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Madison River - Lower - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
If you are blown to North Dakota, don't blame us!  The lower is NOT a place any of us would remotely consider "escaping" the wind on tap for today.  Not in the least.  Skip it.

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Ummmm- I'd say skip it today..... South wind climbing to middle 30MPH and trying to dupe spring creek fish?  Save the $$ and hunker down today!

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 - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Todays word: W-I-N-D!  Yeah, like that's just what you wanted to hear..... Spring in MT.  One day it's too hot, the next too cold and blowing like he**.  Not that we have much to do about controlling that!  Bear it out for the day and hope tomorrow's change is tolerable.

How to run the day: start deep in the morning hours and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by afternoon.  On a good day, there will be a respectable hatch that will have the fish up on top.  Dry flies only or dry/dropper rigs will work just fine.  Look at the fish feeding and try to discern if they are on mayflies or midges.  Both are present now. The foam holes and back eddies have been the most productive areas during the hatch times from 1-5.  How bout streamers then?  Some days are good even in the bright conditions.  You just have to roll with your choices of what to huck.  Black, Olive, White are traditional--- and they still work!

Pay heed to the fact that the river is basically closed off to floating from Mayor's to 89 right now with the KPRK bridge work.  You DO NOT want to try floating through the bridges now!  FWP/State/TU/Anglers/Shops etc all working on an alternate so that we can fish from just below the bridges downstream and we will keep folks informed of how that progresses.


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 - April 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Sun, sun, sun.  Making it a bit tough if you are a spring creek dry fly guy.  Why?  Hatches have been pretty well put off with the heatwave.  OK, really?  Well, yeah, 70 degrees for several days in a row IS a bit on the warm side for mid/late April.  Remember though, we can go back to snow just as quick.....  So what gives?  Our bet lies on finding the deeper holes in the creeks and, gulp, getting down there toward bottom....That is to be consistent.  Wanna fish dries only?  Have at it.  Just be ready to hunt for a long time through a lot of water for that opportunity.....

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 - April 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny.  Warm temps have returned.  With it, you can bet that the snowpack that we added to by several feet last week and even earlier this week, is going to be coming out.  River levels are going to be rising and guess that the clear water is going to dirty up some.  How much remains to be seen.  On the fishing, as bright as it's been, AM hours before the sun is high overhead have been OK.  Through the PM until the sun level drops, it's been tough.  There hasn't been nearly as much bug hatch activity as we'd like to see.  Late PM has been picking back up decently.  All this may be short lived though as there's supposed to be a cold front (clouds, cooler weather) returning by late this weekend.

How to run the day: start deep in the morning hours and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by afternoon.  On a good day, there will be a respectable hatch that will have the fish up on top.  Dry flies only or dry/dropper rigs will work just fine.  Look at the fish feeding and try to discern if they are on mayflies or midges.  Both are present now. The foam holes and back eddies have been the most productive areas during the hatch times from 1-5.  How bout streamers then?  Some days are good even in the bright conditions.  You just have to roll with your choices of what to huck.  Black, Olive, White are traditional--- and they still work!

Pay heed to the fact that the river is basically closed off to floating from Mayor's to 89 right now with the KPRK bridge work.  You DO NOT want to try floating through the bridges now!  FWP/State/TU/Anglers/Shops etc all working on an alternate so that we can fish from just below the bridges downstream and we will keep folks informed of how that progresses.


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 - April 20th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lots of fish in the creeks right now.  The Rainbow spawn is full on still and likely about peak this week or next.  Numbers of fish are not just bows, but browns and cutts too.  Given the right weather situations, there are good hatches coming off on the creeks as well making for some fun fishing situations.  Finding an afternoon with low light, clouds, light or variable wind can bring on a very good hatch and fish will definitely be looking up.  Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day. Spring Baetis are a good bet as well.  We should start to see even a few caddis coing on relatively soon as well.

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