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Yellowstone River - May 7th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
How things change in a hurry!  Weekend saw good to great fishing depending upon where you were.  Yes caddis.  And everything else too.  Today- crap.  Blown.  Chunky.  Cottonwood hatch in full force.  Time to turn focus to Madison for a bit before it goes.  Word is that the Gallatin is on its way out as well. 

Bye Yellowstone River.  See you in Late June.  Already looking forward to it.....


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



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Partly to mostly cloudy with not very warm temps, chance of rain yet means good chances Baetis will come off.  It was really good out there yesterday which was in direct contrast to Thurs and the bright sun.  Keep clouds and things are good...... Bright sun and its a simple fact- tough. 

AM concentrate on a little deeper water.  Hatches won't be till midday or later and the fish know it. 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, baetis 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.

Still spawners in the creeks.  Seems to be a little past prime, but still lots of rainbows doing their thing.  And as we've been saying:
Do consider the Redds in the creeks.  You know, the places the rainbows are making the next generation of themselves that we would like to see get big?  There's really no need to fish to the fish that are actively spawning or are about to.  There are plenty of other trout in the spring creeks that are a)done spawning and are below the redds feeding b)other species :browns and cutthroat that aren't spawning at this time.  It's very helpful to not stress the fish that are actively procreating as well as not walking all over their spawning grounds.  Simple- leave them be.  Your courtesy and thoughtfulness will go a long ways to making more trout!
 
Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

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 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 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
100 Questions:  What's hatching?

Answer: Everything you would expect the week going into Mother's Day!  Midges- check, Baetis-check, March Browns-check, and Caddis.

Solid emergence 2 days in a row now east of Livingston and yesterday saw pretty good numbers in/around town as well.  Enough so that the fish definitely got on them and were happy.  Today's mixed clouds and not too warm temps should see more bugs popping by lunchtime and the hatch going through the afternoon. 

How to run the day: start middle depth in the morning.  And word- you don't have to be out there much before 10AM.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy is a good way to get going.  Find deeper buckets and runs off the back of riffles.  Then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by early afternoon as the caddis pupa, baetis nymphs, and March Brown nymps start to become active. Or run a March Brown or Caddis dry and a 2 foot dropper is another good way to roll.  Once you start seeing solid emergence, you'll see fish consistenly on top.  Roll the double dry or dry-soft hackle without a bead rig for the remainder of the day.  Just there are fish going nuts doesn't mean you don't have to get a good drift....... 
DO NOT FORGET THE RIVER IS CLOSED TO FLOATING below Mayor's due to  KPRK bridge work. 

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



 
Madison River - Lower - May 3rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Overcast skies this afternoon could be a good thing.  It should bring on the hatch.  That is, baetis and March Browns.  Caddis are bumping around too, though not full fledged blizzard effect.  This said, here's your fly selection basis.  Pick that dropper BH from one of these 3 hatch categories and be good with it.  Doesn't work?  change to one of the others based on visual inspections.  Out front be throwing the typicall Lower fare.  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans are all good to great point flies.  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 and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - May 3rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° 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!!

Overcast skies will bring good baetis today on the Upper.  March Browns a strong possibility as well.  Caddis?  Not quite yet.  Flows are not terrible but at a little over a grand, there's plenty of rocks to scrape on so watch your course as you work your way downstream.  Fishing from Varney to Burnt Tree is seeing the majority of the traffic just because Cameron Flats are well, just that, flat.  And skinny......  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. 
 
Madison River - Upper - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 50 ° 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!!

Tough day looking like.  Not just here, but pretty much everywhere.  Major wind coming on and a sizable cold front sliding in to most all of MT today.  Not a good situation anywhere.  Time to hunker down for the day and check in tomorrow or Tues.

If you go:
Olive Pat's rubberlegs
Yuk Bug (6-8)
RBGB (6-8)
Theo's Terminator (6-8)
San Juan (8-10) pink, red, wine, natural
Flashback PT (12-18)
BH Prince (12-18)
3Dollar Crystal Dip (14-18) red, olive, brown
Lightning Bug (14-18) pearl, pink, gold
Copper John (14-18) copper, red, black