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Madison River - Lower - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good


A heads up- we have been told by MT FWP that electroshocking survey boats will be out for several days in a row on the Lower again this week doing their annual fish census work.  Up to you, but it may be a good idea to stay above the Warm Springs boat ramp area and wade fish into the Bear Trap!

Winter fishing conditions still rule.  There are some midge hatches to be found.  What you will find is predominantely smaller fish focused on them.  The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare.  For the most part, fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like crayfish patterns, bead buggers, bow buggers, and trailing with smaller beadhead  midge, mayfly, or caddis pupa is a proven & good way to find some nice fish.    Water temps are still quite chilly! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a bit more sluggish and won't move all that far for your bugs.  Be consistent, patient, and methodical before giving up on what looks like good water.  Find as deep and off speed runs as you can.  Happy hunting!  

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° 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 - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The creeks are full of fish right now, but 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 in the coming weeks as the water temperture continues to rise.  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 - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good fishing to be had during warmer weather windows on the Stone right now.  We have started to see some of our lower elevation snow melt in the past couple weeks, so check the flows before heading out.  The river has been off color every few days.  Fishing has been best in the afternoon as the mercury rises.  Streamer fishing has been the most productive method for the trout.  Think slow...The water is still cold.  Nymphing has been good as well, but you will have to weed through the whiteys to find the trout.

Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 4
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20
Pat's Rubber Legs Any Color 8-10
Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10


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



 
Madison River - Upper - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Other than the fact that the water is low, the Upper Maddy has been fishing very nicely.  It's fall, and it's the Maddy, so the dry fly game is limited.  Likely a bit more in the pocket water areas in the Wade Fishing zone more so than down in the valley. Fish may be looking up in certain protected lines and eddies. Especially if we have a good baetis hatch and bugs are on the water.  Productivity is best left to streamer fishing or under an indicator.    Rubberlegs, bunny fur, and san juans are all good choices out front.  And add your favorite Maddy small beadhead on back.  Fished about 5-7 feet under an indy. Or without and on a tight line barely creeping along.  Both methods continue to be good.

 
Madison River - Lower - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water clarity issues are plaguing the river to a greater degree.  Not the easiest out there.  Hoping things will clear considerably.  Estimates put it at a foot to 18 inches.  You can see the weedbed edges and structure but the river is definitely pretty heavy with gray/green sediment.  Yes, there are some baetis that have been coming off.  Wind is always an issue however.  Catch the right afternoon without the "W" and pods of fish should be willing to eat the little green bugs that will be hatching in the early afternoon hours.  Otherwise, standard Lower Maddy fare of "short leash" bobbers and bugs are your go-to bet.  Crays, buggers, bunny fur and san juans with small glittery bright bling droppers has it's share of followers.  Key in on the weedbed edges, buckets, and noticeable deeper slots.  Plenty of 10-15 inch bows n browns to keep you busy. And a few of the biggies are showing too.


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