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Madison River - Upper - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Plenty of fishing to be had however in a lot of very good areas on the Upper.  Reports in the "between the lakes" area has been good.   Nymphing the usual Maddy fare up there as well as small black & olive bunny leach patterns have been producing.  Downstream from Story Ditch down to Ennis, stopping and hitting the good runs is productive.  Dead-drifting a bugger & a bead works well.  Lots of good size bows are on the move up river and will eat a well presented nymph rig.  Several nice browns have shown as well on swung streamers while on the move between anchoring spots.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4

 
Madison River - Lower - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Reports from the Lower have been coming in fairly steadily.  Fishing has been good!  It's kind of a "take your pick" right now with some folks focusing just on the streamer gig.  Others on the traditional Lower Maddy fare of nymphing the buckets and deeper runs.  And others yet that are finding rishing fish -especially in the afternoons that have had clouds and less wind.  There has been a fair bit of blue wing olive action joiing the midges for those seeking the dry fly gig.  Baetis have been present in the afternoons with midges in the morning. The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare and subsurface.  Water temps are still quite chilly! Dont' fall in! 

Flies to fling:
Bow River Bugger olive, dark olive
Zonkers- copper, pearl
RL Crystal Bugger olive
McCune Sculpin natural, olive
Clouser Cray
San Juan
SH Copper John, copper & red
FB PT
Master Baetis
Wonder Baetis
Bubbleback Baetis
Hares' Ear
King Prince
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Park is currently closing to fishing.  It re-opens the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  Although closed to angling, the sight seeing can be fantastic this time of year.  Bears are starting to come out of hibernation and can be seen in good numbers in the spring.  That, along with all of the other wildlife in the park can make for a great day.  You can end the day with a soak in the Boiling River on your way out of the Park.  Better than being inside...
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fishing on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks (Armstrong, Depuy, Nelson) is good to excellent given the day's conditions.  We've been getting reports that the creeks are full of fish right now and there's lots of spawners. A word to remeber- those are the future fish of the Yellowstone! Work to be careful of the spawning reds.  Leave the spawning fish alone and focus your efforts on the fish that have have dropped back into the deeper runs. 

Midges throughout the day will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis should be making an appearance with the right conditions in the early PM.  Perhaps intensifying if a heavier cloud cover comes in.  Fish will still key on the baetis nymphs that will be found in the water columns.  Short leash nymphing with 6x and small zebra midges, sawyer pts, softhackle pts, tailwater tiny's, sow bugs, scuds, little flossy san juans, and the like will do well.  Never underestimate a small-ish black or olive bunny fur streamer (love the slumbuster!) when nothing else seems to be working.....
 
Yellowstone River - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
A good day to be on the water!  Overcast skies today and relativley warm (for early April!) temps may have the trout on the move.  A gameplan would be to start out with streamers and move to dries or "short leash" nymphing once things are warmed up more.  AM streamer colors have varied a little bit but staying dark seems pretty good.  Blacks, olives, dark neutral colors have been catching fish.  Midday through the afternoon lighter, flashier stuff has been catching.  On the nymphing side, rubberlegs are staple.  Add your choice of smaller beadhead.  Or go non-bead!  If the clouds prevail (and the wind doesn't ruin things....) there could be some blue winged olives (baetis) to get the fish up.  Reports have been somewhat inconsistent on the baetis, but having faith- it will happen!

Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 4
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 14-18
FB PT 16-18
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20



Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information. 



 
Madison River - Upper - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Plenty of fishing to be had however in a lot of very good areas on the Upper.  Reports in the "between the lakes" area has been good.   Nymphing the usual Maddy fare up there as well as small black & olive bunny leach patterns have been producing.  Downstream from Story Ditch down to Ennis, stopping and hitting the good runs is very productive.  Again, usual Maddy fare for in here is working quite well.  Lots of good size bows are on the move up river and will eat a well presented nymph rig.  Several nice browns have shown as well on swung streamers while on the move between anchoring spots.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4