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Yellowstone River - April 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Last night's rain on top of yesterday's 75 degree sun has the Yellowstone on the rise today.  Not wonderful news.  How much is it on the rise?  Well, suffice to say we've doubled flows almost in the last 2 days.  Not so great.  Is it staying in shape?  Eh, not so great here either although it's not terrible.  With the much cooler weather today and the snow up in the high country, we should be seeing the majority of the upswing in flows as well as dirty water today, tomorrow.  By Sat it will be on the drop again and clearing.

What to do and where? Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish until early to mid PM.  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs below the riffle water.   Even the slow froggy water will continue to hold good trout.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Today with the clouds we will definitely have a solid blue winged olives (baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns.  We should also see March Browns. Prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  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.

Pulling big junk is another 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.  Don't always associate pulling junk to mean ripping it off the banks.  Getting it in close and tight line swinging off can sometimes be the ticket.

We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly ramped up again a little bit the past 2 days.  Not anything huge at all.  Question remains: Visibility.  Is it still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now or getting better?. Reports we've had are that it is slowing improving.  Fishable?? Yes.  You can stir up a fish or 3 if you try, but it's not gonzo by any means.   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!

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° 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...

Snow today with much cooler temps than the past several days.  Look for excellent water conditions to continue here on the Upper Madison.  Very clear, clean water and at 1300 cfs at Cameron, great levels for spring!   Go Fish!  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!


 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snowy
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Snow and very little if any wind today= great fishing on the spring creeks! Midges are there and going throughout the day.  Today should be are really good baetis day come early to mid afternoon and rolling through the early evening hours.  Good nymphing can be had all day.  Look for risers on midges this AM.  And hopefully will continue through with the blue wing emergence.  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.

Call the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports

 
Yellowstone River - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good reports from yesterday- minus the wind issue which seems to be plaguing us.  Sunny pretty much all day with some broken clouds moving in late in the PM before the forecasted storm, fishing was good.  Our water is on the rise again but not drastically so.  Couple hundred CFS on top of what's in there is about a 10-15% increase.  Clarity remains good too.  About 2 feet or so.  Tinge of olive to the river.  Today it's snowing and almost deadstick as far as wind on the flagpole outside.  BAETIS day!!! 

What to do and where? Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish until early to mid PM.  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs below the riffle water.   Even the slow froggy water will continue to hold good trout.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter/spring diet. Today with the clouds we will definitely have a solid blue winged olives (baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns may be a quick second to the midges. Small prince nymphs, PTs followed by brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, soft hackle PTs 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
 
Madison River - Upper - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 43 ° 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...

Warmer than typical weather- check.  Sunny days, with night temps above freezing- check.  Yet, the Upper Madison has remained one of the most stable  rivers  in the area as far as water levels.  Very clear, clean water and at 1300 cfs at Cameron, excellent levels for spring!   Go Fish!  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!