I have been hiding up on the Missouri River waiting for dry fly fishing to start. We did have a sampling of great dry fly fishing for about 5 days when the river was dropped to 5200 cfs. The PMD and Rusty Spinner fishing was silly. There were 18-20" fish moving 3-4' to eat a dry. That almost never happens on the Mo. Then, they shot the river back up to 10,000+ and the dry fly fishing went with it. Now, do not get me wrong, I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool purist, but as a recovering nympho I was ready to fish dries, and not look at an indicator until fall.
The big story this week is that the Yellowstone is finally fishable. The water clarity is about 1’-2’ and a nice green color with levels at 9,800 CFS. Even though it rained all day yesterday, the feeder streams are still running clear and have feeding fish gathered at their mouths. Anglers will find a buffet full of fish food consisting of PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis, Golden Stones and a few Salmon Flies. The best angling approach is still from a boat, but it won’t be long and the wading fishermen will be able to fish their favorite holes.
The Salmon Flies have made the leap over Ennis Lake and are making their way up stream on the upper Madison. This week our guides found the giant stoneflies in large numbers between Varney Bridge and Ennis. If you plan on chasing the big bugs this weekend, give us a call and we’ll let you know where they are and what pattern their eating.
Hello all, being my first post of the 2009 guide season let me first just say how happy I am to be back fishing at home after a spring full of global travel. There's really nothing like Montana!
Weekly fishing report, June 25, 2009
It feels a lot like summer out there…….Finally. With temperatures in the 80’s and maybe 90’s for the rest of the week, a good portion of the remaining mountain snow should come down. If that is the case, by next week we should start to see more consistent water levels.