Streamer Tying Class at The River’s Edge


Due to popular demand, we will be teaching a fly tying class based soley around learning to Tie and Fish Streamer Patterns!

We’ve all heard a lot about streamer fishing and throwing these big long articulated flies, and just by looking at them, the thought of tying your own can be a bit daunting. Trust us, they are not nearly as difficult as they seem and are actually a blast to tie. You can use your imagination, and the posibilities and versatility of the materials is virtually endless! Not to mention that they really do work! See evidence below….


In addition to tying these flies, we will talk about techniques for fishing these flies, when and where to fish them, what sort of gear you will need, and how to rig them up. We will also talk about techniques we use when designing new patterns, and ideas to bring to creating your own new fly to fish.

WHEN: This will be a FIVE week class, beginning on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 @ 6:15, and will run for the following five Tuesday nights.

WHERE: The River’s Edge West Fly Shop, Classroom.

HOW MUCH: $100, $85 for MSU Students.

OTHER INFORMATION: All materials and tools will be provided for this class. If you would like to bring your own vise, and tools, it is recommended, as it is easier to learn with your own equipment. Class will be taught by our Streamer Tying Specialists: Wyatt Nielson, and Dan Soltau. In addition to materials being provided, participants are offered 15% OFF all fly tying materials and tools bought on the night of the fly tying class.

What is included for use in class:

  • Tying Vise (Bring your own if you would prefer)
  • Tying Tools (Bring your own if you would prefer)
  • All Materials/Hooks used on the night’s flies
  • Detailed written instruction on the night’s flies/techniques
  • Hands-on, step-by-step instruction from our two teachers on the night’s flies
  • Q&A time at the end of class
  • Hand-outs with other important Fly Tying information


  • Dubbing Loops
  • Articulated Style Flies
  • Tying With Lead Eyes
  • Tying With Fish Skulls
  • Spinning/Stacking Deer Hair
  • Tying with Rabbit
  • Palmering Marabou
  • Bucktail Techniques
  • Various Other Streamer Tying Techniques

It should also be mentioned that this class will include some intermediate techniques, so prior tying knowledge may be helpful.

This class will fill up quickly, so be sure to call or stop by the shop to get signed up! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 406.586.5373 or 406.284.2401.

Ten Tips for Winter Fly Fishing


Many folks we talk to actually cant believe that we are fishing year round here in SW Montana. Granted, there are days when sitting at the tying vise with a cold refreshment, restocking the boxes, sounds a bit better than freezing rod guides and cold feet. That said, when the thermometer hits the double digits and the sun is shining, there aren’t many things I’d rather be doing than enjoying an afternoon out on the water. Need an example of why? See the below photo. You’re not gonna see that in the fly tying room, unless you’re home is situated nicely along DePuy Spring Creek in the Paradise Valley.


One thing to keep in mind is that winter fishing requires a bit more preparation and planning than your standard summer afternoon. Here are 10 Tips to make your winter fishing experience more pleasurable.

#1 Stick to the Tailwaters Or Spring Creeks

This is certainly not the rule, but in general, Tailwater fisheries and Spring Creeks tend to fish more consistently throughout the winter than their Freestone counterparts. This is likely due to the more constant temperature water coming out of the dam or out of the spring source. Additionally, you can usually count on ice free conditions.

Around our neck of the woods, some of the best winter fisheries are the Missouri, Madison, Ruby and the various Paradise Valley Spring Creeks…..

#2 Choose Your Gear Wisely

If there is any time of year where high-performance gear becomes essential, it is winter. Going out to the river with your old leaky waders, torn up wading boots, and a light shell jacket is just not going to make the cut. This is the time of year where we can actually make the argument that higher quality gear will help you catch more fish. It’s simple. If your gear allows you to stay out on the water longer, fish longer, you will catch more fish.

High quality waders, like the Simms G3 Guide Wader, combo’d with a wading boot built for traversing over snowy, icy rocks, yet sticking tight while wading, take the Simms G3 Guide Boot for example, will improve your winter fishing experience. In addition, utilizing proper layering techniques, and high quality layering pieces can make all the difference between a warm and a freezing day on the water.


