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Madison River - Lower - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Warm weather has brought the caddis back out earlier in the week.  However, the main hatch is in Bear Trap or even higher and it's really slowed down on the Lower river.  Fishing has remained steady if not good.  Typical Lower Maddy fare has been the ticket.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are the key  Find the deeper runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Best to thing remains nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs.  There has been a lot of anglers plying their skills at these fish and the trout are getting educated (as well as exercised).  You may need to drop down in tippet sizes as well as flies to find some of the bigger fish.  Dropper flies may be suprisingly on the small side..    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.

Water conditions- Cherry Creek as well as some of the other small tribs down  between Black's Ford and Greycliff are all on the rise and throwing mud.  Won't be suprised to see even more color in the river today as I'm sure creeks in the Bear Trap are adding mud as well.  The Upper is turning so regardless, once that goes and the lake becomes mud from side to side in a week's time or so, clarity on the Lower is going to be gone anyway.

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
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...

Still decent.  Nothing really new to report in the past couple days.  Tribs coming in to the Maddy are coloring up again with the warm weather we've been seeing.  The West Fork and such are on the rise and it may not be too long before the Upper is blown out again.   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 juicy runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you may still find the fish.




 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Coming  off 4 days of sun, today's weather is for clouds and rain with considerably cooler air.  80 degrees it will not be.  What's that going to do for fishing the spring creeks?  Good question.  Guessing that things may actually be pretty good!  Until PMD time in a month or so, cloudy days on the cool side of things tend to be decent days  Midges are going to be the mainstay right now and should be on the water as long as the wind stays down.  It's getting late for spring baetis, but there may be a remnant hatch today with activity in early to mid afternoon. The blue wings are winding down to be sure- though fish will still get up on them given enough are hatching.  Caddis are present as well.  Although not like they are on the Yellowstone.  Still, fish will eat caddis pupa and emergers.  Good nymphing can be had most of the day.  Look for risers on midges in the AM hours.  Blue wing emergence is early to mid PM with the clouds.  If the sun breaks through, the baetis may tail off until the clouds roll in again.  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 a few spawners in the creeks so pay attention to where and how you are wading. It's the Cutthroat time to spawn. Redds look like saucer shaped super clean gravel depressions in the shallow, fast moving waters.  It's likely that you will physically see a fish or two on or very near these spots.  These are late rainbows or cutties 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 - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Double Down, in a bad way.... Fast rising water is not a good thing.  Visibility getting marginal. Going on 3 days of really nice weather again and the Yellowstone is on the rise- big time.  The Lamar River in the Park has gone from a 1,000 cfs to 3x that in only 36 hours.  Along with all the other feeder creeks and tributaries, the Yellowstone has gone from around 4k to 8.  Hmm, get the picture? 

Caddis are done down at the north end of the valley (Livingston) and are going strong at the south end (Carbella-Yankee Jim)  Stalwarts will still be able to get the job done to one extent or another while in the thick of the hatch.  However, for the general angler hoping to "hit it right", well, sorry, but ya missed it.  Age old adage- should have been here yesterday- rings too true. 

If it was me... Pulling big junk is a 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.  With the severe decrease in visibility, staying with black is a good idea.  Fish it tight to the structure and in the eddies. 


We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - May 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Oh how quick things change!  Hero to Zero in 48 hours.  So through Sunday the Yelly was giving it up pretty good.  Mother's Day Caddis- check, Baetis-check, March Brown's-check.  Fish happy-check here too.  Then the wheels fell off......  Monday the Lamar River in the Park shot up and it's gone to junk since.  Gone.  Done.  Full on Cottonwood hatch.  The river at Corwin has jumped from 2 grand to over 6.  Nuf said.  Without a miracle, it's going to be the end of June now before we get back on the Stone.  Oh but it will be good then......

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



 
Madison River - Upper - May 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
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...

Like all the other rivers around here, things have stabilized and fishing has really picked up again.  Caddis while present on the Lower Maddy as well as through BearTrap canyon, haven't really been popping on the Upper.  They will come.  Question will be whether or not the water will stay in shape or not.  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 juicy runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you may still find the fish.