Sunday, October 4, 2015

Good End To The Weekend

Late Morning Brown Trout 
I got up early and fished from 7:30am-11am today. Things were real slow at first. Water temperatures around these part really plummeted in the last few days. This could of caused the slow fishing early on for me. The last 45 minutes fished pretty well trailing some streamers off a stonefly. The streamers were taking the bigger fish. There is a warm up in the forecast this upcoming week....can't wait for next weekend.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Horrible Weather Equals Good Fishing

Best Fish Of The Float 

I floated with my buddy Don today. The weather was.....well Montana in the fall. High Winds, Cold Temps and damn cold rain! We almost thought about backing out prior to put-in but I'm glad we didn't. A slow morning of chucking meat really turned into a great outing.
White Wooly Bugger

The fish turned onto streamers right around lunch-time and the last half of the float was action packed. We got some really quality fish on a variety of sculpin patterns and we both forgot about the cold for a few hours. I've heard nothing but good things about fishing in Montana during the month of didn't disappoint.

It Was A Streamer Kind Of Day 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Starting To Figure Things Out

Great Brown Laying In Shallow Water 

So I've been in Montana for 6 weeks and I finally feel like I'm starting to figure things out a little bit. My catch rate has become more consistent over the past 4 outings. Part of that is because I've decided to try and stick to 3-4 streams instead of jumping to 5-6 and never really getting to KNOW the water.
What Braid Will Fish The Best?
This Bow Took Me Into My Backing 

The section of river I have been fishing the most has been LIGHTS OUT lately. I've been able to put up really good numbers and some quality fish too. All the action has been while TL. TL is a challenge out here because of the wind. Usually if you get up early enough you can manage a few hours before the wind gets too you. The rivers are becoming void of anglers too so the fish have been much less pressured. I really hope the weather holds out for another month I could get used to this kind of fishing!

Another Quality Fish 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Weekend

I spent the majority of Labor Day Weekend hiking and sight seeing around the West Yellowstone area. Night-time temperatures plummeted into the high 20's, but that has meant the fishing all over has picked up. I only manged to get out for a few hours after my trip on Friday but the fishing was fantastic. #18-20 BWO's poured off in the late afternoon. TL a PT in the good looking runs proved to be deadly. I hope the fall fishing continues to be stellar.......

Friday, September 4, 2015

Good Start To The Weekend

Nymph Eater 
Scenic Wonderland 

Temperatures have dropped significantly out here in Montana and the fishing has picked up as well. I ventured to a famous river today and the action didn't disappoint. Tight-Line Nymphing in the early morning proved to be deadly, and a few go to PA patterns knocked these Montana Trout on there butts. The wind picked up in the afternoon which limited the TL but nymphing was still effective under the TB.
Average Size Fish For The Day 

Reminded Me Of The Bows Back Home 

When the sun went behind the clouds I tried to throw some big meat but only manged a few fish and even few chasers. The crowds have diminished for the most part around here.......Fall is right around the corner.....can't wait to see how the fishing is!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Smokey Montana

Getting A Few Fish On The Gallatin 

The past few weeks Montana has scene an upswing in forest fires. As a result the awesome mountain views I was blessed with for the first few weeks have gone away. Each morning you get to wake up to the smell of forest fire and the distant views are clouded in a plume of smoke.
Don connecting with a solid stone brown 
Paradise Valley

I've been fishing for a few hours here and there, and put my first full day in on the Yellowstone this past Thursday. This river is officially kicking my butt. I did get to move a few good browns but nothing would commit to my streamer. Hopper fishing has been non-existent for me so far. The water temps were slightly high for a few weeks but recently came down after a few cold nights. The only thing I have figured out so far out here is how to slay whitefish lol. Hopefully in the coming weeks to trout turn back on and I can finally score a good Yellowstone 2 footer.....

Small Stream With Good Structure 

Sunday, August 9, 2015


A Great Yellowstone Cutthroat 

I finally started work this week and things have been going great. I've been extremely busy but that hasn't stopped me from getting out on the water a few times. Finally got some action on a hopper today, and the reward was some awesome Yellowstone Cutthroats. The wife and I have been logging some serious vertical as of late too.....our East Coast legs are getting a workout!

Awesome Views Right Outside The Back Door 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Catching Fish Here And There

Spotted these guys on my drive to the stream today

There's so much water out here to fish, it's making my mind spin! I've been trying to hit different waters each time I go out. Most of the time this is just a 2-3 hour thing early in the morning. The fishing has been solid, only 1 morning has stuck out to me as being slow. Each new stream presents it's own new challenges but I'm having a fun time trying to figure things out. Even if the learning curve has been slow for me....the scenery has been top-notch.
Awesome sunrise over the mountains

One disappointing thing so far is I haven't had any dry fly action. I'm thinking this is mostly due to the time of day I am fishing. Maybe next week I'll get to fish in the evening after work a night to see if bugs are popping.

