Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 9.6.13

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Some rivers and streams are closed from 2pm-midnight due to drought conditions such as the Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Copper creek, Dearborn River, North Fork of the Blackfoot river, Landers fork, Smith River, Sun River, and the Madison River. The Jefferson River and the Big Hole river are closed to fishing completely. Some good […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 8.9.13

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Bozeman MT FWP announced that there will be restrictions on angling times to coolest parts of the day. The affected waters include the upper Big Hole, lower Madison, Smith, Dearborn, and Sun rivers where fishing will be prohibited between 2 p.m. and midnight. Signs explaining the local restrictions will be posted at fishing access sites. […]

Bozmean/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 8.2.13

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Bozeman  MT FWP announced that there will be restrictions on angling times to coolest parts of the day. The affected waters include the upper Big Hole, lower Madison, Smith, Dearborn, and Sun rivers where fishing will be prohibited between 2 p.m. and midnight. Signs explaining the local restrictions will be posted at fishing access sites. […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 7.19.13

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Bozeman UMR. This stretch is still going strong. Nymph fishing has been great with stoneflies. If you are out throwing dry flies definitely try pmds and yellow sallies in the morning and some caddis in the evening. We have been getting some good feedback on terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and hoppers from the bank. […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 7.12.13

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Helena Terrestrials should be getting going and should be in your fly box no matter where you are. We’d recommend parachute ants (size 14-16), black beetles (14-16), and hoppers will not be in full bloom until later this month. Missouri River: The Mo is fishing great, try throwing dry flies such as caddis, blue-winged olives, […]

Bozeman and Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 7.12.13

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Bozeman UMR. This stretch has been phenomenal. Definitely take some Caddis, yellow sallies (yellow humpies), and stone flies. Some times it just takes a good looking “bug” to get their attention; try throwing some fat alberts or stimulators. The green drakes have started to hatch but it is intermittent right now. LMR The water is […]

Bozeman and Butte Recreation Reports by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.28.13

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Bozeman Rec Report The salmon flies are here on the Upper Madison. We have been getting great reports on the Bob’s Bullet head Salmonfly pattern and Bright Orange para foam salmon fly.  If you are a trooper and out in the morning use some pale morning duns (PMD’s) or yellow humpies (aka yellow sallies).  If […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.28.13

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Missouri River: The Mo is fishing great. If you’re fishing for Browns, large wooly buggers are the ticket.  If you are fishing for Rainbows, we’d recommend throwing Caddis and Prince nymphs.  Another great fly to have in your back pocket on the Mo is the Blue winged olive so don’t be afraid to throw it […]

Helena Area Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.14.13

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(photo courtesy of headhuntersflyshop.com)   The Missouri River is fishing very well all around. Fish seem to be hitting almost anything at times, but nymphs are producing the best. Some reports of pale morning duns are coming in and caddis’ are starting in the lower river. The best options for dries are Blue-winged olives, parachute […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.7.13

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(photo courtesy of dixonadventures.com)   Bozeman Rec Report  Please use caution in the rivers as some may be running high and fast. Don’t forget to “Inspect. Clean. And Dry.” your boats and trailers to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Upper Madison River waters have been fairly clear and slower moving than some of […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 5.31.13

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(photo courtesy of avenger-blog-oo.blogspot.com)   Missouri River: The Missouri is fishing very well. Dry flies are slow but you can still catch a few risers. We’d recommend throwing Elk hair Caddis or red ants. Wooly buggers and nymphs in a olive or black color are also working great. Canyon Ferry: Trout are hunting Rapalas in […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 5.24.13

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(photo courtesy of nwflytyer.wordpress.com)   Helena The Missouri is fishing very well. For dry flies, try BWOs, black ants or caddis. Beatis and midges are also working well. A variety is important as they are being choosy day by day. At Canyon Ferry, no huge bite to report specifically. For trout, try trolling cowbell rigs […]

Bozeman and Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 5.24.13

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(photo courtesy of wallsave.com)   Bozeman On the Upper Madison River, nymphing with a variety of stonefly, mayfly and caddis patterns worked well when fished up against the bank and behind rocks. Lower Madison River nymphing is the same story, a variety of stone, may and caddis patterns fished up against the bank and behind […]

Butte and Bozeman Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 5.17.13

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(photo courtesy of littlejuniata.com)   Butte Rec Report The upper Wise river is running lower than last week and fishing is fair but watch out for area wildfires. The Wise River and Big Hole are copper to chocolate depending on your access point and plenty of water is flowing. Large Double Body Epoxy Black Ants […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons – 5.10.13

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(photo courtesy of burntdrags.blogspot.com)   Bozeman The Upper Madison is in good shape right now. Nymphing is still most productive with smaller stones and rubberlegs trailed by a smaller beadhead like a pheasant tail. On the Lower Madison River the Mother’s Day caddis fly hatch is in full swing. Try mixing it up a bit […]

Butte/Bozeman Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 5.3.13

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(photo courtesy of bozemannet.com)   Butte Delmoe Reservoir was good fishing this past week from the bank. Orange Garlic marshmallow and night crawlers worked well on the cutthroat trout. Spinners were working well on the north shoreline near the stream entrance. The Ruby Reservoir has been good to excellent fishing for small rainbow trout using […]

Butte/Bozeman Recreation Reports from Bob Ward and Sons – 4.26.13

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(photo courtesy of troutfitters.com)   Bozeman Rec Report We’ll start with fishing on the Upper Madison. It has been good using stonefly-beadhead dropper rigs. Good nymph choices include Baetis’, small caddis patterns, and some March Brown stuff. On the Lower Madison, worms trailed by little Baetis nymphs have been good options. Consider darker crayfish or […]

Butte/Bozeman Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 4.19.13

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(photo courtesy of bigskytrout.com) Bozeman Fishing With the unpredictable weather we are having be sure to bring a variety of flies. Nymphs, eggs, and worms are working better for cloudy days but if the sun pops out try BWOs and March Browns. On the Upper Madison River eggs and worms are effective. Olive colored streamers […]