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Yellowstone River - April 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Near record warm temps yesterday and today have the river on the rise.  Not just a little, but the doubling of flows kind of  rise.  Comng from the Lamar and other Park waterways, it's not the kind of news one really wants to be faced with on such a nice day.  Floating the river is going to be great--fishing will be great--catching?  Ummm maybe not so much.  And Caddis were on the verge!  Down by Livingston yesterday there were caddis in the air & on the water.  Oh how frustrating!

IF we can get back to fishable water conditions later this week---it'supposed to be warm in the 70s through Weds.... we should get a crack at Mother's Day caddis.  In addition, there are daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Browns.  The weather besides being HOT this week,  looks good on paper.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods and very tolerable wind patterns.  Can we get a fishable window on the Yellowstone?  Stay tuned.....

What to do and where? Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish until early to mid PM.  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs below the riffle water.   Even the slow froggy water will continue to hold good trout.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  We will continue to have solid blue winged olives hatches(baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns.  You should also see March Browns and possibly a few caddis, especially down toward or just below Livingston. Nymphing with a  double fly rig starting with a small stonefly  or a San Juan worm and then prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  etc as a dropper are all good combos.  Be sure you are weighted enough to get down in the deep buckets.  Once you start seeing baetis and March Browns on the surface, you can definitely shorten up to the "short leash" nymph setup which consists of a pinch on indicator about 2 feet or less to your bigger heavier beadhead nymph.  Throw a non-bead baetis emerger or softhackle in a size 16 or 18 behind this.  Going Dry?  Ausable Wulffs, Adams Wulff, Copper Haze, Para Hares Ear in size 10-12 are all good March Brown imitators.  Follow them up with a size 16 or 18 baetis emerger, soft hackle, or dry pattern and you've got both bases covered.  Those trout will really like the baetis bug trapped in the film so cripples can be deadly.

Pulling big junk is another likely means of getting a bend in the rod.  Streamer patterns to try- Circus Peanuts, Conrad Sculpin, Bow Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sasquatch- Granato's or McNight's, Home Invader.  Don't always associate pulling junk to mean ripping it off the banks.  Getting it in close and tight line swinging off can sometimes be the ticket.

We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Looking good Mr. Madison-- fishing good Mr. Fly Rod! Reports we've had are that the Lower Maddy has been good to very good.  Water visibility has vastly improved and it's very straightforward fishing out there.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  As is typical with the Lower, best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  As for hatches, there are baetis and March Browns in addition to the midges that have been present all winter long.

Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  Pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Mixed clouds and sun today with moderate spring like temps- Hmm, sounds like a good day to be on the water!  Moderate North wind will keep things feeling a little cooler than if it was windless, but it's not honking.  So get after it!  Look for good water conditions to continue here on the Upper Madison.   Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Clouds hanging around as well as tolerable wind conditions shoujld make for another very good day on the spring creeks.  Midges are there and going throughout the day.  Today should see good baetis activity in early to mid afternoon and rolling through the early evening hours.  Good nymphing can be had all day.  Look for risers on midges this AM.  And hopefully will continue through with the blue wing emergence.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.

Be aware that there are still quite a few spawners in the creeks so pay attention to where and how you are wading.  The rainbow redds look like saucer shaped super clean gravel depressions in the shallow, fast moving waters.  It's likely that you will physically see fish on or very near these spots.  These are rainbows that are likely actively spawning .  Let's leave them alone and let them do their thing.  And wading through these areas can be detrimental to the success of the eggs hatching and becoming the next generation of wild MT trout.  If you think it might be a redd, stay off!  Go around and wade away from these locations.  There are plenty of other spots to fish on the spring creeks besides the big spawning beds....And thank you for your consideration.

Call the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports

 
Yellowstone River - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Yellowstone is in as good a shape as it gets for spring fishing.  We continue to have very good reports coming in from guides as well as other fishermen getting out and getting after it.  Daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Brown as well.  The weather this week has been about perfect.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods with snow showers in the mountains and very tolerable wind patterns are making for good fishing conditions as the baetis and March Browns prefer the more cloudy and low light we have had.  Looking ahead, this weekend should see the great fishing continue.  We're getting really close on Mother's Day caddis.  Early?  Not really, this may actually be a bit more 'normal'.  Warmer weather at the end of the weekend and early next week may be what tips the balance to the start of the caddis hatch, but it may also bring our next push of off color rising water.  Stay tuned to find out.

What to do and where? Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish until early to mid PM.  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs below the riffle water.   Even the slow froggy water will continue to hold good trout.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  We will continue to have solid blue winged olives hatches(baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns.  You should also see March Browns and possibly a few caddis, especially down toward or just below Livingston. Nymphing with a  double fly rig starting with a small stonefly  or a San Juan worm and then prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  etc as a dropper are all good combos.  Be sure you are weighted enough to get down in the deep buckets.  Once you start seeing baetis and March Browns on the surface, you can definitely shorten up to the "short leash" nymph setup which consists of a pinch on indicator about 2 feet or less to your bigger heavier beadhead nymph.  Throw a non-bead baetis emerger or softhackle in a size 16 or 18 behind this.  Going Dry?  Ausable Wulffs, Adams Wulff, Copper Haze, Para Hares Ear in size 10-12 are all good March Brown imitators.  Follow them up with a size 16 or 18 baetis emerger, soft hackle, or dry pattern and you've got both bases covered.  Those trout will really like the baetis bug trapped in the film so cripples can be deadly.

Pulling big junk is another likely means of getting a bend in the rod.  Streamer patterns to try- Circus Peanuts, Conrad Sculpin, Bow Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sasquatch- Granato's or McNight's, Home Invader.  Don't always associate pulling junk to mean ripping it off the banks.  Getting it in close and tight line swinging off can sometimes be the ticket.

We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly dropping bit by bit the past 4 or 5 days.  Not anything huge at all.  Question remains: Visibility.  Is it still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now or getting better?. Reports we've had are that it is staying about status quo without a whole lot of change.  Fishable?? Yes.  You can stir up a fish or 3 if you try, but it's not gonzo by any means.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401