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February 23, 2021
Grizzly Hackle’s 2021 Top Gear Picks
Grizzly Hackle’s Top Gear Picks for 2021 We are all looking forward to 2021’s fishing season. It has already started for us, but with a balmy high of 2 degrees today, we are looking forward to throwing big stonefly dries in about 6 weeks or so. With 2020 in the rear view mirror and hopes of better times coming our way we can’t help but think about a great 2021 Missoula fly fishing season and what it might bring. …
December 4, 2020
2020 Fly Fishing Holiday Gift Guide
It’s time to start thinking about that perfect holiday gift for the angler in your life. Tough decision, huh? We want to help! The Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop has so many great options for all types of anglers, we have put together a list of items we think any of them would enjoy. Take a look at our 2020 gift guide and if nothing sparks your interest, visit our shop - online or in-store! 1. Orvis Clearwater Outfit ...
June 3, 2020
6 Fly Fishing Tips For Upping Your Game
Becoming a better angler is probably the most satisfying aspect of fly fishing. There’s something about watching yourself improve at a complex skill that is constantly rewarding. It also has a tendency to teach us mindsets that can be applied to all facets of our lives. Like any skill, improving at fly fishing takes endless practice and repetition. There’s just no teacher like experience. That being said, it’s also common to repeat the skills we’ve become comfortable with and not...
April 29, 2020
Our 3 Go To’s During Runoff in Missoula, Montana
It’s that time of year when the weather warms up and starts to melt mountain snow. The rivers swell up with snowmelt and get big and muddy. It’s when anglers in the Missoula, Montana area, and all over the mountain west have to forego fishing their favorite freestone rivers and find something to do during runoff. The Missoula area has hit the start of runoff and we have been getting lots of calls as to where to go fishing right…
April 16, 2020
Fly Fishing Missoula, MT: America’s Trout Mecca!
Missoula sits at the convergence of 3 of Montana’s famous trout rivers. The Clarkfork flows right through town and heads west to Idaho. It drains Montana west of the divide and is home to some of the hardest fighting, dry fly eating rainbows, cut bows and Westslope cutthroat in America. Just east of town the Blackfoot River dumps into the Clarkfork. This river was made famous by Norman McLean in his book “A River Runs Through It” and even more…
April 11, 2020
18 Places to Fly Fish in Montana
Fly fishing in Montana tops many a fly fisher's bucket list. And we can’t blame them. We are lucky enough to live in a state that boasts the best trout fishing in the United States and one could argue the Planet. From the mighty Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River, Bitterroot River, and other Missoula area rivers to the Yellowstone and Gallatin, we’ve gathered our 18 places to fly fish in Montana. These are by no means in order of importance,...
March 23, 2020
Top 5 Flies for Spring Fly Fishing in Missoula, MT
Spring fly fishing in Missoula, Montana is one of our favorites! I’m sure you’ve heard us say that before, but we can’t say it enough. It’s the time of year that we all look forward to. After a long winter and cabin fever has set it there’s no better cure than getting out on our local rivers. Spring is also the time of year where we catch some of our biggest fish on dry flies. Yes, you heard that…
February 4, 2020
The Best Time to Fly Fish Montana
The Best Time to Fly Fish Montana We’ve been in the fly fishing game for a long time and every year we get one question asked almost more than any other. “When is the best time to fly fish in Montana?” It’s a great question, but it’s one of those questions that if you’ve lived and fished here for very long, it’s really hard to answer. It’s a question that doesn’t have an exact answer to the person that asks…
May 16, 2019
Fly Fishing In Missoula – 2019 River Conditions Report
It’s that time of year when we start making predictions on what our local river conditions will be like during the 2019 Missoula fly fishing season! It’s similar to looking into a crystal ball, which just means we’re speculating based on winter snowpack, spring water conditions, and future weather predictions. It’s something we do in the fishing industry, especially in the west, every year. Are we always correct? No. Are we sometimes correct? Yes. If you plan on fly…
March 21, 2019
A Missoula Guided Fly Fishing Trip – FAQs
A Missoula Guided Fly Fishing Trip Frequently Asked Questions What rivers do you guide? Grizzly Hackle guides on the Clarkfork, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and Missouri Rivers. We also guide on a few tributaries on our wade fishing trips. For more information on our Missoula guided fly fishing trips, check out our guided trips page. What is Missoula like? Missoula is a town of just over 70,000 people. In Montana, that’s a big city! Although, Missoula has a good size population…
January 28, 2019
Intro to Fly Fishing for Women
Intro to Fly Fishing for Women – Take the intimidation out of fly fishing in this class taught by Grizzly Hackle guide Kelly Harrison. Learn about gear, clothing, reading water and finding fish, identifying local fish species, rigging a rod, entomology, and tying basic knots. You will develop the confidence to visit fly shops and venture out on the river on your own. No equipment necessary. 2 classes, Group Size: Limit to 10 per class Class 1 – February 20 /…
January 2, 2019
Planning Your Next Montana Fly Fishing Trip!
