Rainy Day Fishing Activities – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Rainy Day Fishing Activities

Finally rain is providing some respite to the waters around Bozeman. While heavy rainfalls can bring plugs (areas of exceptionally dirty water because of increased flows), they also help cool down the water and air temperatures which makes life much easier for the fish. While I totally encourage people to fish rainy days, it’s easy to understand that not everyone wants to gear up in waterproof coats and waders to hit the river while it’s chilly out. Fair enough.

However, just because you’re not on the river doesn’t mean you can’t be doing something fishing related. Perhaps the most obvious solution would be tying up some flies for when you do go back outside. If you’re a beginning fly tier and the weather is convincing you to invest, here’s your gentle reminder that Fins and Feathers carries not only all of the supplies you will need to tie anything from a Zebra Midge to a Elk Hair Caddis to a Sex Dungeon – but we also carry a variety of vises and tools to help with fly tying. You can pre-shop and make a plan using our online store!

Perhaps you’re happy purchasing flies (or just don’t feel like sitting down with your vise and a beer…….) and are looking for another fish related activity. We carry a variety of books about fishing and “how-to’s” at the shop for your perusal. However, I’m going to go a bit further and make a few book recommendations. After all, everyone loves a good fishing tale.

So here are some of my top (non-“how to” or “all about this specific type of bug) book…in no particular order:

8. Closer to the Ground, An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods and At The Table – Dylan Tomine
7. Rivers Running Free, Stories of Adventurous Women – Judith Niemi and Barb Wieser
6. The Habit of Rivers – Ted Leeson
5. Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water – Kathleen Dean Morris
4. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard
3. For the Love of Rivers, A Scientist’s Journey – Kurt D. Fausch
2. The River Why – David James Duncan
1. Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing and the Waters of Appalachia – David L. O’Hara and Matthew Dickerson

Also, Steven just pointed out that we do have at least one signed copy of Another Lousy Day in Paradise by John Gierach. I haven’t read it, so it looks like I’ll have another one to add to the list.

Fins and Feathers is a Bozeman based Fly Fishing and Guide Shop. We offer a variety of guiding options and packages to meet whatever your needs may be.