fishing this year has been great. We have been fishing a lot since the guiding season has slowed down and have managed to fish a handful of really great trout.

Get out and fish. You can fish all day and not see anyone else. It’s a change of pace after a busy summer. The fish are now all moved to their winter water and when you find one, chances are there are more down there. The worm, Eggs, Rubberlegs, King prince, and the Micro Mayfly have all been catching fish. Don’t forget your streamer box either.

Stop by the shop for 55% off all flies in stock. Lots of folks in today stocking up for next season with Stone flies, Streamers and Hoppers. All Scott A4 fly rods are also on sale for 20% off. That’s only  $300 for an A4.

MFC Boat Boxes are also on sale for 25% off.

-The MAngler