So the title could be a half handed rip off of a beloved country song but.... that's what I've got for ya. Whew....... for all those out there braving the crowds, the heat, and shall we say the uh people of the eccentric varietal ............ I am pleased to announce. FALL HAS ARRIVED ! It officially arrived in our busy little town on the 22nd and has already gotten to crisping up the a1ir and changing the leaves to the bright reds and yellows we know and love. For me its a total sea change in the mind. Thoughts of cold mornings walking through the woods in search of that trophy . And quiet afternoons on a river whose water reflects all the splendor of the changing trees.
Yep I love fall............hands down love it. The scenery is beautiful, the weathers on point. And the fishing..... is really a "best of all worlds" scenario. Great dry fly opportunities, streamer eats and toothy critters are all in the crosshairs. The weather and the water is cooling down in a big way and getting our fishy friends thinking about calories, calories, calories, before the big freeze.
So what does this mean for us fishing people ? well.........only good things. Its time to start thinking about dry flies on cool clear days, the first appearance of our Hecuba mayfly (last of the big mayflies for the year ) and big black junk in the middle of the river. Its time to start thinking about that dumbbell eyed creature you tied months ago and all but forgot about. Fall will always be streamer season first and foremost. And although most of the time it can be a tough game to play, when it comes together it comes together in volumes. Truth be told one of my favorite bugs on the sub surface game (If we're talking about our Flathead river system) is the good old polar leech. No, not what I would define as a streamer. but ......damn ...... give it a try. Ohh yes and last but not least. It sure as heck is time to start thinkin about gear! We have a great selection of mens and womens fall duds to keep you warm and comfy out on those chilly days. "Rods" you ask , we are stacked, And one of our favorite manufacturers, Scott, has discontinued what has to be one of the greatest "cult follwing " rods ever made, the "Radian" we currently have a 9ft 5wt,4wt and 6wt in stock. THESE WILL NOT LAST. so if your in the market for a surgically accurate dry fly stick or a streamer cannon that cannot be outdone get in here ! Happy Happy fall to everyone we hope to see ya out on the water or in the shop really soon.
Busy times , and great fishing around most bends. Find the zone that has fewer people for social distancing, and better fishing.
Lots of people around.
Great time to switch your afternoon game plan to the early am bite time. Its been hot out there. Start earlier for better success.
The Clark For has been giving up some great fish. Book one of our top Guides, take the guess work out of it, get it done.
The fly shop is stocked with everything you need for angling success. Lakestream has the best selection of flies in our area. This is where the Guides shop for their flies.
We are the Flathead Valleys, and North West Montana's only YEAR ROUND , FULL SERVICE FLY SHOP. Serving local and traveling anglers with a smile since 1982.
CHEERS FRIENDS !!
BE SMART, STAY SAFE , HEALTHY , AND SAIN IN OUR CRAZY WORLD !!!!!
GO FISH !!!!!
THE FLY SHOP IS HOPPING THIS MORNING. GUIDED TRIPS HEADED TO LOCAL RIVERS, AND LAKES. FEELS GOOD TO BE BUSY.
THE FISHING HAS BEEN PRETTY DECENT IN THE FLATHEAD RIVER SYSTEM DESPITE ALL OF THE RAIN WE HAVE HAD OVER THE LAST WEEK, FIND THE SOFT WATER EDGES, AND LOOK FOR BUGS. PMDS , DRAKES AND GOLDENS HATCHING DAILY , AND YOU CAN GET A FEW GOOD ONES ON DRYS IF YOU ARE LOOKING . THE DROPPER , OR FULL NYMPH GAME HAS BEEN THE MAIN PLAYER. WORMS AND TURDS FOR SURE SHOULD BE LOADED IN YOUR FLY BOXES. COME SEE US . WE HAVE PILES IN OUR FULLY LOADED FLY BINS HERE AT LAKESTREAM FLY SHOP.
ALL LOCAL RIVERS ARE WAY BIG. PLEASE RESPECT THE BIG WATER OUT THERE. IF YOU ARE NOT ON YOUR GAME SHE WILL EAT YOU UP. ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE HAVE HAD THIS BIG OF WATER OVER THE 4TH WEEKEND. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. CALL US AT THE FLY SHOP FOR UP TO THE MINUTE RIVER AND FISHING REPORTS.
WE ARE YOUR SOURCE FOR ALL INFO IN THE LOCAL FISHING WORLD. WE HAVE GUIDES OUT EVERY DAY FROM THE BLACKFOOT, TO THE CLARK FORK, AND ALL STEMS OF THE FLATHEAD RIVER.
GREAT REPORTS BEFORE THE BIG BLOW OUT THIS WEEK. THE CLARK FORK , AND THE BLACKFOOT GAVE IT UP ON BIG BUGS . SUMMER IS ROLLING IN. THIS WEEK SHOULD BE REALLY GREAT FISHING.
