UPPER MADISON RIVER FISHING REPORT-04-10-14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Madison River flows Hebgen Dam 963 cfs Kirby 1,040 cfs Varney 1,210 cfs VISIBILITY Very clear at 3+ feet. The Upper Madison remains closed from Quake Lake downstream to McAtee Fishing Access Site (FAS) and again from Ennis FAS downstream to Ennis Lake FAS until the general season opener Saturday May 17th. […]

BIG HOLE RIVER FISHING REPORT-4-03-14 (by FishTales Outfitting, LLC)

This Big Hole River brown fell to a Pat’s Rubber legged stone fly nymph.

CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Big Hole River flows Maiden Rock 481 cfs Melrose 596 cfs Glen 553 cfs VISIBILITY Good 3+ feet. Visibility is still good but better from Melrose upstream. 2+ feet further down near Pennington Bridge. Currently river flows have dropped as evening temperatures below freezing are keeping flows fairly low, clear and stable. […]

UPPER MADISON RIVER FISHING REPORT 3.27.14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Madison River flows Hebgen Dam 942 cfs Kirby Ranch 1,020 cfs Varney Bridge 1,150 cfs Madison River rainbow’s like this are a lot of fun to try and hold on to. VISIBILITY Very good at 4 feet. Current Madison River flows out of Hebgen Dam have been increased by 10% to make […]

BIG HOLE RIVER FISHING REPORT-3.20.14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting, LLC)

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CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Big Hole River flows Maiden Rock 524 cfs Melrose 604 cfs Glen 458 cfs   VISIBILITY Good 2-3 feet. Visibility conditions are expected to change as ice begins to melt off elevations just above the river bottom. Currently river flows are fairly stable and dropping because evening temperatures are still below freezing […]

Southwest Montana Fishing Forecast (by Brian McGeehan of Montana Angler Fly Fishing)

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River drainages across Montana are currently enjoying a healthy snowpack that is currently 120-155% of average depending on the watershed. The months of April and May are historically some of the wettest of the year so the final verdict on our snowpack levels will depend greatly on our weather patterns the remainder of the spring. […]

BIG HOLE RIVER FISHING REPORT – 03-12-14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC)

Caption: This Big Hole River rainbow couldn’t say “NO” to a Pat’s Rubber legged stone fly nymph.

CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Big Hole River flows Maiden Rock 495 cfs VISIBILITY Good Now that the weather has started to warm ice has started to clear from The Big Hole River bumping the flows up to 600 cfs at Maiden Rock and now stabilizing back to 495 cfs. Still ice on the banks but fishing […]

Madison River Fishing Report – 3.6.14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outiftting LLC)

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CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Madison River flows Hebgen Dam 794 cfs Kirby Ranch 839 cfs Varney Bridge 875 cfs Caption: VISIBILITY Good The Upper Madison River is closed from Quake Lake downstream to Mcatee Bridge Fishing Access Site and also from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake until the general season opens Saturday in May 17th. The […]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report-2.27.14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Beaverhead River flows out of Clark Canyon Dam 27cfs Caption: Beaverhead River Rainbow Trout VISIBILITY Good The Beaverhead River is closed from The Dam Fishing Access Site down to Pipe Organ (FAS) until the third Saturday in May. Check the Montana Fish Wildlife and Park’s site for fishing regulations. Fishing is good […]

Montana Sportsman’s Expo & Great Rockies Sports Show This Weekend!

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It is a weekend of outdoor shows this weekend around Western Montana. Montana Sportsman’s Expo will be taking place in Kalispell and the Great Rockies Sports Show will be this weekend in Helena. The Montana Outdoor Radio Show booth will be set up at the Great Rockies Sports Show in Helena, so be sure to […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report by FishTales Outfitting LLC (2-20-14)

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CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Big Hole River real-time flows are not available USGS due to icing. Estimated at 175cfs – 200cfs VISIBILITY Good 4+ft The Big Hole River remains locked up with ice in the lower reaches up through Salmon Fly Fishing Access Site (FAS) and the Fish & Game FAS further up. George Grant FAS […]

Experience the Best Montana Fly Fishing with FishTales Outfitting LLC!

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FishTales Outfitting LLC, established in 2004, is owned and operated by Michael Stack, an avid fly fisherman who grew up fly fishing and has been guiding since 1995.  Michael is from Connecticut, lived in Alaska and chose southwestern Montana as the location to plant some roots.  After fishing waters across the country, he couldn’t be […]

“Rod Love!” by Montana Grant

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Now that hunting season is over, and we are experiencing “pre-fishing season”, it is time to give some much needed attention to your Rods! When was the last time you cleaned, inspected, and repaired your rods? Today’s newer fishing rods are made to be lightweight, strong, and inexpensive. Ultra-light and graphite rods tend to be […]

Montana Outdoor Radio Show’s Own Christmas Poem

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T’was the night before Christmas and all through the state, Hunters were waiting to find out their fate, Would this be the year Santa brings them a tag? For that towering elk they wanted to bag, Fly fishermen were all nestled snug in their bed, Visions of bamboo rods danced in their head, Colonel Smoothbore […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 11.11.13

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(Report compiled by Carol Henckel) Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information. Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor. Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 9.20.13

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Hunting: Archery season for Antelope, Elk and Deer is now open!!! General hunting season is just around the corner with Antelope starting on October 12th. Deer and Elk general season will be starting on October 26th. Upland bird hunting for grouse & partridge opened on September 1. Youth hunt dates for pheasants are September 21 […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 9.16.13

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(Report compiled by Carol Henckel) Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information. Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor. Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and […]

Fishing Closure Lifted on Blackfoot River and Tributaries

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks lifted all fishing restrictions on the Blackfoot River and tributaries today. The entire main stem and important bull trout tributaries have been under a 24-hour fishing closure since September 5 to reduce the impact on drought-stressed fish. FWP Region 2 Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says that forecasted moisture and reduced […]

EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 9/9/13

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Report compiled by Carol Henckel Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information. Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor. Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 9.2.13

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 (Report compiled by Carol Henckel) Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information. Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor. Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and […]

Complete Fishing Closure Begins Thursday on Blackfoot River and Tributaries

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In an effort to protect fish from the stress of low stream flows, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will impose a complete closure to fishing on the Blackfoot River and its important bull trout tributaries effective Thursday, Sept. 5. The “Blackfoot Drought Response Plan” calls for a 24-hour a day fishing closure on the main […]

Cast One for Hope on the Bitterroot River out of Hamilton

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HAMILTON MT. Casting for Recovery is holding a single-fly fly fishing event in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley, Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013. All proceeds from the event will benefit Casting for Recovery, a national nonprofit organization that provides free support and education retreats for women of any age and in […]