The Salmon Flies finally showed up on the Madison River in Montana this past week. Greg Fay headed up and floated from Lyons Bridge to Mcatee with friend Branif Scott and did well on adult Salmon Fly patterns. The rivers are all fishing great and the weather in Montana is gorgeous with highs in the 80’s, low humidity and sunny skies. If you are suffering from the heat wave that seems to have its grip on most of the country, come on out and wet a fly.
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The Whitetail Pines Retreat is located just west of Buffalo, Wyoming, laying between downtown Buffalo and the Big Horn Mountains. The Wyoming property is adjacent to the popular Clear Creek Walking Trail, providing easy access to the trail system and the Big Horn National Forest. The property is accessed off of US Highway 16, west of Buffalo and turning south on Turkey Lane.
The Wyoming ranch is ideal for horseback riding, ATV riding, hunting and fly fishing. The dramatic views, the beautiful creek bottoms and the large ridges provide beautiful scenery while either actively recreating or simply enjoying the quiet. For the avid mountain biker or hiker, the Clear Creek Trail System that borders the north boundary of the parcel offers many miles of trails to explore.
"If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business." -Sparse Grey Hackle
"By the time I had turned thirty, I'd realized two important things. One, I had to fish. Two, I had to work for a living." - Mallory Burton
If these two fly fishing quotes ring true with you, read on... Gallatin Riverguides is one of the most well established, reputable fly shops and outfitters in Montana. Twenty seven years under continuous ownership is amazing and speaks to the continued loyalty of their clients and the creativity and diligence of the owner. But as with anything, the time has come to move on to other pursuits. As being one who has personally started, operated for 13 wonderful summers and then sold my own Montana fly fishing shop and outfitting service, I can testify to the camaraderie and benefits of this lifestyle and career choice. I still miss it.
The Fay Ranches boys in Colorado just wrapped up their late winter marketing meeting with what else… fly fishing ! Team Colorado members John Hayter, Coble Thurman, and Chip Lenihan capped off a two day meeting at one of their premier listings, Roaring Fork Overlook, just a few miles downstream from Aspen. “This Colorado property has the best single hole on the Fork” boasts listing Broker Chip Lenihan. Not guys to take anyone’s word when it comes to fish talk, Hayter and Thurman checked it out for themselves and landed over a dozen fish in about an hour and a half. A size 18 mayfly emerger pattern aptly named “Mayhem” was the silver bullet of the afternoon.
For someone who loves to catch trout in excess of 20” and enjoys waterfowl and pheasant hunting as well as whitetail deer and turkeys, it doesn’t get any better than Fish Creek Ranch in Montana. The ranch, on the Jefferson River near Whitehall, MT, has 1605 +/- acres of incredible river bottom habitat. There are huge cottonwoods, a small spring creek that doesn’t freeze, over two miles of Fish Creek which has monster trout as well as +/- 4 miles of the Jefferson River. I love this ranch. Fish Creek is one of the coolest and least fished streams I’ve been on. Someone is going to get a heck of a ranch at a great price, we just reduced it from $8.5m to $6.8m.
Fay Ranches and Fay's brokers and agents have a tremendous amount of experience fly fishing and marketing fly fishing ranches and property. As a result, Fay Ranches works closely with numerous conservation groups such as Trout Unlimited.
This week my fellow ranch broker, Coble Thurman, and I attended a Denver Angling Society Luncheon sponsored by Colorado Trout Unlimited. We enjoyed some great food, made several new acquaintances, and enjoyed a great presentation given by Mark Lance on fly fishing Patagonia. Mark Lance is a great fly fisherman and photographer and his wife, Sharon Lance, is a Trout Unlimited Trustee. Truly great people and great resources if you love fly fishing.
The “Pan” is one of the most famous trout streams in Colorado and the country for a very good reason: lots of trout and year round dry fly fishing! Almost every day the fish in this beautiful small river spend anywhere from 10 minutes to three hours sipping emergers or chompin’ baetis duns on the surface. Last Friday it was the latter with 6’ to 20’ rainbow trout doing their thing on size 18 Mayfly duns. The action was fast and furious from 11 until about 1:30 with my buddy and I netting some 15 trout on size 18 BWOs (darker patterns worked the best). Lost three pigs due to the one drawback to this feeding frenzy: 7x tippet is a must. Did bring a couple of 17”ers to hand, which made the day!
For decades, we at Fay have prided ourselves as the first to focus on sporting and fly fishing ranches for sale in the Northwestern, United States. We consider ourselves to be pioneers and leaders in the recreational real estate industry because of our approach with conservation and family. As Autumn fast approaches, take a look around and realize this is the prime time to be outdoors in the west. Whether you are an avid trout angler, gearing up for hunting season or doing some hiking around the lake. Get out there with your family and friends and enjoy what being outside is what life is all about.