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Madison River - Lower - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:
The fishing continues to be great on the Lower Madison from Ennis Dam down. Floating, hiking up the Beartrap Canyon, and wading the lower half are all great options to access the river. Drifting crayfish, stonefly, caddis, and attractor patterns under an indicator along mid-river seams and the banks have all produced lots of fish and we expect this trend to continue through the week. Streamer fishing with smaller patterns has been good on more overcast days. For those looking to fish dries there have been consistent hatches of PMDs, Mahoganies, Caddis, and lingering stonefly activty. Cooler weather has kept the fish happy and willing-- Not many better spots to fish right now!

Recommended Flies:

Low-rider Sally sz 14-16
Microfrank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Chubby Chernobyl sz 10-12
South Fork Secret sz 8
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Super Pupa sz 14-18
Translucent Pupa sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-10
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Bitch-Creek Bugger sz 4-8

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:

There is no shortage of fishy-food for the trout to gobble down right now on the Lower Madison which has made for willing trout and exciting fishing. On any given day you can expect to encounter Hydropsyche Caddis, Glossosoma Caddis, PMDs, yellow sallies, March Browns, Salmonflies, and Golden Stones buzzing around and a quick seine reveals no lack of scuds, worms, and midges. Daily weather conditions play a role in insect abundance but expect some very good fishing rain or shine. Nymphing mid-river seams at the edge of weed beds has been a great strategy for catching some big trout-- check out our Facebook page for the proof. Bouncing heavy stonefly nymphs along the bottom close to the banks is another way to go about catching trout. Recent overcast conditions which are forecast to hold through the week have made for some good streamer fishing, so if the skies are grey and casting sinking lines with 2/0 flies for big trout sounds like the perfect combo then head over to the Maddy and get stripping.

Recommended Flies:
Low-rider Sally sz 14-16
Microfrank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Chubby Chernobyl sz 10-12
South Fork Secret sz 8
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Super Pupa sz 14-18
Translucent Pupa sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-10
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Bitch-Creek Bugger sz 4-8

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:

The lower Madison continues to provide the Bozeman area with a great option while other local rivers remain high and muddy. Adult Salmonflies are buzzing around, good numbers of Caddis on a daily basis, and a host of other bugs including PMDs and Yellow Sallies to keep things interesting. Streamer fishing continues to be good but the best fishing has been nymphing under an indicator with large stonefly nymphs and buggers. Flows have increased the past few days which makes things tougher than they have been but conditions remain great for a day out on the water.

Recommended Flies:
Low-rider Sally sz 14-16
Microfrank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-12
Flutterbug sz 8
South Fork Secret sz 8
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Super Pupa sz 14-18
Translucent Pupa sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-10
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Bitch-Creek Bugger sz 4-8

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison Flyfishing:

Flows have been reduced to 3410 CFS,  sunny skies rule next weeks forecast, and the countdown has begun for the salmonfly fishing on the lower Madison. The big bugs are close to shore and prime to pop in the next two weeks.

The water continues to stay off-color but the trout, particularly the big browns, don't seem to mind as reports of good streamer fishing continue to pour in. Fishing with rubber legs, streamers, crawdaddies, and other big-nasties has been the ticket and will continue to be until the salmonflies go off. When they do you'll be sure to hear about it from us, and be ready to really kick the summer off with some great fishing. I know you'll see us out there!

Recommended Flies:
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!

 
Madison River - Lower - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny yesterday.  Cloudy, no wind, and a touch soggy the day before.  Guess which day fished better??  If you picked the later, you were right!  March Browns, baetis, as well as caddis were coming off all afternoon.  And fish were obsessing about them all!  Thurs in the sun, not so much.  Weekend looking a bit more like what brought the fish out on Weds so perhaps things will be good!  Creeks are pumping in the gunk especially with the rains.  However, it's still fishable and is worthy of taking the shot. To be consistent,  the main gig has been to fish subsurface.  Not a whole lot different as far as what to tie on: San Juans, Rubberlegs, Crayfish are all good to great lead flies.  Add a dropper and go.  You may find yourself changing things up a fair bit with the dropper fly... Or not depending on your pick!

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
La Fontaine's deep caddis pupa and emerger
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Latest reports from the Lower have been pretty mixed.  Some saying it's been good- others have been lukewarm.  Clarity has been an issue with about a foot and a half.  It's been "greening up" and then kind of trashed out again.  Beaver Creek, Cherry, and Elk Cr are all likely culprits.  By the time you hit Greycliff, things can be certainly different than up above at Warm Springs.  Still consistently the gig has been subsurface.  Not a whole lot different as far as what to tie on: San Juans, Rubberlegs, Crayfish are all good to great lead flies.  Add a dropper and go.  You may find yourself changing things up a fair bit with the dropper fly... Or not depending on your pick!

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