After the recent rains, the water has been muddy and flowing heavily – in the last 2 weeks it has doubled to 3500+ CFS. If you like to streamer fish, this would be a good time to take big swings. In the meantime, we recommend waiting until this storm system moves out.
Recommended Flies: Pats Rubber Legs, CH Wooly Bugger Black/Olive, Hothead Worm, DB 20-Incher
DO NOT FLOAT OR FISH – The Yellowstone is above 8 feet (15,500 CFS) in Livingston as of this morning and is extremely dangerous. There are better, and safer, options nearby!
Like most other water this time of year, the Lower Madison is rutty with mud and high from spring runoff. With that being said: we are seeing good dry-bites on Elk Hair Caddis, and if the sun comes out you can fish an emerger with a lot of success. Fins slow moving pockets!
Recommended Flies: Soft Hackle, BWO Emerger, Elk Hair Caddis Brown or Black, Natural Zonker
The further you go up river, the better the water clarity (and the fishing!) will be. You will find all-day success on bigger Nymphs like the Pat’s, and will get dry fly eats with smaller BWO’s.
Recommended Flies: Pat’s Rubber Legs, BWO Emerger, BWO (16), Elk Hair Caddis Brown or Black, CH Wooly Bugger Black/Olive
The rivers of Southwest Montana are blown out presently & running mud & silt. The Big Hole is will over 5000cfs which puts the Jefferson & Missouri rivers very high as well. The Big Hole is fishable by boat & fly fishermen. They’re doing fair on large streamers & midge patterns, both dry & wet. Yellow & white six dungeons, yellow/green new age, or root bur buggers. Most beadheads or san juan worm patterns have been promising as well.
The lower Beaverhead & Jefferson rivers are running chocolate milk right now & are better left alone until they clear up.
Most anglers are bank fishing the Ruby or Clark Canyon Reservoirs this week. Georgetown & Delmo are still frozen & inaccessible. Beaver Cut & below Canyon Ferry at Gates of the Mountains are seeing the most activity. Spawn bays are big.