Fly Fishing Theory

Montana Fly Fishing Guide's Secret to More Fish


How to catch more Trout fly fishing in Montana

Slow Food - Slow Fishing - Slow Down


You have arrived in Craig Montana early to meet your Fly Fishing Guide for a day of fishing on the Missouri River. You see lots of other fisherman hustling around the small fishing Mecca. Everyone is in a hurry, and you assume the same. You are now caught up in the whirl wind of Craig Montana on a summer morning. Good Luck enjoying your day of fishing with that level of anxiety.


When you meet your guide he is going to be in a hurry. He will be grabbing lunches, flies, ice and scheduling a shuttle for the day’s float trip. If you guide’s not a seasoned pro his or her anxiety is going to rub of on you too. Your going to get to the boat launch and your guide still has to hustle around getting the boat ready. You ask if there is anything you can do and your guide will politely say no thank you, relax and enjoy the morning views. But how can you? You have been planning this trip for a whole year. You are excited to get on the water. I don’t blame you either.


In my opinion there is a level of anxiety, excited, that should be there. If you are not excited to go fishing maybe you shouldn’t be going in the first place. However do yourself a favor. When you get your feet wet or step in that boat, clam down, slow down and enjoy the day. You will see, hear, smell things you never would have if you keep up the level of anxiety you had standing in Craig.

The nice part about fishing all the time is that an angler can spare moments for just sitting and watching the water. These spells don't even have to have a purpose, but it is hard not to discover some secrets during such interludes. The fisherman without a schedule doesn't need to rush about, casting furiously in a hunt for every possible trout. For this reason, he usually catches more of them.

— Gary LaFontaine, Trout Flies: Proven Patterns


I know not everyone gets to fish all of the time like Gary might have. But you can sure try to act like you do. I have seen it a hundred times. The guy in the back of the boat kicks his feet up for a minute. He sets back and relaxes. He normally finds a few rising fish down stream that I didn’t see yet. He slowed down and the river gave him something. Try it on your next trip. You may not catch more fish, you may not catch less fish but you may enjoy your trip a little more.

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