mcdavid fishing

Fly Rods are like Potato Chips; It's Tough to Stop at One!

Choosing a fly rod is complicated and addictive. Perfection is elusive and the myriad of variables keep us coming back for more.

Dec 11, 2023

5 Tips for Fall Fly-Fishing

When summer fades away and is replaced with cool autumnal weather, many anglers hang up their waders in favor of other outdoor pursuits. But don’t let challenging conditions steer you away from fishing in the fall. There are still lots of fish to be caught and the transitioning scenery, pleasant weather and dwindling crowds make it a great time to be on the water.

Sep 27, 2021

Bass Fly Fishing - Here's What You Need to Know

Bass fly fishing is often overlooked by anglers who get distracted by all of the prevailing opportunities within the Northern and Southern Rockies.  Fly fishing for bass is a natural progression for experienced bass fishermen looking for a new challenge, or for experienced fly fisherman who wish to tackle a new species. Fishing for freshwater bass (specifically smallouth and largemouth) can be one of the most intense and rewarding experiences on a fly rod.

May 6, 2020

Privatizing River Access - What's Gained and Lost for Anglers

Privatizing river access is a controversial topic among anglers, especially those in Montana and Wyoming, where the two states have vastly different approaches. While Montana allows wade-fishing on almost every stream whether on public or private land, Wyoming streams often feature signs announcing private property where permission is needed to continue fishing.

Apr 21, 2020

Fly Fishing in Idaho

Welcome to Idaho - one of the most special places in the Northern Rockies. Maybe it's the gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife that initially draws you in, but it is the legendary fishing that will have you coming back for more. We love touring ranches throughout the state and fishing in the various rivers and streams.

Apr 15, 2020

Northern Rockies Fishing Forecast

April in the Northern Rockies is unpredictable.  One day you will be mowing the yard and the next shoveling the driveway.  It’s a time of year when we substantially build and store snowpack in the mountains while the valleys emerge from winter slumber.  Current snowpack conditions in and around the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including Wyoming, Montana and Idaho are in excess of 100% and as high as 120%.

Apr 3, 2020

Fly Fishing Gaining Traction Among Millennials

For those who can afford the leisure time and some rudimentary equipment, fly fishing offers a reason to be outdoors, a closer connection to nature, an avenue for environmentalism, built-in community, opportunity for creative expression, and a lifetime’s worth of niche expertise.

Oct 16, 2019
Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch

Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch Profiled by The Wall Street Journal

We are thrilled that The Wall Street Journal profiled Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch as a “House of the Day.” Resting in the shadows of the rugged Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains in the historic and lush Jefferson River valley, the ranch offers gorgeous scenery and miles of river and restored spring creek fishing, as well as productive pivot-irrigated farmland.

Jun 14, 2018
Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch Fishing

While Most Montana Rivers are Blown Out, Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch is Fishing Like a Dream

This is a very dynamic time of year to fish Montana waters. Conditions can change by the day and even by the hour as flows are a huge part of the late spring fishing game. Most rivers and streams in the state are completely blown out. In fact, many areas are experiencing flooding.

May 22, 2018
Montana Trout Fishing

Montana Trout Fishing Season is Looking GOOD!

To quote Explore Big Sky columnist Patrick Straub, “Reports are trickling in, chatter is growing louder in the corners of local fly shops, and pullouts are being used more by anglers than for excess snow. Don’t put your skis or boards away yet—some of the best snow of the season will soon fall on the slopes. But if you take your recreation seriously, have your waders and rod at the ready at all times because we are in the season of potential.”

Mar 28, 2018