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Yellowstone River - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Yellowstone is in as good a shape as it gets for spring fishing.  We continue to have very good reports coming in from guides as well as other fishermen getting out and getting after it.  Daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Brown as well.  The weather this week has been about perfect.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods with snow showers in the mountains and very tolerable wind patterns are making for good fishing conditions as the baetis and March Browns prefer the more cloudy and low light we have had.  Looking ahead, this weekend should see the great fishing continue.  We're getting really close on Mother's Day caddis.  Early?  Not really, this may actually be a bit more 'normal'.  Warmer weather at the end of the weekend and early next week may be what tips the balance to the start of the caddis hatch, but it may also bring our next push of off color rising water.  Stay tuned to find out.

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.  We will continue to have solid blue winged olives hatches(baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns.  You should also see March Browns and possibly a few caddis, especially down toward or just below Livingston. Nymphing with a  double fly rig starting with a small stonefly  or a San Juan worm and then prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  etc as a dropper are all good combos.  Be sure you are weighted enough to get down in the deep buckets.  Once you start seeing baetis and March Browns on the surface, you can definitely shorten up to the "short leash" nymph setup which consists of a pinch on indicator about 2 feet or less to your bigger heavier beadhead nymph.  Throw a non-bead baetis emerger or softhackle in a size 16 or 18 behind this.  Going Dry?  Ausable Wulffs, Adams Wulff, Copper Haze, Para Hares Ear in size 10-12 are all good March Brown imitators.  Follow them up with a size 16 or 18 baetis emerger, soft hackle, or dry pattern and you've got both bases covered.  Those trout will really like the baetis bug trapped in the film so cripples can be deadly.

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 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly dropping bit by bit the past 4 or 5 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 staying about status quo without a whole lot of change.  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 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 45 ° 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...

Rainy today with much cooler temps than the past several days.  Look for good water conditions to continue here on the Upper Madison.  However, with as warm as it's been, the river is on the rise.  Mind you it's not a huge bump.  So-  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 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Rain showers 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 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