Want to become a better caster?

We all do. Here are six “Not-So-Secret” Secrets to a Great Cast

By MFO’s own Patrick Straub

Rookie and experienced anglers often struggle with pinpointing errors in their cast. From a beginner fumbling with their line-hand to an experienced angler fighting a nasty tailing loop, these six elements to a good cast will improve your cast or help you trouble-shoot a faulty one.

As with any casting instructor, personal style plays a large role in how the information is presented. Despite how different an instructor’s style may be, that doesn’t change the principles of a good cast. Here are our six “not-so-secret” secrets to a good cast. Many books have been written about the perfect cast. These principles are merely given as a general guideline to what makes a good cast.

Favorite Montana Trout Flies:

By MFO’s own Patrick Straub

  • Parachute Adams. Does well on just about every mayfly hatch and even midges in the smaller sizes. Works as an emerger or adult dry fly.
  • Sprout Emerger. It has a foam parachute post that you can see and the fly then sits just under the surface. Very effective for a downstream-angled drift.
  • CDC dunn. A little CDC winged parachute pattern that works for a lot of hatches. Great as an emerger or fished totally dry to imitate an adult.
  • Black, olive, or brown wooly bugger. Can be a baitfish, crawdad, or nymph. A dark colored wooly bugger is one fly that you should have in your box when fly fishing in Montana.
  • Beadhead Prince Nymph. Almost every Montana fly fishing guide carries a selection of these. For good reason: they are buggy looking and catch fish. Period.

Montana fish and the best rivers in which to catch them

By MFO’s own Patrick Straub

Montana is home to many species of trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish. The primary species are brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and bull trout.
Brown and rainbow trout in Montana are wild trout—meaning none of the trout in our rivers are stocked. They were spawned in our local waters and have habituated Montana rivers for thousands of years. Pretty cool.
The Westslope Cutthroat trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, and bull trout are Montana’s three native trout. Meaning they have always swam in our waters and were never introduced at any point. Bull trout are native a few drainages on the westslope of the Continental Divide, as are Westslope cutthroat. Yellowstone cutthroat are native to the Yellowstone River drainage on the eastslope of the Continental Divide. Because these are all native trout to Montana, special regulations are in place for all of these species.

When and Where to Use Your New Casting Skills

By MFO’s own Patrick Straub

Now that you’ve learned some new techniques, put them to use while fly fishing in Montana. Learn when and where to utilize your Montana fly fishing techniques.
Montana’s fly fishing rivers are home to world famous fly fishing. The diversity of rivers like the Yellowstone, the Missouri, the Bighorn, the Blackfoot, and others serve up year-round fly fishing.
However, like the weather changes each season, so do the necessary techniques for fly fishing in Montana. Here’s a breakdown of the best seasons and the best techniques for fly fishing in Montana.

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