Why Choose A Montana Fly Fishing Trip? Montana is famous for being the “Last Best Place”, and for good reason. It has a small population, a plethora of public land, and great stream access laws. No wonder this state is so widely celebrated! To anglers, Montana is the perfect slice of paradise. The rivers, streams, and lakes provide some of the best trout fishing in the world along with postcard panoramas. Planning your next Montana fly fishing trip isn’t a matter of…
October 29, 2018
Montana Fly Fishing Streamers | Top 5 Streamers For Fall
In Montana, fly fishing streamers is one of our favorite flies to target big fish in the late fall. The fish are aggressive and looking to gain calories so they can put on weight before the winter. On cloudy days, trout will chase down streamers with reckless abandon and crush them. This is also a sure-fire way to get into some of the biggest fish of the year. All you need is a 6-7 wt rod, sink tip line or…
October 16, 2018
3 Tips For Fall Fly Fishing In Missoula, Montana
Fall fly fishing in Missoula, Montana provides anglers spectacular opportunities. If you ask any Missoula fly fishing guide or local when their favorite time to fish is, 10 out of 10 are going to say spring or fall. In the spring we have our first dry fly fishing of the year and big fish are starting to look up. In the fall it is dry fly nirvana. Multiple mayfly species are hatching and the fish are looking up to chow before…
August 30, 2018
Montana Fall Fly Fishing | The Gear You Need
Fall is one of the greatest times to do some Montana fly fishing. Not only is it beautiful here, the temperatures are great and the fish are happy and hungry. However, it does present some unique challenges to even the most experienced angler. Weather is often quick-changing, water is low and clear, and the bugs hatching are smaller than our summer stoneflies. That being said, this is still one of our favorite times of the year to get out on...
August 16, 2018
Fly Fishing Montana On A Budget
Montana fly fishing is a bucket-list trip for many anglers, but as we all know, fishing trips can start to add up if you’re not careful. If you want the fishing trip of a lifetime at a price that won’t cost a lifetime of work to pay for, we’ve put together the best trip itinerary for fly fishing Montana on a budget below! Where To Go Montana is full of amazing rivers and streams that house world-class trout. You’ll have…
August 6, 2018
Summer Fishing Highlight Reel 2018
We’ve had an incredible 2018 fly fishing season here in Missoula. Although the rivers started out high, we’ve ended up with great water and some great memories to go along with it! Check out our 2018 highlight reel below.
June 4, 2018
5 Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Fish:
Fly Fishing Gifts
With Father's Day coming up soon (June 17th will be here before you know it!), we've collected a list of our favorite gifts for fly fisherman, so you don't have to spend hours wondering what to get Dad! Whether your dad is a seasoned fisherman, is just getting into the sport, or seems to have everything, we've picked out the perfect gift for him. Read on to see 5 Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Fish! For The Seasoned...
March 29, 2018
Montana Fly Fishing Pack List
Montana Fly Fishing Pack List Headed to Big Sky Country for some fly fishing? Make sure you’re packing the proper gear so you can make the most of your experience. As one of Montana’s best fly shops and fly fishing outfitters, we’ve learned a lot over the years and know exactly what will keep you comfortable while you’re here. Our Montana fly fishing pack list will help you make the most of your trip! If you’re looking for a Missoula…
February 15, 2018
Customer Appreciation Day at Grizzly Hackle
Customer Appreciation Day at Grizzly Hackle! This year marks the 14th year of our Customer Appreciation Day at Grizzly Hackle! It’s always the first Saturday in March and a way for us to kick off the fishing season and say thank to the best customers in the industry. This year not only marks 14 years of celebrating our customers, but 30 years in business in Missoula. Since 1988 out on Rock Creek we have been proudly serving the fly fisher…
February 8, 2018
5 Flies for Winter Fly Fishing in Missoula
5 Flies for Winter Fly Fishing in Missoula It’s cold, most water is locked up under inches of ice, snow is covering the banks of the river and you’re either stuck inside tying flies or deep in powder up at Snowbowl. This is usually what Missoula winters are like for most of us. We are wondering when it will be over and if you’re addicted to fly fishing you’re just hoping for a day above freezing and some open water. …
January 22, 2018
2018 Fishing Forecast: Why you should fly fish in Missoula in 2018
2018 Fishing Forecast: Why you should fly fish in Missoula in 2018 Snow Pack around the state is looking great right now with averages over 100% in our area. As long as this trend keeps up through the rest of the winter we will be all good for the summer. Now, we would love to say that snow pack levels are everything, but it’s not. Warmth matters too and how our snow pack comes out of the mountains. If we…
January 5, 2018
2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour here in Missoula!
