6th Annual “Chica De Mayo” at The River’s Edge Fly Shop


Don’t miss out on our favorite event of the year!  The Sixth Annual Chica De Mayo hosted by The River’s Edge Fly Shop and Simms Fishing!  This Ladies only party is on May 1st, out at River’s Edge West.  Last year we had a bunch of gals out here having a great time, talking about fishing, learning about fishing, and drinking some margaritas!

This year will be just as much fun!  We will be joined by guest speakers Diana Rudolph and Paige Johnson.  In addition to the free gift for the first 30 women that show up, we will have drinks, appetizers, and raffle prizes, as well as a Rowing For a Cure Pink Boat fundraiser raffle.

Ladies, we hope to see you there! Guys, tell all your lady friends that this is the party to be at!


Fishing Reports



Some fresh reports up at The River’s Edge – Fishing Reports.

Our area rivers have been fishing great lately.  It’s still mostly a nymphing game, but BWOs have started showing up on the Lower Madison River and Yellowstone River as well as Lower Gallatin River.  The dry fly fishing is going to really pick up over the next few weeks.

The Streamer Bite has been hot on the Gallatin River and Yellowstone River. Mostly smaller Sculpin patterns, but some bigger baitfish patterns have taken some large Browns recently on the Yellowstone.

We’ve heard some reports of Skwalas on the Jefferson River and Big Hole River, but not too much around here yet.  We typically don’t get the major hatch like the Bitterroot River, but there will be a few big bugs on the Madison River and Gallatin River.

Stop by either shop before heading out and we can point you in the right direction for flies and location.

2014 Simms Vapor Boots


Are you an active fisherman doing a lot of hiking or walking between fishing spots? Maybe you just want a really comfortable pair of wading boots? The new Vapor Boots from Simms Fishing Products could be just the ticket for you.  Built off a hiking boot platform, these boots have built off of many great features you know and love with your comfortable old Simms wading boots, cut out any unnecessary weight, and added some new high-tech features such as the Simms VaporTread™ Vibram sole.

Simms 2014 Vapor Boot

Simms 2014 Vapor Boot

When we first heard about these new boots, about a year ago, we immediately thought they would be the perfect summer-time wading boot.  However, we’ve since realized the versatility that this boot brings to the table.  You can size it up to be worn with your waders for Fall, Winter, and Spring use, then when summer comes around, pick up a pair of Simms Guard Socks and wear them for summer wet wading.  If you’re looking for a pair of summer wet wading/hiking boots, buy them as you would your normal hiking boots.  Combo that with a pair of Simms Wading Socks and you’re in business for hiking around the Gallatin River on a beautiful July morning.

Breaking Down the VaporTread Sole:

The new sole that Simms built into the Vapor Boots is top notch.  Similar to the new RiverTread sole in the G3 Guide and G4 BOA Boots, the VaporTread has shown some major improvements on its predecessor (StreamTread).  By simply comparing the two, you’ll notice one difference right away: The 90 degree cuts of the rubber lugs vs. slanted cuts on the older boots.  One complaint of the older boots was the longevity of the sole grip.  Simms took this to heart and came out with the new cuts.  Because of the 90 degree angle, the lugs will essentially be self sharpening.  As they wear down, they will continue to stay sharp and provide maximum grip.  The sole features these lugs throughout the middle, with a slightly more aggressive “hiking style” tread on the outer edges of the sole.

VaporTread Sole

VaporTread Sole

The new lugs aren’t just the only cool new feature in the Vapor boots, but the next is something that is still relatively unknown to many consumers. It might sound like just a big word (one that our Simms Rep, Michael White, loves to use), but the term proprioception basically refers to your body’s perception of it’s location in space.  It’s one way for your brain to perceive the location and function of your limbs.  Your typical wading boot has a rigid material glued between the sole and the insole.  While this rigidity does help with support and durability of the boots, it also significantly reduces your ability to “feel” what your walking on.  Through extensive testing, Simms realized that there are only few select points on where a good boot needs the rigidity, the rest can be cut out.

To make a long story short, the new VaporTread sole is rigid on the outer edge and flexible in the middle and is noticeably lighter in weight.  This technology creates a “cupping” effect when the user is stepping on rocks and moving their way in and around the river.  The result is an increase in proprioception, and all around better balance and grip.

