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Madison River - Upper - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 53 ° 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...

Looking like an aquarium (seriously, this may be some of the cleanest, clearest water around...) the Upper is in great shape.  Stable water levels are a plus and while the valley doesn't have any snow hardly at all, higher moutain snowpack seems to be hanging in there and not running of making small feeders as well as the West Fork blow out.  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!

Madison River - Lower - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The lower Maddy is another of the area's prime spring fishing choices. However...... with as windy as it has been, Ennis Lake is a mess!  Visibility is about 12-18" at best right now.  Definitely not what we have had up till this week.  You can still stir up a fish or 3 if you try hard.   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!

At least the water levels have been stable for the past several days and the relative water temps have been on the increase...

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
There have been good reports coming in from anglers fishing Depuy's.  Midge hatches have been consistent in the afternoon and the baetis are just around the corner.  CDC midges, Griffith's Gnats, and Hackle Stackers will all catch fish on top.  Zebra midges in red and black under a pinch on indicator will cover your nymph needs.
Yellowstone River - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's spring here in Yellowstone Country.  With the warm & some may say unseasonably nice weather we've been experiencing fishing has been pretty good. Quite a few folks have been on the river and reports vary as you might expect with some anglers really "getting 'em" and others doing moderately well but the overall gist has been that it's great being out on the water again and lots of smiles about the fishing.  Only thing relatively difficult is the wind.  Yes, there has been plenty of that on some days!    Definitely worth a call up to us in here in the Valley for a report.  There have been days when it's Nuking down in the Livingston and not that bad up by us at all.  The Yelly does have a bit of color to it right now.  Likely all a result of the lower elevation snow disappearing at a rapid rate.  While not brown, blown out, the water has a green tint and about 18-24" of vis.  Definitely not crystal clear but also VERY fishable and in a good way.

What to do and where?  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs and be patient with your fishing.  Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish.  Don't plan on covering tons of water.  The fish are are still pretty slow as the water is still cold even if the thermometer reads 60s degrees air temp.  It may take multiple casts through the same area sometimes before a hit occurs.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter/spring diet. But we should be seeing the start of spring blue winged olives soon so mayflies may be a quick second to the midges. Small prince nymphs, PTs followed by brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, etc are all good combos.  A small San Juan worm or small stonefly patterns can also be good lead fly bets and worth a try.

We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Park waters are closed until Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.  We'll be updating the report on the Park waterways once the season opens. 

Feel free to call us at the fly shop any time for information about fishing in the Park, or elsewhere in SW Montana
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Wintertime on the spring creeks.  Can be a great option for fishing this time of year!  Being a spring creek, the waters here are much more moderated in temps.  Trout in the creeks are active for a bit longer than in the river.  But it's still winter, so it's not like the summertime when fish are on the feed much more consistently.  Look for the deeper slower places on the creek. You can likely see the fish stacked up in there.  Nymphing is going to be the most likely means to get a bend in your rod.  Think small whether it's eggs, flossy san juans, or midge patterns.  Think simple as well.  Thinly dressed patterns without flashy beadheads have a greater tendency to find their way into a trout's mouth on the creeks.

You know what's not bad about the creeks in the winter besides the fishing opportunities?  Off season rates!  $40/day sure beats the Ben Franklin from high season.  Want to fish the creeks frequently in the off season?  Get a seasons pass on Depuy's for $400.00 and it's good until April 15th.  Fish 10 days and you're paid up.  Fish more, and, well, you can do the math on that one.

Feel free to call us for conditions and up to date info  406-333-4401