The 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be here again this year on February 3rd at the Wilma! There will be shows at 4 pm and 8 pm. This is a great time for everyone who is into fly fishing to come together and get some serious stoke for the season. The films are action packed fly fishing films from all over the world. Destinations like Gabon, Costa Rica, Florida, Dubai and Alaska to name a few will be featured….
December 15, 2017
Fishing Gifts | Fly Fishing Gifts for Every Fishy Person in Your Life
The holidays are here again! Between holiday parties and powder days, finding the best fly fishing gifts for every fisherman or woman on your list can be tricky. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back this year. We’ve put together a list of our favorite gifts for those who love fly fishing in Montana, and everywhere else. For Someone Who Just Discovered the Sport | Gifts for the Beginning Fly Fisher Simms G4 Pro Hip Pack Fly fishing requires a…
December 5, 2017
12 Days of Christmas at Grizzly Hackle
12 Days of Christmas at Grizzly Hackle It’s that time of year again! The most wonderful time of the year and we want to celebrate by doing our annual 12 days of Christmas at Grizzly Hackle. This is our way of helping you save on Christmas gifts for the fisher in your life. Here’s how it works: December 12-14 : 30% off Store Wide!* December 15-17: 25% off Store Wide!* December 18-20: 20% off Store Wide!* December 21-24: 15% off Store…
June 9, 2017
5 Father’s Day Gifts for the Adventure Dad
Wondering what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year? With June 18th quickly approaching, we curated a list of the best gifts for all of the adventure dads here in Missoula, Montana. Whether he’s a fan of big flavor barbecue or would rather chase fish all day, we’ve got the goods. For the Dad Who Looks Forward to Slab Saturday Gift Certificate to Notorious P.I.G. Last year, Missoula was blessed with award-winning barbecue. We haven’t been able to stop raving about…
February 8, 2017
13th Annual Customer Appreciation Day at Grizzly Hackle
The first Saturday of March is something that we have looked forward to every year for the last 13 years. This year is no different with our 13th annual Customer Appreciation Day on March 4th from 10 am – 4 pm. This year will be the biggest event that we’ve ever had. Patagonia, Simms, Winston, Fly Vines, Scientific Anglers and Dirty Water Fly Company will all be here to help us celebrate the best customers in the industry! There will be…
January 4, 2017
5 of our favorite new fly tying materials
Right now it’s -9 outside. When it’s this cold you can’t do anything outside. It’s too cold to ski or ice fish, so we are stuck inside for now. That mean’s its time to sit down and start cranking out flies for the upcoming season. If you live in Missoula you know that during the tying season you basically only have to tie a handful of flies Chubby’s, Pat’s Rubberleg Stoneflies, San Jaun Worms, Purple Haze’s, Pheasant Tails and your…
December 28, 2016
Fly Fishing Film Tour coming to Missoula, January 28th 2017
The F3T is coming back to the Wilma here in Missoula on January 28th. There are two shows a 4 pm and an 8 pm show. This is the tours biggest show and it sells out every year! It’s a great reason for the fly fishing people in Missoula to get excited about fly fishing in the dead of winter. The fly fishing culture in Missoula is so big that it makes for an amazing night of fishing stoke. We have…
January 28, 2016
Winter Fly Fishing in Missoula
Picking ice out of your guides all day, hiking through snow to get to the river, tying flies on with cold hands all for a few fish… Well, that’s winter fly fishing in Missoula, Montana. Don’t let that deter you from getting out for those fish that heat your cold hands and feet up when you hook into them. There is something about catching a fish in the winter. It’s like you cheated mother nature and found a way to…
October 14, 2015
Q&A: A Look Back on the Last 16 Years with Hackle Client Mr. October
Check out our interview with Chris Harris, who has fished with the Grizzly Hackle for 16 years in a row! He talks about his favorite flies, rods, Missoula rivers, and more!
September 25, 2015
Drew Miller, Montana Fishing Outfitter, Guide & Captain. Like No Other. Period.
Our licensed Montana fishing Outfitter at the Grizzly Hackle, Drew Miller, is a rare gem. Read about his Montana Pike fishing adventures and more here!
September 23, 2015
Grizzly Hackle Guide David Hufman on Fall Fishing Near Missoula
Veteran Grizzly Hackle guide Dave Hufman is always in pursuit of big trout, but this fall is a great time to get those big Bitterroot brown trout!