VaporTread Sole 2

Close Up of the Lugs

Final Answer:

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are sort of intrigued by the new Vapor Boots.  The new VaporTread sole is great.  The decreased weight and increased grip and “feel” is great.  The boots feel like a nicely broken-in hiking boot, but have the grip that only a pair of wading boots can bring.  Whether your plans include a 25-mile backpacking trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the “Bird Float” on the Yellowstone River, or walk/wading the Gallatin, we’re convinced that the new Simms Vapor Boots will be a great addition to your arsenal of gear.  If you’d like to check them out in person, come say hi at either one of our shops here in Bozeman.  You can also find them in our Online Store at The River’s Edge.

Vapor Boot

The Vapors

Four Tips To Make Your Gear Last Longer


We all know that guy.  The guy that has a bunch of nice gear, but treats it like the month old garbage sitting in his garage.  Some may call that guy “The Ultimate Gear Tester”, but we call him “The Ultimate Gear Abuser”.  We all know that fly fishing gear ‘aint cheap, especially if quality gear is what you’re after.  When you spend a good amount of dough on good waders, good boots, good fly rods and reels, etc.., we don’t recommend ruining it within the first year or two. Here are a few tips to help make your waders, boots, and fly rods last a bit longer.

Messy Tahoe

If your fishing rig doesn’t look like this, you’re doing things right.

The first tip is about your waders and boots:

  • WASH OFF YOUR GEAR, LET IT HANG DRY.  – Not only is this good for our rivers, protecting them against aquatic invasive species, its also good for your boots and waders.  Spring time in MT can be a bit muddy at times.  On your way back to the truck after a great day of fishing you are likely to encounter some mud, grass, dirty, etc..  All it takes is a couple minutes after you get home, head over to the hose, spray them off, and hang them up in the garage.  Getting that mud and other unwanted clingers off of your waders and boots will be huge in increasing their longevity.  The drying factor is huge.  Mildew is the number one killer when it comes to waders.  After a day of fishing, the one thing you absolutely don’t want to do is wad up your waders and leave them in the car for the next six days in between fishing trips.  Not only will your car smell awful, your waders will simply not last.
  • ROLL, DON’T FOLD. – Assuming your waders are dry, your next move will be putting them back in your rig before departing for your next fishing trip.  If you have the space in your car, just lay them out as flat as possible or hang them from one of the clothes hangers.  However, if space is an issue, you may have to resort to space saving techniques.  Rolling your waders as opposed to folding them will do you wonders in making them last longer.  When you fold your waders, you are creating creases in the fabric.  Rolling them prevents this, and significantly reduces any cracks or leaks that could develop.

Next, lets move on to the fly rod:

  • DO NOT PUT YOUR ROD AWAY WET. – With the cork and nice wooden reel seats on today’s fly rods, the last thing you want is to put a wet rod into the rod case, essentially creating a oven to cook your fly rod in.  Once you zip up the rod tube the mildew creation has begun.  Your cork grip and reel seat will be happy with you if you dry them off, or let them dry before putting them away.  Speaking from experience, I once put my Winston BIIIx away after a rainy float on the Lower Madison.  I then proceeded to work for the next four days.  To make a long story short, the next time I went fishing, my Winston had to be put on the IR.  The reel seat swelled up from the water absorption and I couldn’t move the reel lock.  What a great way to break in an $800 fly rod.  After an overnight stay in a bag of fresh cat litter, the BIIIx had returned to its original state, but that is one mistake I have not made since.
  • BREAK DOWN AND UN-RIG YOUR RODS. — *A bit of a contradiction to the previous tip, but use some common sense..If your rod is dry, put it away.  If it’s wet, wipe off the top three sections, put them away, and let the butt section dry out for the afternoon, and then put it away as well.*  This is a great way to avoid a $60 repair fee.  I can’t tell you how many broken rods I’ve seen because the owner did not un-rig their rod before putting it in the case, or left it rigged up in their car.  Again, I may be speaking from personal experience here.


Hopefully these four tips will help with keep your gear happy with you.  A happy fly rod equals better casting, right?

Tying your Dropper Knot with Forceps?


A little “guide tip” we learned a few years back.  

A common nymphing rig for us here in Montana is a two nymph, split shot, and indicator (Yes…I said indicator, not bobber..).  Most people know how to correctly tie the improved clinch knot (tippet to fly), but a good amount have not quite mastered the fly to tippet knot.  The concept is the same, you just tie a clinch knot around the bend of the hook, but a few years ago I learned a quicker, easier way to tie the clinch knot using my trusty forceps (or are they hemostats?)

Here is a easy to follow YouTube video I found from InTheRiffle.

Note:  This video shows the directions on how to tie tippet to fly.  In order to tie fly to tippet, you will use the same method, only you will create a loop without threading the tippet through the eye of the hook.

