Montana Fly Fishing Reports

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Early April on the Spring Creeks

The spring creeks continue to be a great location to fish under almost any circumstances at this time. Good numbers of fish have been coming into the creeks from the main river both to spawn (rainbows) as well as eat spawn (browns) or just hang out a bit well in front of their own spawning run (Cutties). All are going to be feeding on the spring creeks bug life. We continue to see good midge activity as well as growing Baetis (blue wing olive mayflies) activity. These are the primary insect hatches all springtime long. Always present are scuds, sow …

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Make it Count!

It’s April which means unpredictable weather and great fishing opportunities. We have a little more than a month (hopefully) until the high elevation snow starts to melt and render the Yellowstone out of service for a bit so make your fishing days count! Out fishing this past week you can tell the river is starting to come alive. With water temps in the mid 40’s for most of the day fish can be caught on a number of different tactics. Streamers stripped slowly has been pretty effective out there. Go to colors have been Black, Olive, and White. You can …

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Marching Toward “Spring”

The weather. Always something that confounds us anglers. Not very often is it “just right”. Instead it’s too sunny and one can blame a lack of a “bite” on the premise that the big orange orb in the sky has fish staying in the depths. Or the case may be that it’s “dead stick” calm. Not a breath of moving air has the waters so flat calm that the fish are spooky careful about rising up. They can see every move we make. Sure, it makes for a heck of a lot easier casting, but just a touch of a …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report

We hope everyone has been enjoying these winter months and looking forward to an exciting spring! First off if you haven’t renewed your fishing license, do so now. The one purchased last year expires today! Make sure to check out the new pricing and fishing regulations for the 2016 season. A good number of changes will be in place this year so make sure to check it out before heading out! The last few weeks we have seen higher then average temperatures which makes for good fishing this time of year. The warm temps have pushed a little color into …

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Late Feb on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks

It’s getting to be late in February. Folks are starting to get the shack nasties and just have to get out on the water. The spring creeks in Paradise Valley are always a good bet. So, we’re starting our fishing reports for the 2016 season with them. Our recent weather has certainly been conducive to wetting a line. Mixed clouds and middle 40s to even 50 degrees, it’s not like we have been dealing with much ice in the rod guides. Will winter return? Likely. And when we least want it, but return it will. We need it. In the …

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Catch more trout (also enjoy the awesome fall scenery)!

If the native Mountain White Fish have taken a liking to you this fall first, take a deep breath. This is their spawning time and they are very active and will eat everything. Second, take the bobber off. Any bead-head nymph dead drifted is going to get absolutely crushed by white fish this time of year. Instead try something with a little more action. For us, small streamers in olive, white, or black have been getting good attention from the trout. Again “small” is the key word here. On the more traditional side of things we have had really good …

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Fishing this weekend? Here is what you need to know.

If you thinking about heading out this weekend for some fall fishing here is what you need to know. The weather is looking to be a bit warmer than usual starting Friday and into Saturday. Bright sun and hot temps will put fish down and the bugs will be less active. You may see some terrestrials out but for the most part these are done. Sunday’s weather is looking a little more fishy with temps in the 60’s and possible showers. If you had to pick one day this would most likely be it. On the Yellowstone River BWO’s have …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report

The Yellowstone River is seeing some really awesome BWO hatches mid afternoon around 2:00PM with this cloudy weather! Tomorrow is supposed to be the same as today (cold and rainy) so expect the hatch. The next few days are supposed to have mostly sunny skies so you may not see as many bugs. Search around with your purple haze, parachute adams, and other attractor dries if you do not see fish actively feeding. Dropping a PT nymph, Baetis nymph, or Zebra midge off of your searching dry is a good idea. Streamers stripped through the currents and in the deep …

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Yellowstone National Park

Recently the water in Yellowstone National Park has been fishing well. The Madison, Firehole and Gibbon would be a great place to start. Look for BWO’s and Caddis in the morning. Once things warm up throw terrestrials. The Madison and Firehole can be very fun swinging soft hackles and stripping small streamers. Lots of options. Other then the western region of the park the Gardner river near the north entrance is also fishing well. Fish those deep holes to find some big browns that have run up from the Yellowstone. You may have to let it warm a bit in …

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Fall on the Spring Creek

We have seen some tough fishing the last few days with the unseasonably warm and sunny weather. Things should get back in shape pretty soon as we look forward to cooler, wetter weather early next week. Angler’s have still had success on midge larva, pupa, and adult patterns. Baetis nymphs will also be a good choice out there. 6x or 7x with at least a 12 foot leader is a must to get fish to feed. Sneaking up on them and presenting your fly(s) downstream will give you the best odds at hooking fish. An excellent time to be on …

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