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Madison River - Upper - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Somewhere between "Green is good" and "Not so much" may be a good way to describe the Upper Maddy right now. Above the West Fork things are a bit on the cleaner side of things.  Below?  It's a bit more of the second situation.  Though not completely blown out.  above the West Fork it's green-ish with about 18 inches of viz.  Plenty good for up there and it's fishing quite good.  Get below the West Fork and that good green becomes quite a bit more brown.  Viz drops to about a foot.  Good thing is, if you want to look at this way, it's going to be a bit on the nasty side of things here again this weekend.  Tomorrow (Sat) being the worst.  Possibility of snow even.  With this, flows will be decreasing coming out of the West Fork and with it, less mud.  So at least for the short term, watch for actually improving water conditions.  After about Weds next week?  May go back the other way and get a bit dirty again.  However, is there really that much snow left up high?  We're guesstimating that there's not that much really left to come out and we should be on the better side of runoff with slowly diminishing flow rates and improving water conditions.  

To get it done- nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, Princes, 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 will find the fish.




 
Madison River - Upper - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Very good conditions here to meet anglers this weekend.  Cold and snowy weather has all waterways on the drop and clear.  Westfork muddy water has disappated greatly and so have the higher up creeks like Beaver Creek up between the lakes.  The entire river is in really good shape.  If not clear clear, it's green and very fishy.  Give it almost 2 feet visibility.  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.




 
Madison River - Lower - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
This has been one of better locations to be as of late.  The Lower is in great shape for late May/early June.  While the cool to downright cold wet, weather has all the area rivers on the drop and clearing, the Lower has been maintaining it's fishability really well.  And its producing.  With that, this has been the place where most folks have been fishing when places like the Yellowstone, Gallatin, and even the Upper Maddy have been muddy.   Typical Lower Maddy fare has been the ticket.  We're not that far off from Salmonflies out here.  There's also Goldenstones, PMDs, caddis, some green drakes that are all present right now and fish could be on any of the above.  So be on the ready.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are the key to finding fish.   Nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs are good suggestions.  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.


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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Continued cloudy and cool weather over the long weekend have what few remaining Baetis coming off.  There's a few PMDs mixed in there as well, but we're still a couple weeks away from the real consisten action.   Midges are going to be the mainstay right now and should be on the water as long as the wind stays down.  Remnant baetis hatchactivity todaywill be in early to mid afternoon.  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 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
True, true, it's been a bit since we last reported anything on the Stone.  However, there's not been too much really to report on.  The river is very much still in runoff.  Though there has been a short couple days here lately where the river may be considered "fishable".  With all the cooler weather we have been having, the river has pulled back considerabely from it's high flows to date.  At under 8k, one could actually consider making a float or 2.  Did see a couple boats out Saturday.  But it's tough to know if that was just folks looking to have a good time and getting out on the water or if they were fishing.  Reality says that with 8 grand in flow and maybe 16 inches of visibility, what fishing there is to be had is eh, maybe just OK.  We've got a few weeks yet before salmonflies start and the fishing really kicks back in.  I'm guessing to say that we haven't seen the highest of flows on the Stone yet.  13 grand is NOT that flow.  I'm thinking it's going to hit 18-20 grand for a few days yet in the next 2 weeks.

Not to worry, we will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!
 
Madison River - Lower - May 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Decent to good reports from the Lower over the weekend.  Most folks have been floating in the typical stretch between Warm Springs and Black's Ford area.  Caddis are pretty much done.  Time to start looking for other fare.  Golden Stones, PMDs, yellow sallies and the like should be coming fairly soon.  Especially with the warm weather getting the water temp up.  Don't be suprised if we don't have an earlier than expected salmonfly hatch out here...Water conditions- Cherry Creek as well as some of the other small tribs down  between Black's Ford and Greycliff are throwing mud.  Other than that, clarity is pretty decent.  The Upper Madison is coming up and getting off color 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 diminishing.

Getting it done has been nymphing under an indy.  You'll want to fish visible structure, weedbeds, etc are the key.  Crayfish,  rubberlegs, or zonkers with a dropper of  san juans in wine or red, hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs have all been good choices.

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