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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!


 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fishing on the spring creeks remains consistently the same-- good on the days when the wind remains relatively light.  A bit tougher on the days its is nuking.  Seems that we can't quite win it all.  IE that is to get that day that we get warmer temps without the wind.  Can we get this?  Yep. Hopefully I'll be around for that day and fishing the spring creeks!

Midges are there.  So are Baetis. They should be increasingly important. Good nymphing can be had most days.  Dry fly fishing depends on that wind thing we already talked about.  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

 
Madison River - Lower - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Visibility is still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now.  Ongoing windy weather has Ennis lake still stirred up. Is it fishable?.  You can still stir up a fish or 3 if you try hard.   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!

At least the water levels have been stable for the past several days and the relative water temps have been on the increase...

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Quite the weekend.  Saturday was sunny and warm- like 70 degrees warm.  Flip flops and even shorts were seen.  Only to be replaced by Simms Guide Jackets and flannel shirts again on Sunday with the wet almost snowy cold day. How'd the river fair?  Not bad.  Yes we have some additional flows coming in because of the warm days.  Clarity remains decently good however.  And as the cooler weather looks to hang on through today albeit without the rain/snow showers, things will stabilize and drop back down. How about that 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.

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 - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 43 ° 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
 
Madison River - Upper - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 53 ° 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...

Looking like an aquarium (seriously, this may be some of the cleanest, clearest water around...) the Upper is in great shape.  Stable water levels are a plus and while the valley doesn't have any snow hardly at all, higher moutain snowpack seems to be hanging in there and not running of making small feeders as well as the West Fork blow out.  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!