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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
There have been good reports coming in from anglers fishing Depuy's.  Midge hatches have been consistent in the afternoon and the baetis are just around the corner.  CDC midges, Griffith's Gnats, and Hackle Stackers will all catch fish on top.  Zebra midges in red and black under a pinch on indicator will cover your nymph needs.
 
Yellowstone River - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's spring here in Yellowstone Country.  With the warm & some may say unseasonably nice weather we've been experiencing fishing has been pretty good. Quite a few folks have been on the river and reports vary as you might expect with some anglers really "getting 'em" and others doing moderately well but the overall gist has been that it's great being out on the water again and lots of smiles about the fishing.  Only thing relatively difficult is the wind.  Yes, there has been plenty of that on some days!    Definitely worth a call up to us in here in the Valley for a report.  There have been days when it's Nuking down in the Livingston and not that bad up by us at all.  The Yelly does have a bit of color to it right now.  Likely all a result of the lower elevation snow disappearing at a rapid rate.  While not brown, blown out, the water has a green tint and about 18-24" of vis.  Definitely not crystal clear but also VERY fishable and in a good way.

What to do and where?  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs and be patient with your fishing.  Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish.  Don't plan on covering tons of water.  The fish are are still pretty slow as the water is still cold even if the thermometer reads 60s degrees air temp.  It may take multiple casts through the same area sometimes before a hit occurs.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter/spring diet. But we should be seeing the start of spring blue winged olives soon so mayflies may be a quick second to the midges. Small prince nymphs, PTs followed by brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, 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
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Park waters are closed until Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.  We'll be updating the report on the Park waterways once the season opens. 

Feel free to call us at the fly shop any time for information about fishing in the Park, or elsewhere in SW Montana
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Wintertime on the spring creeks.  Can be a great option for fishing this time of year!  Being a spring creek, the waters here are much more moderated in temps.  Trout in the creeks are active for a bit longer than in the river.  But it's still winter, so it's not like the summertime when fish are on the feed much more consistently.  Look for the deeper slower places on the creek. You can likely see the fish stacked up in there.  Nymphing is going to be the most likely means to get a bend in your rod.  Think small whether it's eggs, flossy san juans, or midge patterns.  Think simple as well.  Thinly dressed patterns without flashy beadheads have a greater tendency to find their way into a trout's mouth on the creeks.

You know what's not bad about the creeks in the winter besides the fishing opportunities?  Off season rates!  $40/day sure beats the Ben Franklin from high season.  Want to fish the creeks frequently in the off season?  Get a seasons pass on Depuy's for $400.00 and it's good until April 15th.  Fish 10 days and you're paid up.  Fish more, and, well, you can do the math on that one.

Feel free to call us for conditions and up to date info  406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 34 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The lower Maddy is another of the area's hot winter fishing locales.  Find the deeper, slower runs and have at it.  On the best days (overcast, warm, and no wind) fish will move into shallower water and the midge activity greatly increases.  As we go through winter further and further, it's a possibility to find good fish up on top when the midges are heavy. 

Best bets are small crayfish, egg patterns, san juans in wine & tan as well as the venerable red one, hare's ears, copper johns, small rubberleg stones, pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.

The wate is freezing cold, literally, so slow down and really take your time!

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water flow was bumped again from Hebgen Dam.  But it's fairly small.  About 80 cfs.  It's up to just a little over 1100. As it is, Bureau of Rec is moving a fair bit of water through the Maddy and has all winterlong.  Look for this to continue as water managers are preparing to have all watersheds possible in good shape to fill up come spring runoff time.

The upper Maddy between the lakes is always a good bet to get some winter fishing in.  And down toward Ennis in the Varney section.  Those are the 2 areas I'd concentrate on.  Nymphing will be your best bet although as January progresses and Feb comes, there will be more and more midges present and given a day of overcast and not much wind, I'd bet you could get 'er done on top with small dries.  In the meantime, just like any other winter fishing locations, find the deep stuff that doesn't move lickety-split.  Take your time and fish it slow.  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, are all great.  Midge pupa and larvae are the droppers of choice.