The Simms Kinetic Jacket

#3 Loosen Those Boots A Touch

A big time bummer of winter fly fishing is cold feet. Believe it or not, sometimes squeezing your feet into three pairs of wool socks, then into your waders, then into your wading boots, is not going to result in warmer toes. Go with one pair of high performance cold weather socks, and don’t cinch down quite as hard on those wading boots. Your blood circulation will improve and your toes will thank you.

#4 Utilize the Landing Net

One recipe for disaster with winter fishing is cold hands. The difficulty with this is generally you will be catching quite a few fish, and cold wet hands can happen quickly. The solution to the problem? Use a net.

Now, keep in mind, using a net still requires proper catch and release and fish handling techniques. Keep the fish in the water as much as possible, don’t squeeze, and pinch your barbs.

Keep those hands dry

Keep those hands dry

#5 Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves, such as the Simms ExStream Half-Finger Gloves, go a long way in improving hand warmth while fishing. Fingerless gloves allow you to wear the glove while you’re fishing and do not take away from your feel and dexterity with the fly rod and line handling.

#6 Pink is the real MVC (Most Valuable Color)

The River's Edge Fly Shop Nymph Selection

Pink nymphs are the go-to winter bug. Don’t ask why…because we don’t know for sure, but our guesses are that they represent a wide variety of food sources, including Sowbugs, Scuds. Additionally the pink color could be mistaken for an egg by the fish. Either way, Pink nymphs just seem to work great in the winter months. Don’t leave the house without a stocked box full of different sizes and variations. If you need help picking some out, we have a great stock of pink winter bugs.

#7 Your Rod Guides WILL Freeze

This is less of a tip and more of a gentle reminder. When the air is colder than the water, your rod guide are likely going to build up with ice. Unfortunately that is just the price to pay for a great day of winter fishing. There are a few products out there that will help, but nothing is perfect. Inevitably, you will end up popping off the ice with your thumb.

Frozen Fly Rod Guides

About the only way I’ve found to reduce the amount of ice build up, is to simply not strip in line. I have resorted to a lot of roll and Single Hand Spey casting techniques while winter fishing. This allows me to get a nice drift, and cast again without having to strip in line. I still get some ice build up when I adjust my cast length or when I catch a fish, but it is significantly less than when I have to strip in line to re-cast every time.

#8 Split Shot is Your Friend

When the water temps start to drop, so do the fish. They find a nice deep hole, where the water temps are a bit more consistent, and they just hangout and wait for the food to come to them. If you’re not using heavily weighted flies, and/or Split Shot to get down, you’re not going to have much success. Never leave a good spot without a little experimentation with depth and weight. You’ll be surprised how many more fish you get into.

#9 Don’t Forget the Streamer

Big fish tend to be more difficult to find in winter months. The reason being is that they don’t like to spend a lot of energy eating small bugs when they can eat one or two meals that will produce a few weeks of energy. A large brown trout might only eat once a week, or even once a month, so in order to catch him, you’re going to need a fair bit of luck and the right fly to entice him into eating. This is where the big streamer comes into play. Don’t forget about the big sculpin, and whitefish patterns this time of year. You could find yourself hooked up to the fish of a lifetime.

#10 Try a Smaller, Or Better Yet, No Strike Indicator

Often times when a fish eats a fly in the winter, it is not going to make an all out commitment. The strikes in the colder water are much more subtle and often times, if you are using a big strike indicator you won’t even know it happened. This winter, test out a few new strike indicators. Yarn works well, as do the guide secret Balloons. Old-school Palsa Pinch-Ons are great as well when fishing smaller flies. This winter is also a great time to work on your tight line nymphing skills. If you really want to get into great numbers of fish, tight line, Czech, or Euro style nymphing is the way to go. You feel every little bump, and when the fish eats, you’re a lot faster on the hook set.

Watch this informational video from MidCurrent for more tips on Czech Style Nymphing.

I hope these tips help you out! Remember, the Winter season is not just for skiing and snowshoeing….you can catch fish too! And you don’t have to do it with a tip-up and a hole in the ice!

Before you go….

What is your favorite river for Winter Fly Fishing?

Top Posts of 2014


2014 was another great year for us here at The River’s Edge Fly Shop. And we owe a great deal of thanks to all of you!

Here are your favorite posts of 2014.

#1 Simms Headwaters Sling Pack | Gear Review

The Headwaters Sling Pack was a very popular product this year. A lot of people really liked the versatility of the Sling. Being able to carry a good amount of gear and have it centered nicely on your back is a big plus. Combo that with the ability to sling the pack around and have easy access to flies, tippet, and other on-water essentials, and this Sling Pack becomes a no-brainer.

