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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.




 
Yellowstone River - May 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Quick update-  Caddis are about as good as it may get this spring.  Today, tomorrow, somewhere in there is going to be the sweet spot.  Valley areas around Mallard's Rest/Pine Creek are the goods as far as where the bugs are thick.  You can find them from Livingston to likely all the way up the valley and possibly even above Yankee Jim Canyon.

Will it last is the question.  Weather on tap for the next couple days is supposed to be sunny and toasty warm- near 80.  That spells runoff!  Yellowstone is going to blow out again by week's end.  Get it while the gettn's good!

Pupa: Morrish Super Pupa in amber as well as light olive, LaFontaine emergent pupa, king prince, TNT caddis pupa, even a hare's ear flashback good choices for sub surface fish nabbin' before the hatch is seen on top (10A-1PM-ish)

Emergers & Dries:  X2 caddis, Bloom's Hi-vis Para Caddis, Neversink Hi Vis Caddis, Butch Caddis, Corn Fed Caddis, E/C Caddis, Para Hare's Ear, HE Trude, Adams Trude, Neversink Trude all good choices for dries.

No streamer selections!  Go Caddis!


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 - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Mother's Day caddis are very much the mainstay still.  But it's going to be winding down.  Fish have been seeing tons and tons of bugs the past week or so and have become a bit more selective.  Fishing is still very good, but the "power hour" times are becoming less intense and long in duration.  Dry fly fisherman are reporting that it's still good but not what it was a few days ago.  Water clarity on the downgrade once again.  Cherry Creek is spewing in mud.  It's definitely still fishable.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all still quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Best to thing about starting out nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs.  Fish this rig until mid-late afternoon or till you start seeing good fish on the caddis on the surface.  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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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - May 2nd, 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...

Last report was that the Upper was still fishable.  Waters have dropped just as they have everywhere else due to the prolonged cool period we are experiencing.  Clarity is decent but not great.  The Upper is fishing OK but not great.  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 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Sounding a bit like a broken record as of late-  cloudy conditions with intermittent rain or even snow showers again today.  Great news for spring creeks anglers in our opinion.  Wind may be a bit more of a concern however.  We like the slick calm, but serious doubts about getting that.  Midges are there and going throughout the day.  Today should see OK baetis activity in early to mid afternoon and rolling through the early evening hours. 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 quite a few spawners in the creeks so pay attention to where and how you are wading.  The rainbow redds look like saucer shaped super clean gravel depressions in the shallow, fast moving waters.  It's likely that you will physically see fish on or very near these spots.  These are rainbows 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 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Back in the saddle again....
Our guess was well founded!  With the duration of cold weather, the Yellowstone has come back around in a HUGE way.  And....yes! There are caddis once again.  Just today we've had pretty solid reports that bugs are out and fish are getting grabby.  Nothing huge yet as far as a full blown caddis explosion, but it's coming.  The river is back under 5 grand in flow having gone to 10 grand.  This level is  a bit big for normal spring standards but by no means awful.  In fact, there's a lot of really good holding water now for the fish to be in and they are a bit more spread out than they were earlier this spring.  Water clarity is 18 inches to 2 feet depending upon who you talk to.  I'll be conservative and stick with 18 inches.  More than good enough.  Caddis will be an afternoon gig.  Before they get going and as long as we hav cloudy weather, more blue wings and March Browns will be present to get the fish cranked up.  Look for the switch to go sometime around 2PM on the caddis.

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.   Nymphing with a  double fly rig starting with a 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.  And as the main hatch gets going either baetis, March Browns, or caddis, you can shorten up even less or go to a Dry/dropper rig.  Effective dry patterns include  Ausable Wulffs, Adams Wulff, Copper Haze, Para Hares Ear in size 10-12 are all good March Brown imitators.  Bloom's caddis, Butch Caddis, Elk Hair, Hot Butt, Hare's Ear Trudes, Idyl's Neversink Trude are all great caddis go-to patterns.  Drop your BH nymph or non weighted emerger about 12-18 inches off the back.  Most importantly, once fish are on top, you still have to GET A GOOD DRIFT!

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