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Madison River - Lower - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison- OK- finally some relief.  This cooling off has been really good for making things better out here.  Water temps are back in the 60s and fish are fat and happily eating.  Dry fly fishing while seemingly never super consistent out here, has been fairly decent.  Large hopper patterns fished singly and with faith are getting some really nice fish!  You may have to try several patterns before deciding upon which one actually gets the eats.  Nymphing out on the Lower is traditionally the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  Mid river weedbeds that are now exposed are not as likely to produce as the buckets, slots, and gravel runs with some depth to them. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes



Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.

 
Yellowstone River - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cooler mornings.  Heck, even a frost..... Definitely harbingers that Fall is (should) be here.  A small but nice cooling off period sure did help out. Can't say as that it's 'rocking' crazy great out there, but it's solid.  Especially if you put your time in. The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.   Look to grass munchers in smaller sizes in tan, yellow, and olive, as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Both Green as well as Gray drakes are showing up with more and more regularity.  Given a really good overcast, cool day with the threat of rain showers and low wind, it could be a banner day!  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each day right now as well.  We haven't seen a WOW hatch of them yet, but I'd bet 'that kinda day' isn't far off.
Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Yellowstone River - September 9th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 89 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.  Even though it is still a bit warm for our Montana tastes this week and sunny.  The weather looks like a broken record, or Groundhog Day as it remains unseasonably warm in the upper 80s and without a storm in sight.  Can't say as that it's 'rocking' crazy great out ther, but it's solid.  Especially if you put your time in.  Being first on the water is making a big difference!  You don't want to be the 13th boat.....  Hoppers in smaller sizes as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Have definitely seen a fair number of fall drakes starting up and fish are definitely respondinig.  Now's the time...    Yes, there are some dudes out there very early and again late, late that have been yanking streamers and getting a few...  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The action on the spring creeks has been decent. Not fantastic by any means.  It's honestly been spotty on the reports.  There's just really not that many fishermen that have been focusing on the spring creeks at the moment.  Late summer fare on the creeks is never easy.  7x is the rule generally, 8x if you can stand it.  And there's not a ton in the way of hatches that are consistent except maybe the midges. But then, they are around pretty much all the time...  The mornings are for the most part going to be the better midge feeding activity for the day.  Middle of the day through the afternoon is terrestrials like ants, beetles, and smaller hoppers.
 
Madison River - Upper - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Monday... You got the day off?  Heading to the river and want to play?  You're not alone....  Alas, regardless of how the river may treat you today, it's still a good day.  Have a beer, heck, have 2 and enjoy Montana and the Madison!  Getting better on the Upper has been the word as of late.  Some may still say it's stricktly day to day as to whether the fish will eat.  We do know this, there are plenty of hoppers around as are the nocturnal goldenstones and a scattering of mayflies and caddis.  Go forth and try.  That's all you can do!.  There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Lower - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Weekend--- quite the Bikini Hatch!!!  The Lower Madison a Broken Record???? Not quite.  It's a little better but not much.  Scenery has been outstanding since MSU students are back and with this weekend typically the last hurrah of summer like weather, we ain't fishing but it has been quite the party....

Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.