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Madison River - Lower - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Welcome back, Mr. Sun!  A couple days straight now of seemingly perfect early summer conditions out there on the water to greet you.  Sunny and warm again today with light NW winds will have the Maddy hopping with peeps out to get their Trout On!  Good numbers of Caddis, some stoneflies mostly golden and yellow sallies, and PMDs are on the water.  It's also time for Mr. Pteronarcys to show.  Nothing definitive on the salmonfly, but with this weekend, I'll bet we start to hear that they are out and that fish are starting to look for them.  The Lower doesn't get a great salmonfly hatch.  In fact, over the years, they've become pretty spotty, but there are places that the fish do key in.  Be ready!

What to do to put a bend in the rod?  Nymph 'em up with  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans as good to great point flies.  Run a smaller dropper.  BH mayfly, caddis, or small stoneflies are good bets.   Under your Indy be running 3-6 feet of leader to said point fly.  Weight.  Add enough to get the bugs down in the zone.  Next up, consider a goldenstone or yellow sally stimi as a point fly and drop that BH off the back.  Anywhere from 12-24 inches depending on your pattern and how heavy it might be.  Single dry may also be the ticket when you find rising pods of fish.  Watch that rise form.  It'll tell you a lot about what the fish is actually eating.  Streamers, too are going to be working.

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

Patterns du Jour
Clouser Cray, tan, dark tan
Pat's Rubberlegs (aka Turd)
RBGB
San Juan
Flexi Juan
Hot bead stone
Copper Johns- red, copper, black
Lightning bug- mirage, purple, gold
Shop Vac- olive, PT
FB PT
Wonder baetis, wonder PMD
Iron Sally
Copper Zonker
Bow Bugger in black/olive
Olive articulated fathead
Foxee Clouser
Granato's Sasquatch

 
Yellowstone River - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
3 days of sun now and climbing daytime temps (heading toward 80 today) and well, guess what?  Yeah, runoff has resumed.  River conditions are deteriorating rather rapidly.  Just like the rise in flow.  It's to be expected and frankly, relieving!  So, for now, the Stone is on the X list once again.  Give it a couple weeks though and we'll hopefully be right back on.


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



 
Madison River - Upper - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Wet, cool, even downright soggy.  Words to describe the past week plus.  The weather is very much playing a big part in how comfortable or "not so much" out there on the river.  One thing is for sure, this cold wet rainy weather pattern has runoff on hold.  River visibility it steadily improving.  We'd give it near 3 feet now. What's that doing for the fishing?  The stupid bugger/turd & a Juan fishing of 10 days ago is quickly getting replaced with a little more technical fare!  It's looking like early July out there! 

What to throw: typical Upper Maddy spring stuff!  On the run be looking at Pat's Rubber Legs (turd), san juans in various colors, Bow River Buggers, Zonkers, and such as point fly.  Add a baetis sized BH mayfly nymph, or caddis pupa pattern as the dropper.  If you find a good run and want to post up on it, change that depth and weight scenario to make sure you get down.  Otherwise, same fly rigs will work fine.  Water stays or gets even more clear, lighten up on leader X and think smaller, techy fly patterns.
 
Madison River - Lower - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Wet, rainy conditions seeming to prevail.  Mr. Sun o' where art thou?  Who cares!  Aside from pushing runoff to a near standstill on just about all area rivers, the cool, wet conditions are helping to improve the overall likliness of good to great water conditions into summer!  The Lower Maddy is seeing improving water clarity as the upper river drops and clears.  Visibility is improving and the fishing has remained relatively steady.  Caddis, some stoneflies (mostly golden and yellow sallies, no salmonflies- give it a couple weeks) there's also some callibaetis given the weather.  What we're looking for, and could happen just as soon as the sun pops, is PMDs.  Hold on--- think its coming soon.

What to do to put a bend in the rod?  Nymph 'em up with  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans as good to great point flies.  Run a smaller dropper.  BH mayfly, caddis, or small stoneflies are good bets.   Under your Indy be running 3-6 feet of leader to said point fly.  Weight.  Add enough to get the bugs down in the zone.  If it ain't ticking every now and again, it ain't heavy enough.  Be ready to adjust as needed for different areas.  Deep buckets- add and lengthen that indy out.  Running weed bed edges- lighten up.  Want to be stealthy in those less than deep spots?  Run the short leash pro rig.... simple pinch on indies and tungsten headed point flies sized appropriately as needed to just get it in the zone.  Works!

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

Patterns du Jour
Clouser Cray, tan, dark tan
Pat's Rubberlegs (aka Turd)
RBGB
San Juan
Flexi Juan
Hot bead stone
Copper Johns- red, copper, black
Lightning bug- mirage, purple, gold
Shop Vac- olive, PT
FB PT
Wonder baetis, wonder PMD
Iron Sally
Copper Zonker
Bow Bugger in black/olive
Olive articulated fathead
Foxee Clouser
Granato's Sasquatch

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cloudy, cool, and wet conditions still lingering.  Those 3 words speak volumns in that we like these conditions, the fish like these conditions, and the bugs that have been hatching like these conditions.  How long will it last?  Another couple days at least.

What is hatching?  midges for one.  Always or nearly always a staple on all 3 spring creeks.  For now, there's a shift that is starting to occur on the creeks.  Yes, there's a few baetis lingering   Mind you, these little buggers are the more sensitive about weather conditions.  No dark clouds, cool weather- no baetis. But there are also some of the early (and seemingly super sized) PMDs showing here, there.  It's good to see the yellow bugs!  Fish may or may not eat them just yet so because you see them and tie on your favorite PMD Comparadun does not mean the fish are stupid on them or even eating the duns at all.  More likely they are eating the nymphs..  Still-  happy to see the PMDs!

AM concentrate on a little deeper water.  Hatches won't be till mid AM or later. So deeper slots and runs will have the fish hanging till nymphs begin to stir before the hatch is seen on the surface.  Nymphing these deeper spots 3-4 feet below soft indies with heavier Sawyer PTs followed by midge pupa, soft hackles or possibly even a caddis pupa are good starts.  Around midday, start to consider hatch time and fish moving to shallower/riffly spots.  Especially if the clouds stick around.  Once the bugs begin to roll, you'll be seeing fish on top.




Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back BWO/PMD Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle baetis18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla

Call anytime 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Who woulda Thunk?  The Stone is very fishable and is in a good flow range right now. AND still dropping!! More cool, wet weather has the high country snow locked back up and actually on the increase leading to runoff abatement.  Literally, it's like the faucet was just turned off.  We wont' complain as the fishing has steadily improved.

Streamers have been the big word.  Big and nasty isn't the only word on this component however.  But certainly those Home Invaders, Articulated Sex Dungeons and the like are turning some rather large Yellowstone brown trout!  Backup?  Bugger n Bead beneath an indy is going just fine.....

Beyond this- long term we're still very much not in the peak flow area at all.  As soon as the warmer temps and sun come back, it's a good bet that the Stone is going to jump again and be bank full.  Best guess of peak flow for this week was off, so it's really hard to stick our neck out any more and say we'll be on the river the last week in June.  However, when we do get on, we'll  be ready for SALMONFLIES!


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