Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Fun

The Salmonflys have come and gone on the Madison and Galatin Rivers but another season of summer fun is just getting started. This past week the Madison has seen some of the most prolific PMD hatches in recent memory and they were big juicy bugs too (size 14)! Your favorite pattern will work but the guides at our shop have had great luck with a size 14 rusty spinner. Long drifts in the middle water have been rising many nice fish using trudes on the Madison as well. If you want to use a nymph a large nonbeaded Prince Nymph fished around the rock features will pick up some nice fish. In the park the Firehole has been holding on with a good caddis hatch as well as some PMD's comming off. Stay away from the Firehole in the afternoons. The Madison in the Park is fishing best in the evenings with a rusty spinner and a elk hair caddis both in size 16. The northern rivers should be waking up and we will be getting more reports soon.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fishing is picking up!

All around the area the fishing is picking up due to the run-off heading out. Let's start in the park! Firehole River The Firehole is heating up literally. After getting pounded pretty good due to being the only fishable river for some time, the fish are wising up to most patterns. Early morning the fish can be seen sipping spent mayflies in the eddies and slackwater. Later in the day they will still eat a nice PMD with a good presentation. Caddis in the evening, make sure you are going with a whiter color. Gibbon The Gibbon is fishing well below the falls with some caddis in the evenings. Up in the meadows there is also a good push of Brown Drakes in the evenings and afternoon hours. Madison In the park early in the morning the fish a sipping spent drowned flies and always taking a nice black bugger stripped finely off the banks. Caddis in the evenings or a yellow or orange stimulator and pheasant tail. Between the park and the lake you can try your luck with a nice beadhead trailing behind a callibaetis spinner can produce some results. Between the lakes is producing fish. The water coming over the dam is at 1500 cfs with flows at 1960 near Cameron. Have seen some stone fly nymphs curled up and floating down between the lakes. Our guides have been doing very well on floats producing some nice browns in the float section down from Lyons. Gallatin River The park section of the Gallatin is shaping up very nice. Clarity is good. Below the Taylor's Fork the water becomes a little more turbid but fish can be caught throughout the day! Make sure to stop in the shop here to get more up to date information and check out our sales on Legend Ultra rods by St Croix. Some rods are available at 100 dollars off the retail price! Good luck and have fun out there. Brian

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Starting to get rolling again!

June 14, 2012 Welcome back! We are back on the blog and ready to unleash some new information! Hopefully we can continue to keep this updated with new shop personnel coming and should be able to roll out a new post each week. Let's get started with the good fishing right now! Firehole River: The Firehole is fishing well right now (if you can find a nice piece of water relatively alone). Throughout the day the clarity is good and there are plenty of PMD's coming off. Using a nice soft-hackle PMD or a size 12-16 PMD split wing is producing. Stoneflies are wrapping up in the canyon but you can still arouse a few fish. Best fished on overcast cloudy days. Gibbon River: The Gibbon is starting to produce as well. Slight morning hatch of BWO's and PMD's. Caddis will be starting in the evenings and hopefully Brown Drakes in the coming days. Mostly small fish but some large fish available if you are willing to work. Lower Madison: Bob expects Salmonfly hatch between the 15th and 20th of June at Ennis bridge! Hebgen Lake: Still good midge activity on the lake and yet to see a sign of Callibaetis yet. On a side note: Hebgen outflow was decreased by approximately 10% on tuesday and wednesday. The current outflow will be approximately 1500 cfs after today. Be sure to check in at the shop and talk to the "Shop Guys" for more current reports and selection of flies! Get out and bend a rod this weekend! And...Congratulations to our guide Rob Orsini on the birth of his son Vincent! Brian