#2 Simms Vapor Boot | Gear Review

Another popular product in 2014, the Simms Vapor Boots are the perfect boot for the physically demanding angler. Guys who put on some miles this summer loved this boot. It’s lightweight, yet has plenty of support for both cruising down the trail, and crossing in places that you maybe shouldn’t.

#3 Simms Product Guide | Fall 2014

In this post, we covered all the new products that would be, and are now available in the Fall 2014 Simms Line.


This post was not only relevant for 2014, but will remain informational for next year as well. Streamer fishing in high, dirty water can produce some of the biggest fish of the whole year, so as a streamer fishing junky, it is important to learn techniques to help you target those big fish.

#5 Gallatin River Morning Photos

This is one area that we want to expand for 2015. The morning photo of the Gallatin River was a popular one, but we’d like to bring you the Gallatin River morning photo a bit more regularly.

Thank you all for following and reading our Blog in 2014. Our goal for this next year is to bring you even more interesting content!

See you in 2015!

Top Five Women’s Gift Items


Don’t worry guys! There is still time to find the perfect gift item for that special Fly Fisher-Woman in your life. Check out our Top Five Gift Ideas for the Ladies.

#1 — Simms Women’s Vapor Boot


SIMMS Women's Vapor Boot

SIMMS Women’s Vapor Boot

A new product in the ever expanding line-up of Fly Fishing products built specifically for Women, the Simms Vapor Boot is a fantastic new wading boot. Combine hiking-boot-esque agility, a super grippy VaporTread Vibram sole platform, and sizing specifically built for a women’s foot, and you now have yourself the Women’s Vapor Boot.

#2 — Simms Women’s Solarflex – Larko Series


Simms Women’s Solarflex Shirt – Larko Series

This Ladies version of the ever popular Simms Solarflex Shirt is sure to be a hit. Featuring UPF 50 COR3 Fabric Technology that is sure to keep you cool and dry, and a great new design from Artist Andrea Larko, the W’s Solarflex Artist Series will be a go-to piece of gear for even the most demanding of Women Anglers.

#3 — Simms Women’s Patch Trucker Cap



Simms Women’s Patch Trucker Cap

Another product that is sure to be a hit with the ladies is the all new Patch Trucker cap, designed specifically with them in mind.

Guys…the girls are not going to want to borrow your old sweaty “lucky” fishing hat…

#4 CLIFF Pink Box


Cliff Pink Box

The Cliff Pink Box adds a little extra style to a box of already flashy streamers.

#5 Montana Fly Stamp Necklace



Montana Fly Stamp Necklace

Always one of our most popular gift items for the ladies…handmade right here in Bozeman, Montana!

If you have any questions on these gifts, or need help with any other ideas, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re always happy to help. To see any of these products in person, swing by either one of our shops here.

Merry Christmas!!

Four Tips for Great Etiquette On the River


Have you ever witnessed some interesting etiquette while out on the river?

River etiquette is an interesting topic. It seems like within the fishing community, you’ve either got it, or you don’t. Here are five tips to help keep the peace out the on the water.


It doesn’t matter if you are there second, or third, or eighth..If you’re not first, you don’t get to just choose where you want to fish. If a run is occupied, fish somewhere else, or wait until the fisherman is gone. There are plenty of fish in the river, and not getting to work that one spot certainly doesn’t mean you’re not going to catch fish. It’s simple, if you want to get first pick, get there first.


The last thing we want is another Pulaski, NY.

The last thing we want is another Pulaski, NY.

Similar to #1, respecting other anglers space is a fairly common sense suggestion. No one wants to bump elbows with a random guy who decides he really needs to fish the same run. Many anglers go fishing to escape their busy world and for a bit of peace and solitude. Don’t ruin it for them. If someone is occupying a run, simply move down to the next. The same rule applies to the opposite of the river!! When I’m fishing a spot, I certainly don’t feel like watching another person fish directly across from me just 100 feet away.


If you’re not sure whether a fellow angler is moving up stream or down, ASK! It’s a great feeling when another angler comes up and asks which direction you’re headed, and then goes the opposite way! It’s a courtesy thing. This can be done on the river, or in the parking lot before heading out.