LAKESTREAM IS PLUM FULL OF ALL THE COOL FLY GEAR YOU NEED.
WE GOT YOU COVERED.
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
THE LAKESTREAM CREW
Warm weather and heavy runoff. Have no fear. Lakes are here!
We have got some incredible weather on its way in the next few days. What a great time to get out fishing with friends and family. It's looking like this weeks weather is going to put the Flathead on another big bump in flows. It's all good though. We are so so lucky to have some excellent options for fishing on lakes around our beautiful valley. Echo lake has been slowly getting better and better each and every day. There is a good chance things could be getting just plain silly out there soon. Rogers lake has also been a great option to find fish as well. If you have been wanting to get out and learn to catch some fish on the fly, give us a call here at the shop and we will get you hooked up with one of our excellent guides here at Lakestream. For those of you wanting to do some exploration of some new water, please feel free to stop on by and get up to the minute intel on many of our local waters. Don't let big rivers get you down. There are plenty of fish to be found. Lakestream is open 9-5 for the next few days and will move to 8-5 starting June 1st. Don't forget that June 1st is the start of Phase 2 for Montana's plan to reopen. No more 14 quarantine required for out of state travelers. We are taking COVID-19 very seriously and want to ensure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. Thank you for being so supportive during these crazy times. Let's go catch some fish!
Well it does occasionally get lonely over here at the Lakestream Fly Shop but today I feel its for a great reason............ All you guys are out doing what you should be on such a gorgeous day ! and rightfully so. From all of us here at the shop, have a very happy very safe Memorial day! Lets raise one tonight for all those who cant be here today and keep them in our thoughts.
Great news! Starting June 1st, the state of Montana will be moving into phase 2 of reopening. With the new phase, travelers coming into the state will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days.
This is great news for us here at Lakestream as we are looking forward to getting back to some level of normal. We are excited to cautiously get back into our regular guide season here at the shop starting June 1st. If you have been sitting around waiting to book your guided trip until the quarantine has been lifted, please feel free to give us a call here at the shop. We will get you booked to go fishing with one of our incredible guides. This good news comes to us because of how great we have been doing as a state to keep this pandemic under control. We know that we are not out of the woods yet, but will continue to work hard on cleanliness and maintaining the safety of our clients and guides. What a great time to get out and go fishing!
We are running local trips on our area lakes, as well as guiding down on the Missouri. This time of the year is an excellent time to be down on the Mo! Daily reports from our guides have been as good as they get. If you have already been in the state for 14 days, why not take advantage of our spring special while it lasts! Only 12 days left!
Let us take you fishing!
Happy sunny Sunday to all of you fishy people out there! This warm weather has us thinking of long summer days spent out on the river. No need to wait for summer though. Our popular spring guide special is being extended through the month of May. For $299 we can send you out on a local half day trip with one of our excellent guides. $399 gets you a full day on the Missouri River! These are some of the best prices out there! Not to mention that this is some of the best times to fish down on the Mo. If you are a local coming out of a long Covid-19 slumber, what better way to find normal again than through a day on the water. Lakestream is proud to have such an awesome local community. Through these difficult times, we would love to brighten things up with some fish to the net. Give us a call to book your trip!
The shop is open Monday-Saturday and is fully stocked for all of your fishing endeavors. Stop in to stock up and do some social distancing out on the river. Give us a call ahead of time if you would like us to bring your flies to your car.
- Your friends at Lakestream
Let's first start things off by expressing how thankful we are to have such an amazing and supportive local family here at Lakestream. It is your continued support that keeps our doors open during difficult times like these.
In light of recent developments and the announcement from Gov. Bullock on Tuesday, we thought it best to put out an update on how Lakestream is responding to the current situation.
Starting Monday, April 27th, business will resume to some level of normal. We will continue to be offering all the necessary fishing services that you may need for you to enjoy the outdoors and some fresh air. If you are anything like us, some quality outside time is much needed during all of this. In addition, we will be resuming our guided trips through the shop. This includes local river and lake trips, as well as our "normal" Missouri river spring guiding season. These new developments do not come without efforts to adhere to all guidelines set by the CDC and state. Montana's travel quarantine will remain in effect, and out of state travelers and residents arriving from another state or country back to Montana for non-work related purposes are required to quarantine for 14 days. This means that we will not be providing guide services to individuals who have been traveling out of state and have not completed their 14 days of quarantine.
All shop staff and guides will be taking the utmost precautions to ensure the safety of customers, clients, and themselves. Efforts will be made to maintain proper social distance in the shop, and meticulous cleaning and disinfecting will be happening routinely. These certainly are some crazy times, and we want to be sure that we are making the wisest decisions possible.
If you need supplies at the shop and do not want to come in, please call us at 406-862-1298 during our business hours, and we will bring items out to you.
As this situation continues to change, so will our response. Please stay tuned for any further developments as things move forward. We wish you and your families all the best right now. We will get through this one step at a time.
- Your friends at Lakestream