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Madison River - Lower - April 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Blowing up out there!  In a good way.  Bugs galore.  The main caddis explosion seems to have hit here on the Lower Maddy.  Fish are definitely willing to grab caddis pupa throughout the daytime.  Seems the reports we have had are that they are a bit more willing to eat crays and such a little better however.  Want dries?  Better wait till late.  You can find good fish up and eating after the sun gets off the water so from about 6:30 on seems to work as magic hour.  Water clarity still has not be totally clear.  2 feet vis by Warm Springs and green seems to be the word.  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
 
Yellowstone River - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Pretty much out of the question now.  Flows reaching over 6k at Corwin and less than 6inches of vis have the Yellowstone in an ugly mood. 

IF we can get back to fishable water conditions later this week---it'supposed to be warm in the 70s through Weds.... we should get a crack at Mother's Day caddis.  In addition, there are daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Browns.  The weather besides being HOT this week,  looks good on paper.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods and very tolerable wind patterns.  Can we get a fishable window on the Yellowstone?  Stay tuned.....

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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Clouds hanging around as well as tolerable wind conditions shoujld make for another very good day on the spring creeks.  Midges are there and going throughout the day.  Today should see good baetis activity in early to mid afternoon and rolling through the early evening hours.  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

 
Madison River - Lower - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reports we've had are that the Lower Maddy has had lots of bugs hatching.  Everything from Mother's Day Caddis to Golden Stones.  Green drakes as well.  Blue Wings?  Yep, them too. Water is up from the warm days.  Will it go higher?  Only time will tell.  Today however, visibility is off again not tomention that Cherry Creek is spewing in mud.  It's definitely still fishable.  And with the bug activity, hopefully those fish will be on the grab.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all still quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Fish are less concentrated then they were, but they are very much there! As is typical with the Lower, 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.  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 - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° 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 many area rivers, the Upper Madison is on the rise from all the warm summer like weather we have been experiencing the past couple of days.  Tribs like the West Fork, Indian Creek, and others are definitely affecting the river in a not so great way.  Last report was that the Upper was still fishable but look for more and more water to come in and the visibility to drop.  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's OK fishing.  Likely to diminish unless things turn around with much cooler weather.   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 - April 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Near record warm temps yesterday and today have the river on the rise.  Not just a little, but the doubling of flows kind of  rise.  Comng from the Lamar and other Park waterways, it's not the kind of news one really wants to be faced with on such a nice day.  Floating the river is going to be great--fishing will be great--catching?  Ummm maybe not so much.  And Caddis were on the verge!  Down by Livingston yesterday there were caddis in the air & on the water.  Oh how frustrating!

IF we can get back to fishable water conditions later this week---it'supposed to be warm in the 70s through Weds.... we should get a crack at Mother's Day caddis.  In addition, there are daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Browns.  The weather besides being HOT this week,  looks good on paper.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods and very tolerable wind patterns.  Can we get a fishable window on the Yellowstone?  Stay tuned.....

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