Got into some consistent fishing for bigger fish today

50 mile riffle......where are they laying! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Exploring New Water

Low Numbers But Good Quality

Pristine Setting

As most of you already know, I moved to Bozeman last week. From a fishing standpoint it doesn't get much better. There are so many miles of quality trout water it can make your head spin. I started off exploring some water really close to home and it was very good for smaller fish. Later in the week I ventured into some of the bigger water and was rewarded with a good fish. I had to change my tactics when fishing the bigger water but it was a fun change. I didn't get into any dry fly fishing yet, I'm hoping I can huck some hoppers soon.
Small Water But Good Fishing

Being surrounded by the mountain ranges out here is really special, add in all the wild trout and you have yourself a trout paradise. I hope to continue to explore new water each time I go out in the next few weeks. It already snowed so fall isn't too far off in these parts........
Lower Gallatin 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stress Reliever

Stress Reliever 
The past few weeks have been a whirl wind for me. After coming home from an Epic Vacation in Central PA my life turned upside down. A few crazy things happened at work and now I'm moving to Bozeman Montana in a few days. Not a bad place to end up but stressful to say the least. I needed to clear my head this morning and wet a line. Options were tough to come by, most of our waterways are high......that seems to be the theme of 2015.
Look at those markings! 

One place was flowing good even with the rains, I ventured out at 5:30 am in hopes to fool some feisty wild browns and brookies. This place didn't disappoint. The fishing was lights out for the 4 hours I was there. I always do well when flows are higher then normal here. Fishing close to the banks with my Tight-Line rig is the way to go. The best part was I had the entire stream to myself. Good Times.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Timing Things Right

Impressive Size This Year 
Timing Things Right 
Wild Brown 

Blizzard Sulphur Spinner 
Andy Scoring A Fatty 

Timing things right in the world of fly fishing can be a hard task to complete. Anglers only have so much time to dedicate to the sport, so when the opportunity presents itself to get out on the water, each and everyone of us hopes for the best conditions possible. That doesn't happen often. Too much sun, too little water, too many people or a nasty thunderstorm can ruin your day quickly.
Dad Working On His Drift 

Well the Grobe Family had an 8 day fishing excursion planned recently and let me tell you......we timed it RIGHT! Cool temperatures, overcast skies and low water created an epic scene that will go down as one of the best fishing vacations of our lives.
Found This Guy Right Off A Log 

From snakes to 20+ inch trout, the days were filled with so much excitement I didn't know where the time went. All 8 days feel like a jumbled blur now. All I can tell you is the fish rose to mayflies and ate subsurface so frequently that our numbers were downright silly at times. Add in the impressive browns that were netted and we got everything you could ask for.
My Favorite Catch Of The Trip 

The Slate Drakes and #14 BWO'S came off in the afternoon and had fish looking to the surface. A few extremely productive patterns under the surface racked in big numbers for us the entire trip. We tried to shy away from the crowds and that proved to be a very rewarding move.

Time to let the pictures tell the rest of the story:


Beast From The East

Early Morning Fish

Laying Near The Bank

Swift Water Score

Murky Water Helped The Fishing

Can't Get Enough Of These Wild Browns

Epic For Sure! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crowds Galore

Sparsely Spotted Wild Brown

The bugs are hatching and the crowds are out. Add in the extremely low water and you have yourself a circus on the regulated waters in our state. I ventured up to a favorite limestoner this past weekend and was taken back by the number of fisherman that were out. Oh well, you can either deal with it or explore other waterways, I chose to do a little of both.

The water felt extremely warm for this time of year, add in the low water and 80 degree temperatures and I felt like I was fishing in July. We still caught fish but not in the numbers that we had hoped for. The bugs were solid, especially at night. March Browns, March Brown Spinners, Sulphurs and Tan Caddis were present in good enough numbers that we expected some decent dry fly action. That wasn't the case. Only a few small fish rose throughout the evening......disappointing to say the least.

We are in the midst of a cool spell right now, wish I was able to fish this entire week. I'm hoping the cool nights stick around as long as possible, we have a big trip planned for the end of the month.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Heat Wave

My best fish of the trip 

Taking a page out of the Troutbitten handbook.....Grobe Anglers Gay Double Selfie

Yep, that's what I call it. HEAT WAVE.  It's very abnormal to have  4 straight days of high 80's in the early part of May, but that's what us PA fisherman have been dealing with lately. I think Mother Nature decided to just skip out on spring all together this year. It feels like only yesterday when I was complaining about low water and frozen streams. Then runoff set in and our flows were very high for a few weeks. Now we rushed into the dog days of summer and stream temperatures are WAY above normal. I took took the temperature of a famous limestoner today and it read 64 degrees at 8 am this morning. We need some cooler night time temperatures badly.
Seeking out those shallow riffles

Even though the elements haven't been ideal, my family and I still managed to get out on some waterways the past few days. My local favorite has been fishing extremely slow to start of the year so there's not much to report there. I've put in a few decent day's and don't have much to show for it.
Caddis Larva Taking Fish Regularly On This Trip 
Andy getting it done in the pocket water 

 We hit up a few limestoners that fished pretty well even in the sun and heat. The tan caddis came off in solid numbers but the fish still seem to be ignoring this surface meal. Everyone's favorite hatch, The Sulphur, has started but also hasn't provided much action mid-day. I haven't been around for the spinner fall but I got some reports of good fishing at dusk.
Rising fish fell victim to a PT 
Close up

Most of our luck is still coming under the surface with various may fly nymph's and Caddis imitations. Making sure your flies "Tick" off the bottom has been and continues to be essential if you want to score some good numbers. The trout seem to really be congregating in shallow riffles for an easy meal, at least those are the trout willing to eat on a daily basis. The classic runs that we all love haven't produced very well for me lately. Hopefully this weather will stabilize a little bit in the next few weeks. We have a 9 day fishing vacation planned for the end of the month......keeping our fingers crossed conditions don't deteriorate on us.
Good size of fish for today's outing