Montana Fly Fishing Guides and Tours
14 Jan 2017
John Perry Fly Fishing

History of Fly Fishing

The first written mention of fly fishing in the history of fly fishing seems to be from the Romans, describing the way the Macedonians fished on the Astraeus River.  The Macedonians were using flies even then, tying “red wool” around two feathers. Their rods were six feet long, and so were their lines. The Romans were apparently impressed.

Little else was written about fly fishing until a book was published in 1496, written by a woman in Great Britain. Dame Juliana Berners was not just a fisherman, she was also into hawking, hunting and field sports. And she was a nun. There was a poem written about fly fishing in 1613, said to be penned by a fishing partner of William Shakespeare.

British fly fishing continued to develop until in the 19th Century, there were fly fishing clubs and books written on fly tying and fishing techniques. Dry fishing gained a reputation as being the only way to fish the slower rivers, but as always, there were rebels. George Edward MacKenzie Skues proved with his nymph and wet fly techniques on those same rivers, and even wrote two very influential books about them.

The Practical Angler was published by a Scotsman, W.C. Stewart, in 1857.

Fly fishing was adopted about that time in both Scandinavia and the United States, where people weren’t nearly so rigid about where and how to use what.

More history to come!

17 Dec 2016
Winter in Montana

Winter on the Clark Fork

It’s winter in Montana. This winter has seen some wild swings of temperature. As I write this, the skies can’t decide whether to rain or snow and the temperature is hovering somewhere between 39 degrees and freezing. We are expecting snow next week…

13 Nov 2016
Tying Flies for Fun with John Perry

John Perry Tying Fly Fishing Flies

John Perry Tying Fly Fishing FliesA lot of people know me because of my flies, which have now been used in rivers around the world. After my hunting season is over and everything outside is snowy white, I stoke up the fireplace and hunker down for a few intense months of tying flies.

I usually tie between 300 and 400 dozen flies during the weeks and months that I’m not out on the rivers of Montana. At John Perry Fly Fishing, we provide all the flies for our clients on our trips. I spend the winter months tying flies to get my boxes full of some of my old stand-by patterns. I also come up with some new fly patterns… some that don’t even have names yet! If you would like to place orders for any of my flies, you should know I sell them in dozen lots. They cost $30-36 USD per dozen, depending upon the pattern.

All my flies are stage and triple-glued, using the finest materials available.

Popular patterns for sale are Bugmeisters, Transformers (all colors), Hymen Hoppers, Congo Caddis, Nightmares, Extended Bodies and The Wickeds.

Email me at if you want to order some flies!