SW Montana Fishing Well

Life is better with the Captain! Jess Marquis with a nice brown. Photo: CC

South Western Montana rivers are on the drop and fishing well.  There are a lot of places to go right now including the all the major blue ribbon streams as well as smaller spring creeks, mountain streams, and local stillwaters. There have been Salmonflies, goldenstones, sallies, PMD’s, caddis, brown drakes, and terrestrials out there so there has been no shortage of bugs out there.  Get out there and have some fun!  Give us a all for the latest report or to book a trip: 1-406-222-7130.

Life is better with the Captain! Jamie Van Dyke with a nice rainbow. Photo: CC

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PMD’s on the Spring Creeks

Tom Bailey and John Bond enjoying the afternoon at Nelson's.

PMD’s have been coming off in full force on the Spring Creeks.  Mornings have been slower, but the afternoons have offered dry fly anglers some solid action.  From what we can gather, the larger (size 14-18) infrequens PMDs hatched at bit earlier on the Yellowstone Aquife, which flows through Armstrong’s and DePuy’s and a day or two later on Alluvial Fan Aquifer, which flows through Nelson’s.  It took the fish a day or so get really get on the bugs but they are keyed in now.  We’ve heard reports of some smaller (size 16-20) inermis PMD’s coming off on Armstrong’s and DePuy’s as well, which shouldn’t be far behind on Nelson’s.

Scot Simmons with a big Nelson's rainbow! Photo: John Bond

If you get to the creek early you might try nymphing with scuds, midge larva, and PMD nymphs.  If the evening before was relatively calm, you should also look for spent spinners from the night before.  Sometimes these will get stuck in an eddy and the fish will be looking for them early in the morning. Depending on the day, around 10:00 or 11:00 you should start to see some surface activity.  A sparkle dun or something similar with a trailing shuck is a good choice when you first notice duns coming off.  After a while, you might switch to a compara dun or no hackle. Fish with 6X or 6.6X to get the best drift…

John and Tom, all smiles! Photo: Scot Simmons

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Clarity Still Good

Clarity Tuesday (6/25) Looking good at 10,900 CFS

Clarity is looking very good just above Carter’s bridge today.  The town section and below however is very fast, deep, and turbulent, making the Valley a much better fishing option until flows drop.  The Larmar finally blipped up a bit, we’ll see what happens the next day or two but we are expecting the Yellowstone to creep back up by the weekend.  Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest clarity report.  1-406-222-7130.

CFS finally bumped on the Lamar (Tuesday, 6/25)

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Lakes Fishing Well

Josh and Oliver with a solid "last cast" brown. Photo: Forrest Straight

Local and private lakes have been fishing very well lately.  Callibaetis are coming off mid morning through lunch and the fish have been chomping them.  Leeches, scuds, chironomids, water boatmens, and damsel nymphs have also been doing the trick.  While it is always fun to float the Yellowstone or Madison, there are some great stillwater opportunities to take advantage on in Late June and early July!  Give us a call to book a trip.  1-406-222-7130.

Harry Ano with another thick brown! Photo: Ashby Bell

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Clarity Looking Good

Clarity today in town - green and good to go! (6/24)

Last week’s cold and nasty weather temporarily shut off the snowmelt and as a result the Stone is looking good!  It fished well yesterday and looks like it should hang in there a day or two before warmer temperatures start to melt the snow again.  The Yellowstone will likely be in and out over the next week and a half so give us a call for the latest clarity report or to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130

Clarity today in town (6/24)

CFS on the smooth drop, (at least for today)...

If the Yellowstone does start to come up and gets too muddy to fish there are tons of other great options for fishing right now including the Spring Creeks and the MO, (for PMD’s), the Big Hole, the Madison, the Boulder, (for salmonflies), and of course private lakes (for callibaetis dry fly action and big fish).

John and Fisher Works, putting in the work! Photo: Kimberly Horne

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Yellowstone still running high and muddy

9th street bridge, (Monday 6/17)

The Yellowstone is still running fast and high, and while people are itching to get out there we have been fishing other waters instead.  The Lower Madison, Spring Creeks, and private lakes have all been better options for now.  Its a strange year for runoff.  There is still a lot of snow in the mountains, (snow water-equivalent is now around 150%) which means we will have plenty of water through August and September.  Typically with such high snowpack figures we see a later clearing of the stone, but the hydrograph is predicting the Yellowstone to drop into fishable levels later this week and next week.  We think the Yellowstone will be dropping the next few days and into next week, (due to the cold front coming in) but will be back to runoff levels until around July 1st.  As they say, “It’s hard tellin’ not knowin’…”  Your guess is as good as ours.

Too fast in town, (Monday 6/17)

Current Montana Snowpack

Yellowstone hydrograph prediction...

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Lakes fishing well…

A beautiful hen caught on a Callibaetis from one of the lakes we fish...

With many of our freestone rivers still running muddy, local and private fee lakes have been a fun option. Depending on the elevation of the lake, the Callibaetis hatches have been coming off thick and the fish have been happily feeding on nymphs, duns, and spent spinners.  Leeches, scuds, snails, damsels, hoppers, and water boatmans have also been working well.  Now is a great time to get out there and enjoy some great dry fly fishing before the big ones get smarter.  Give us a call to book a trip!  1-406-222-7130.

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16,000 CFS and climbing…

Running fast through Bell Crossing... (Tuesday, 6/4)

Now that runoff is in full swing, we are starting to see some seriously dangerous currents and debris in the river.  We do not advise even pleasure floating until things settle down, which isn’t going to be any time soon.  The good news is local and private lakes have been fishing very well, as has the MO, the Madison, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks.  Armstrong’s and DePuy’s are currently $80 per rod from now until June 14th, Nelson’s is currently $100 per rod until June 14th.  Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip or start planning for the summer! 406-222-7130.

The Valley, (Tuesday 6/4)

A 30 day history of CFS at Carter's Bridge.

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Runoff is Here

CFS on the Yellowstone has started the climb...

The Yellowstone was kind enough to give us a couple more windows but now it looks as though that door has been shut.  With warmer nighttime temperatures, (rising into the 50′s by this weekend), the Yellowstone will continue climb.  We want to caution all river users to be extremely careful at this time.  It will be safest to avoid the Yellowstone completely for the next month or so.  If you do get out there, be sure to watch for new sweepers, fast floating logs coming from behind, and be extremely careful where you choose to anchor up.  If you are fishing, certainly there are better options out there right now, including the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, private lakes, as well as the great tail waters of SW Montana.  Give us a call if you’d like to book at trip!  1-406-222-7130.

Clarity Thursday, (5/30) - A few inches at best

Clarity Wednesday, (5/29)

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Runoff is Coming

Clarity Saturday (5/25) - looking pretty good!

The recent colder temps have kept runoff at bay the past few days.   People have be floating and throwing streamers with limited success, but it only takes one nice brown to make you feel good.  Most anglers have been throwing streamers going for a big fish on the edges but big rubber leg nymphs have been working as well.  Better get out there soon as we don’t expect it to last!

They did a nice job with the new boat ramp at 89.

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