Here are a few pictures that may clear up the hook to tippet, dropper knot.



The Tools.


The Loop


Insert Forceps, twist 5-6 times.


Open forcep jaws, pinch tag end, and pull out through loop.


Inset hook point through loop. Moisten loop, tighten down by pulling the long end of the tippet.

Finished Product

Finished Product


Good luck with this one!

Making a Blogging Comeback


We’ve taken a small hiatus from the blog-o-sphere in the past couple years.  With the building and opening of our second location, River’s Edge West, things have been a bit crazy…in a good way though.  That being said, we want to make a comeback on our blog site and all social media platforms.  We will be providing you will a lot of great content, information, and exciting news in our area.  For all of you who have read this blog in the past, you will notice a slight re-model of the site.  Please bear with us while we “hit the keys” and roll out some blog posts for you.  Soon enough we will build up a lot of great content.

If you haven’t yet, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!  We’ll keep you up to date with all things fly fishing!

Thanks for checking us out and we hope you enjoy!  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave us a comment!

Tight lines!

A Tough Day on the Lower Madison: Saturday April 9th, 2011


As my wife Minori, good friend Tad Sweet and I loaded Tad’s truck with our fishing gear I was filled with great expectations for the day’s fishing prospects.  Just five days earlier Minori and I had fished the river with excellent results.  On that particular day we found several spots where the fish were actively feeding on the surface.  The fish were taking midges and we had no trouble fooling them with size #18 Griffith’s Gnats and Adam’s Parachutes.  Most of the fish we caught that day ran between 10 and 14 inches but we did fool a couple of 15/16 inchers.  All of the fish were in great shape and they fought hard making for a great day of fishing.


On this day however, the river gods would not be so kind.  The snow storm that hit on Thursday had dropped way more snow on the area than I had guessed.   The warmer temperature on Saturday was melting the freshly fallen snow and this was adding new snow melt water to the river raising the water level slightly, dropping the water temperature and adding color to the water.  This triple whammy spelled doom for me and my two fishing partners.   If it were not for Minori’s persistence and a deftly fished BH Red Copper John this threesome would have gone home completely shut out.   Not that that would have been such a bad thing.  Us so called experts need a good ass kicking once in awhile to keep us honest.  As the day wore on and I could not buy a fish no matter what I tried all I could think about was how people come into the fly shop and expect me to have all the answers.  And, after 30 plus years in the business and 40 plus years of fly fishing experience I begin to believe I do have all the answers.  Then a day like Saturday comes along and abruptly brings me back to planet earth.

New Simms Fishing Products for 2011


We have recently been getting lots of new Simms Fishing Products in our store.  While there are a few items that are backorderd for a few more weeks, we have lots of new and exciting products from Simms avaialble for sale now.  A few notable mentions are:

These are just a few on the new items so if you are in the area, stop by and have a look or take a look at our webstore at http://www.theriversedge.com/store/home.php .

More to come…

Adventure Guides 2010 T.V. Season to include Steve Summerhill and The River’s Edge


Last July I was fortunate enough to hook up with John Dietsch of the Adventure Guides television program on the Outdoor Channel and share a day of fishing with him on McCoys Spring Creek over near Dillon, MT. John and I had what can only be described as an epic hopper fishing day as we traded off catching fish out of each run. John captured the whole day on video and will be airing it on the 2010 season of the Adventure Guides television show on the Outdoor Channel. Here is a little teaser for the upcoming show ….


Let us know what you think!

p.s. If you have not had a chance to fish McCoys Spring Creek, you need to do that. It is an excellent small spring creek experience. For more information and guides for McCoys, you can contact us at The River’s Edge at 406-586-5373 or call Steve Bielenberg at McCoys in Dillon at 406-683-6508.

Holiday Spectacular – Save the Date!


The River’s Edge & Simms Fishing Products Holiday Spectacular

Thursday * December 3rd * 6:00 – 9:00 PM * at The River’s Edge!

Come All Ye Faithful…fly fishers!  Get in the “Fish”mas spirit and join The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products for a Holiday Spectacular.  This is a perfect evening to do some Christmas shopping for that special fly fisher in your life.  Joining us for the night will be local guests, photographer Brian Grossenbacher, Livingston artist Derek DeYoung, and Simms Rep Jon Yousko.  There will be special pricing on Simms products for this evening only and the first 25 people get a free Derek DeYoung t-shirt!  Refreshments, prizes and an abundance of holiday cheer will be also provided. 

This event is free and open to the public.