Q&A with Tracy Moore- Montana Fly Girl

I had a bunch of questions from you guys on my facebook page, messages and emails… so I am going to try and answer them all as best I can.

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My “go to” fly when I’m struggling with knowing what they are eating is usually a prince nymph. This all depends, of course on what waters you are fishing… but in Montana, seems like most fish will slurp this up on most occasions.

But on normal occasions… I just ask my hubby, Matt. He seems to always know what they are eating. I have a little bit of an advantage being married to an awesome guide!

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Chris- It would be great to make it out there someday and fish with ya for some of those beauties!! We’ll see! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Richard- Haha, I am not sure I am the best person to teach someone else how to fly fish as I am still not an expert… but I am up for trying anything! I would suggest signing up for a local fly fishing/casting class in your area. Call some local fly shops, they should be able to recommend some. As for my favorite fly… I am pretty obsessed with Hoppers. It’s my favorite season. Nothing like floating a big old hunky hopper on the surface and see a big trout slurp that baby up!

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Mike- For the Madison, I have only fished it a handfull of times, but if you are going to float, I suggest the upper stretch. It has gorgeous views and plenty of great fish. If you are wading or want some streamer action, I would go with the lower stretch. For the Gallatin, I’m not sure what stretch, but I can tell you even though it’s a smaller river, it has some massive trout in it! Nice deep banks great for streaming and I have pulled out some pretty large brownies out of there! It’s a really fun river. I would call a local fly shop in that area to find out more information (much better info than I could give you!)! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great time!!!

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Samuel- I love our Sage rods. (The one is probably my favorite right now). For reels, I love Hatch. Very smooth & well built. Fly line, RIO is the best. My hubby just did a blog post about it here, check it out for lots of great info!

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Monica- I have never used a hornberg… sorry you didn’t have luck with it out here! For the Big Horn river, I like using my Sage One 5 weight, with the 3 plus finatic Hatch reel. I love RIO line, it’s the best.

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Jeffrey- This is way too hard of a question!! I have so many more rivers to fish until I can answer this! Haha… for now, I would say I like the Big Horn the best. Probably because some of my favorite memories are on that river. I learned so much on that river, we are always there, it always produces great fish, and it always makes for a fun day! Outside of Montana, I loved fishing the Kanektok river. Sooooooo many salmon my arm hurt!!!!

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Thomas- Never read the book, but I do love the movie! It’s always inspiring to watch. Especially because we fish in some of the same spots the movie was filmed at! This scene is the BEST:

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David- Ha! Not sure!! It’s definitely becoming a more popular hobby/sport for many women now. The ladies are finally catching on and having a blast!

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Theresa- I started my photography business 5 years ago, and Matt fully supported that and helped any way he could. I just decided to go for it while I’m young and don’t have much to lose… and I’m so glad I did! As for Matt… he decided to become a Fly Fishing guide pretty recently, and it’s not his own business as he guides under other outfitters, but it was similar to my experience. Quit the job you hate, do what you love, and I believe you will be successful if you are truly passionate about what you do. Our next business venture together will be Rod & Reel Adventures. More coming on that soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Samantha- Sometimes good fish pics are so tough to get!! Here are my top 3 suggestions in a nutshell on how to take better pictures while out on the river:

1. Camera Selection: I have taken my $5,000 professional set up out on the river, I have used my Canon G11 (A smaller digital camera), and just my plain old iPhone… and you know what? I found the best camera you can have on the river is whatever you have in your hand at the time! Of course, the fancy cameras can do some more fancy things… but that’s not what the average person has. And it is a pain in the ass to take along with you. I would shoot for a smaller waterproof digital camera (I hear theย Panasonic Lumix is a great one).

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2. Lighting. Light is very important for a good picture. I would either find a shaded spot, or direct sunlight for fish pics. Steer clear of the sun hitting you from the side, that will cause awful shadows and make the detail of the fish harder to see.

3. Hand position. Hold the fish right under its neck (behind the fins) with one hand, and wrap your other hand tightly (but not too tight) around the tough spot right behind the tail. Hold it out towards the camera with a slight arm bend. Don’t straight arm it to make it look bigger… everyone knows. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Emily… you will look adorable in one of theย Maji Love headbands! There are many ways to wear it. With your hair up in a smaller headband, hair down more hippie style, with a braid… and much more. Play around with it and see what your favorite style is! They are great on the river, keeps hair out of the way!

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August- the best time is NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a friend who is already teaching his 3 year old how to fly fish! Go into your local fly shop and ask what the best set up is for her and get her on the river!

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Wayne- Dry fly? Streamer? Nymphing? Too tough of a question unless I know more details. I love fishing during hopper season as I said before, but for nymphing, A good old prince nymph with a midge dragging is always a good set up for some rainbows!

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Anthony- Heck yes! When and where?! We love steelheads and haven’t got to fish them much… always down for a new adventure!

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Thanks, Tim!! Come back out and visit!

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I just did a post on this last week, check it outย here to see what I need when I get out there!

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Jason- try the Stillwater, Yellowstone or take a little drive and hit up the Gallatin or the Madison! Ask local fly shops what their favorite wading stretches are and what they are hitting on, and have fun exploring!

