Big Sky Country

Montana has a special place in my heart as I'm sure it does with all Fly Fisherman. Its where I first picked up a fly rod and discovered my new passion in life. I think back to that week I spent with my old man often, it was amazing. Fishing, steaks, pancakes the size of my head... who wouldn't want to go back? It has been over 10 years since  that trip so we decided t's time to head back to the motherland. Luckily we had a Good friend that was guiding for a few lodges up in billings, he invited us up and we didn't have to think twice. We left early thursday morning and loaded up the new fishing rig (Aka the family mini van) complete with custom rod holder inside and cruised on up... After a rough night sleep on a Marriot pull out couch we had our coffee and headed for the river. Once we got out of the city I was completely taken by how beautiful this place was. Sunflower field's, mountains, rivers and blue sky as far as the eye could see. I knew it would be hard to ever leave this place. 

We met our friend Dell at the Bighorn River Lodge and man what a place! If you are ever in the area I highly recommend booking a trip with these guys... Great food, fishing and awesome guides. Ever worn a 100 year old trapper coat? Here, you can. Oh and make sure you try the raw honey in the coffee...Game changer!

 

After playing dress up it was time to hit the water... Our plan was a 3 day float on the Bighorn. If you're not familiar with the Bighorn River it is is a tributary of the Yellowstone and is approximately 461 miles long running through the states of Wyoming and Montana. The river was named in 1805 by fur trader (Hence the sweet Jacket) François Larocque for the Bighorn sheep he saw along its banks as he explored the Yellowstone.  We were there a bit to late to catch the Trico spinner fall (the fall started about 7:00) We decided to sleep in since its a bit of rarity these days. Trying to figure out a new river is a bit tough at times but fishing sunken Trico's off a dropper seemed to be the ticket for the first couple hours on the water. 

 

This trip was also an opportunity to really test out my new 10' 4wt Allen Volant rod... It's an extra medium action rod so its a bit floppy.   I have been up and down on this rod but after using it for a few days straight I'm sold. Its a hell of a rod, and on sale over at www.allenflyfishing.com right now. It was also the maiden voyage of my new custom FeatherFlinger  Brookie net from  risingfish.net Great net, my only complaint is I wish I would have gotten the longer handle, otherwise great net's!

 

Big Sky Country

8/23/2016

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Montana has a special place in my heart as I'm sure it does with all Fly Fisherman. Its where I first picked up a fly rod and discovered my new passion in life. I think back to that week I spent with my old man often, it was amazing. Fishing, steaks, pancakes the size of my head... who wouldn't want to go back? It has been over 10 years since  that trip so we decided t's time to head back to the motherland. Luckily we had a Good friend that was guiding for a few lodges up in billings, he invited us up and we didn't have to think twice. We left early thursday morning and loaded up the new fishing rig (Aka the family mini van) complete with custom rod holder inside and cruised on up... After a rough night sleep on a Marriot pull out couch we had our coffee and headed for the river. Once we got out of the city I was completely taken by how beautiful this place was. Sunflower field's, mountains, rivers and blue sky as far as the eye could see. I knew it would be hard to ever leave this place. 

We met our friend Dell at the Bighorn River Lodge and man what a place! If you are ever in the area I highly recommend booking a trip with these guys... Great food, fishing and awesome guides. Ever worn a 100 year old trapper coat? Here, you can. Oh and make sure you try the raw honey in the coffee...Game changer!

After playing dress up it was time to hit the water... Our plan was a 3 day float on the Bighorn. If you're not familiar with the Bighorn River it is is a tributary of the Yellowstone and is approximately 461 miles long running through the states of Wyoming and Montana. The river was named in 1805 by fur trader (Hence the sweet Jacket) François Larocque for the Bighorn sheep he saw along its banks as he explored the Yellowstone.  We were there a bit to late to catch the Trico spinner fall (the fall started about 7:00) We decided to sleep in since its a bit of rarity these days. Trying to figure out a new river is a bit tough at times but fishing sunken Trico's off a dropper seemed to be the ticket for the first couple hours on the water. 

We had a ball fishing a little off shoot of the main channel but decided to hop in the boat and give the spot a rest. We must have been there at the right time of year because it was fast Fu$%#in fishing! Fish after fish on the double nymph rig. 

This trip was also an opportunity to really test out my new 10' 4wt Allen Volant rod... It's an extra medium action rod so its a bit floppy.   I have been up and down on this rod but after using it for a few days straight I'm sold. Its a hell of a rod, and on sale over at www.allenflyfishing.com right now. It was also the maiden voyage of my new custom FeatherFlinger  Brookie net from  risingfish.net Great net, my only complaint is I wish I would have gotten the longer handle, otherwise great net's!

Overall this trip was amazing! We didn't land any record fish but regardless Montana has quickly become my favorite place to fish... its a one of a kind place. We had plenty of fish to the net, some big ass pancakes and tons of father son bonding. I wouldn't have had it any other way... I just need to convince my wife to buy a cabin in the woods so we can be there full time! 

As always thanks for reading, and make sure you go follow us @Feather_Flinger on our Instagram and the Youtubes for some awesome fly tying videos and fishy pics. 

And a big thank you to our friend Dell Despain for taken us down such great river. If you ever need an amazing guide who can get you on copius amounts of fish make sure you contact him up at www.bighornriverlodge.com

-Tyler Kunz aka @thebeardedflyfisher

Tyler Kunz