Salmonfly Celebration Tonight!
If you're in the Bozeman area tonight you should come on down to The Baxter Hotel for a Salmonfly Celebration! This event is being hosted by flyfishingreports.com, and is a great way to socialize and enjoy one of the biggest and best hatches of the year. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited chapter so you know your money is going to a good cause.
There will be $10 bottomless pint glasses, raffles, and a salmonfly dry fly tying competition. The event starts at 7pm and will go till roughly around 9. It's sure to be a good time and a good party, so come on down and enjoy!
See you there!
Pic of the Day: Sneaky Sneaky
Sometimes you have to resort to being a little sneaky to catch fish. Sometimes even when you do that they won't eat. In this picture, shop guy Ethan Markie uses a boulder as cover to cast to rising trout on the Upper Madison.
Take a hike
Took a hike up Palisade Falls the other day and did some creek fishing on the way back along Hyalite. The creek was loaded with feisty bows and brookies that took the smaller sz. 18 attractor patterns really well. Got a few on the tungsten sure strike nymph in the faster pocket water stretches czech nymphing as well. A great work out for my little fiberglass 3wt. this spot is so incredible to be within reach of Bozeman.
High Water Brown Trout
We have had a lot of customers somewhat concerned about the high water our local rivers are experiencing. While this does put a damper on fishing on places like the Gallatin and the Yellowstone, high water doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t fish at all. The Madison system has been really great lately, even with the high water.
Guide Ladd Hogue has been crushing it on the Lower Madison, even with the high water. Here are a couple of his clients from the past week:
Fishing the Lakes
With the current runoff situation, lots of anglers are headed to the still water fisheries around town. We are lucky to have a pretty good one reasonably close: Hyalite Reservoir. The reservoir not only holds Bozeman’s water supply, but has good populations of Yellowstone Cutthroat, brook trout, and grayling. Hyalite Creek beneath the dam is one of the most popular small creeks in the Bozeman area as well.
The reservoir gets a lot of pressure, but is large enough that there is plenty of room for everyone. This time of year a lot of people head to the inlet, and it can be one of the more productive spots. But don’t overlook elsewhere on the lake. Submerged islands, shelves, the stream bed, drop-offs, submerged trees… All these places will hold fish.
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Fishing the dirty water
I get a lot of anglers through the shop asking about the water conditions lately and usually if a river is high or off color the natural response is that it's just unfishable through runoff. Well not exactly, while i don't always recommend trying to wade in high water for safety reasons you absolutely catch fish in the dirty water. Sometimes the high water just pushes the fish to the banks and small pieces of soft water so they can be easy to find even though you may be looking for them in nontypical holding water.
Dealing With Dirty Water
Runoff season is here. The Yellowstone hit 15,000 cfs this morning, and all the local rivers are experiencing some kind of high water. In some cases like the Madison system the high water is still pretty fishable. In other places like the Gallatin and the Yellowstone, it’s chocolate milk.
Runoff can be a bummer. A lot of our good local water isn’t fishing. But don’t fret, there are still lots of places to go. If you do your research you can almost always find clear water. The Missouri is only two and a half hours away too… If you do find yourself fishing in high, dirty water in the coming weeks, here’s a couple tips to help you out.
Storms a brewing
Montana has been absolutely beautiful the last couple of weeks weather and fishing wise. There is a decent thunderstorm moving through this afternoon to cool down the warm temperatures we have seen the past two days. With the way things are going looks like we might have a pretty quick runoff. Every time it's warmed up and brought the rivers up a bit things seem to cool down for a few days and drop the river flows. If you can get that type of weather then the snow melt just pulses out in short bursts which is the easiest for the fish to recover from.
Eating the Chubby
Dry fly guys have had a couple months of tiny midges, mayflies and all kinds of small bugs on the local waters. There is a great sense of accomplishment in tricking a trout into eating a size 20 fly at 50 feet, dropping it right into his feeding lane and watching that big nose come up and sip it. But sometimes you just want to throw meat.
Casting big dries is the stuff of dreams for many fly fishermen. There are a lot of places where you never fish anything larger than a size 16 or so. So watching a fish just crush a big dry fly like a chubby, foam hopper or a size 8 drake is pretty incredible. That’s one of the many things that draws people to places like Bozeman.
Earlier this week Ethan and I drove up to the Three Dollar Bridge area on the Upper Madison. We were hoping to catch some decent dry fly fishing. Word on the street was that the Baetis fishing was pretty good and we did see a lot of fish rising when we first got there. The weather was a little funky and the fish were being very picky.