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Steve- haha! Man… all my fly girl friends are taken! They get snatched up fast!! Someone should invent a dating site for fly fishing lovers…

Thanks for all the questions, you guys! Hope some of my answers helped! Like I said before… I am NO expert and these are just my opinions… so feel free to comment with your own suggestions or corrections in the comments!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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5 Things I Must Have With Me On The River.

I have many favorite things that I love having while fly fishing. But I’m going to make this list short and sweet and just go with 5 of my favs.

1. Redington Waders. I have the Sonic-Pro but I am not sure they still carry this model. I checked out the site, and these look pretty sweet too: http://www.redington.com/fly-fishing-waders/waders/womens/siren-wader-marilyn/

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2. Fishing Lanyard. I love having the tools I need around my neck. Makes things so much easier. Check outย http://www.westernvisionslanyards.com/ and get one!

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3. Headband. I am almost always wearing a headband while fishing. I wear hats occasionally, but love the headbands I had made in Tanzania. They are comfy, keep my hair out of the way, and they help out the kiddos I love in Mafia Island! So it’s a win, win!

You can order them here: www.etsy.com/shop/majilove

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4. Red Bull. No explanation needed. It just makes me more awesome. And maybe more annoying, but at least I am having fun…

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5. Good Peeps. Fishing with an awesome crew, or a good friend always makes the day better. I am not a good solo-fisherwoman… I need socialization. So grab your crew and hit the water!!

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What do you have to have on the river? I’d love to hear your answers! Comment and let me know!! Have a great weekend!

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7 Reasons Fly Fishing Isn’t Boring. (Not just for Old Men!)

“But… isn’t that like… boring? A hobby for old men?”

This is a statement I constantly hear. To be honest, I used to think the same way.

When you think of fly fishing… you think of an old man wading in the shallow waters of a river, puffing on his cigar, with his white-faced yellow lab at his side.

Well folks, this idea of fly fishing couldn’t be more untrue. The sport has evolved, times have changed. Yes, of course there are still a lot of older gents out there on the river, but there are also all kinds of other people out there, too.

Every type of person, old and young, male and female, beginners and experts.

I always thought fly fishing was boring…

I was so wrong.

Here are the top 7 reasons why fly fishing isn’t boring:

1. ADVENTURE

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Most fly fishers are also adventure junkies. They love so much more than just the fishing part of this sport. It’s about the destination, the hiking, the memories, the conversations you have with the people you are with. Getting caught in a thunderstorm while having a 25 inch trout hooked on your line, sliding down a mudslide to get to an amazing untouched location, flying across the world in search of a fish you’ve only dreamed of seeing in real life. So. Many. Adventures.

2. SCENERY

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To go along with #1… all of these adventures will bring you to some of the most beautiful locations ever. I would have never visited half of the locations I have seen over the years if we didn’t go to fish there. Fly fishing takes you to some unforgettable places that will be etched in your mind forever. It forces you to explore this amazing planet, and venture out to see new things. Sometimes I get so focused on the fishing… I forget to take a break and appreciate my surroundings.

3. THE FISH

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When you first learn to fly fish, most likely, someone will let you use their rod, tie everything onto it themselves, not really explain much, and wish you good luck. Or they will hook a fish, then hand you the rod to reel it in. That takes a lot of the fun out of it. Once you learn what rod to use for what purpose, how to tie the fly on yourself, and casting it into a spot you think the fish are hanging out in… then you hook one… once you do that… it’s on. The game has changed. You will appreciate that fish so much more. The fight will mean more to you, the pride feels awesome, and you will get more and more hooked every time this happens.

Take the time to appreciate the beauty of each fish, and enjoy the fight it gives you, and treat that fish with respect by unhooking it, letting it breath, snapping a quick shot, then revive and release and watch it swim away with a big ‘ole smile on your face.

4. GOOFING OFF

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Fly fishing is perceived as a very serious sport. I won’t lie… a lot of people do take it too seriously. There are some we refer to as “the grumpies” on the river. The people who don’t respond when you say hello. The people who give you dirty looks when you have a fish and are screaming for joy. My advice? Ignore the grumpies. Fly fishing doesn’t have to be so serious. We goof off all the time on the boat, and in the water. Relax, have fun, and enjoy the silly moments. Like when your friend falls off the boat. (Dennis… Kerry…)

5. CAMPING

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A lot of our fly fishing trips include camping. These two go hand in hand so well. We have done 2 day camping trips, up to 3 week camping trips. Check out areas near you that have the option of floating, fishing, then camping. One of our favorites is the Smith River, we had a total blast last year and look forward to doing it again.

6. FRIENDSHIPS

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Some of our best friends we met through others in the fly fishing industry. When you share the same passion, it’s easy to bond and create a lasting friendship. We’ve gone on some really fun adventures with some incredible people, and I appreciate the friendships that I’ve made in this industry. Also, bonding more with friends I already have through the sport… when you are stuck on a boat together for hours… it’s a sure way to bond. ๐Ÿ™‚

7. SURPRISES

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There are always surprises while fly fishing. Whether it’s getting stuck in a crazy storm, falling off the boat, seeing snakes, turtles, bears, or moose, getting lost, fishing in the dark because you thought the float was much shorter… and millions of other unforeseen events. These surprises always keep you on your toes and you’ll have a great story afterwards. So get ready for anything to happen… and just go with the flow.

See?

Fly fishing isn’t boring. It is what you make it.

Now, go get out there and have some adventures!!

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