This one is for the Drift Boat Anglers. When there are wade fisherman around, give them some space when possible. Obviously, there are instances where the channel is small and passing behind or far away is not possible. However, whenever you can, give them as much space as possible when passing, and don’t fish their water. Reel up, drift past about 100 yards, then you can go back to fishing.

Remember these four tips while you’re out on the river, and you will likely avoid any conflict.

What’s the craziest etiquette blunder you’ve seen done out on the water?

Holiday Super Sale | Simms Women’s Headwaters Waders


Get in on some Holiday Super Savings with a ONE DAY ONLY SALE on Simms Women’s Headwaters Waders!

They won’t last long so get them while you can!

SIMMS Women's Headwaters Waders Retail - $349.95 SALE - $209.97 BUY HERE

SIMMS Women’s Headwaters Waders
Retail – $349.95
SALE – $174.98

Simms Women’s Headwaters Wader

Of all the clothes to love, there’s nothing we take more pleasure in beating up than some well-worn waders. Simms’ Headwaters™ are built to be abused, featuring Guaranteed to Keep You Dry® GORE-TEX® fabrics in a feminine fit from top, down. The women’s specific cut has a higher chest for wading deep and front/back leg seam construction to minimize wear. Plush hand-warmer pockets set the circulation dial to defrost, while an external stretch mesh pocket is a friend to essential river stowaways.


-GORE-TEX® reinforced fabric in front leg panel for added durability
-Women’s specific cut features higher chest and patented front/back leg seam construction to minimize thigh wear and offers improved fit & comfort
-Quick-drying microfleece-lined hand warmer pocket
-External stretch mesh pocket with hook & loop closure
-Built-in belt loop at center-back; nylon wading belt included
-GORE-TEX® Pro Shell Technology
-Approximate weight: 31 oz
-Every pair made and tested in Bozeman, Montana, USA

Find these waders and more Close-Out Specials on our Online Fly Shop.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or leave a comment on this post.

Featured Product | Simms Dry Creek Z Packs & Bags


Simms stepped up their packs and bags line-up this season with the unveiling of the all new Dry Creek Z Packs and Bags. Introduce your gear to complete DRY storage with the integration of 100% Waterproof T-ZIP zippers, and durable, waterproof 840 D TPU Fabric. With three different packs, and bags, there is surely the perfect piece for your situation.

The T-ZIP system is very durable, and will be perfect for any angler looking to keep their gear dry. Combo that with the already incredible line-up of gear storage products from Simms, and you’ll be ready for the river at all times.

For more information, or to purchase, visit our ONLINE FLY SHOP, or come say hi at either one of our Bozeman Shops.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, or leave a comment on this blog post.

Fly Tying Class at The River’s Edge West


Join us for Beginner Fly Tying Classes at The River’s Edge West! If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of tying your own flies, now is the perfect time to do so. Our class will go over all of the basics about fly tying, including several different flies, techniques such as whip finishing, dubbing, wrapping hackle, and creating tapered bodies.

When: Thursday Nights @ 6:30 PM, beginning January 8th, lasting for five weeks.

Where: The Classroom @ The River’s Edge West

How Much: $100.00 per person

Other info: Class limited to 8 People. Possibility for an additional class if there is enough demand. Each class is taught by our two Instructors: Pierre Hebert and Wyatt Nielson. Participants will recieve 15% OFF all tying supplies purchased during the fly tying class nights.

What’s included for use in the class:

  • Tying Vise (Bring your own if you would prefer)
  • Tying Tools (Bring your own if you would prefer)
  • All Materials/Hooks used on the night’s flies
  • Detailed written instruction on the night’s flies
  • Hands-on, step-by-step instruction from our two teachers on the night’s flies
  • Q&A time at the end of class
  • Hand-outs with other important Fly Tying information

This class will fill up quickly, so be sure to call or stop by the shop to get signed up! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 406.586.5373 or 406.284.2401.

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Holiday Gift Ideas from The River’s Edge


Christmas is coming up…are you having trouble picking out that gift for the special fisherman in your life? Let us make things easier on you…here are a few of ideas! (Click on an item to learn a bit more about it’s features.)

As always, any of these items can be found either on our ONLINE FLY SHOP, or in either of our two Bozeman Fly Shops. If you need any other suggestions, or have any questions on these products, be sure to drop us a line, or leave a comment on this blog post!