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2018 Carp Tournament Redemption

What if I told you that all it took was a medium sized crowd in a vacant lot to ruin your cast? This is the story of the 2017 Cottonwood Camp carp team. If you are not an avid fly fisherman, Fort Smith Montana probably isn’t the place for you. This is certainly not the…

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Bighorn River Fishing Report Early May 2018

It is shaping up to be a great spring here on the Bighorn. Both water clarity and temperatures are right where they should be, giving us opportunity to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers. As of late we have seen both BWO’s and midges, as well as some tan caddis in the early mornings and evenings.…

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Tying from a Trailer Episode 3

CDC Baetis Ingredients: Size 12 hook (for presentation purposes), Pheasant tail, Dun colored CDC, BWO dubbing All ingredients purchased from our friends at East Rosebud Fly and Tackle eastrosebudflyandtackle.com Not your typical video but a very typical night as a guide at Cottonwood Camp.

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Our 5 Favorite Fly Shop Questions

As fly shop employees, guides, and avid anglers, we love to talk about anything that has to do with fishing. Whether it’s bugs, weather, or techniques, we soak it up. With that being said, there are certain questions that are so repetitive it’ll give us the shakes. These are those questions. What are the river…

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Tying from a Trailer Episode 2

Tying from a Trailer episode 2, orange/pink scud Recipe: Scud hook, orange and pink scud-dub, ribbing wire, scud back or flashabou All ingredients purchased from our friends at East Rosebud Fly and Tackle eastrosebudflyandtackle.com Not your typical tying video, but a very typical night as a guide at Cottonwood Camp.

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Tying From A Trailer Episode 1

Kelly Galloup’s Flatliner Ingredients: Schlappen, Marabou, Polar Chenille, Laser Dubbing, Living Eyes All ingredients were purchased from our friends at East Rosebud Fly and Tackle https://eastrosebudflyandtackle.com/ Not your typical fly tying video, but a very typical night as a guide at Cottonwood Camp.

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Bighorn River Fishing Report Late September 2017

Fishing continues to be solid on the Bighorn despite abnormally high flows for this time of year. The story continues to be Tricos in the early mornings and Black Caddis in the evenings. Fish are looking up at terrestrials occasionally throughout the day as well.  Though we’ve had temperatures in the mid 90’s, Nymphing and…

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Bighorn River Fishing Report July 2017

Dry fly fishing is here! We have seen the arrival of both tricos and black caddis.  If you are a morning person, it definitely pays to get on the water early and await the trico hatch. Typically the thick of the trico hatch begins at sunrise and ends around 9 a.m. If you’d rather sleep…

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Bighorn River Fishing Report June 2017

It seems as though the peak of runoff season is behind us! Flows have come down from 14,000 to 9,000 making the fishing, especially wading, a bit more manageable. Nymphing has still been the top producer, and it still takes a couple of 3/o’s with a long leader to make it effective. The dry fly fishing…