Upper Madison River Fishing Report – 8.10.14 (by FishTales Outfitting)

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Flows Hebgen Dam 985 cfs Kirby Ranch 1,140 fcs Varney 1,300 cfs The Madison River has dropped after a recent pulse to help cool the river off which has certainly helped the fish and anglers alike. Expect your best fishing early and late on hot bright days, although hoppers have been effective right through the […]

International Fly Fishing Fair This Weekend in Livingston!

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If you don’t already eat, sleep, and breathe fly fishing, this weekend is your opportunity to soak in enough of the sport to get you well on your way. International Fly Fishing Fair is this weekend in Livingston, Montana, and organizers of the event are promising a packed schedule of pure fly fisherman’s paradise! The fair […]

Mountain Man Fly Fishing Report for the Week of 8.4.14

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The Mountain Man reports the following for fly fishing in western Montana: Spruce moth action is in full force on the Blackfoot and Rock Creek.  Size 10 splayed winged tan elk hair caddis is currently a great pattern to use.  Also, there is good carp fishing on the upper Missouri, and small woolly buggers or streamers are working.  You […]

Upper Madison River Fishing Report – 8.1.14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Hebgen Dam 1,050 cfs Kirby Ranch 1,240 fcs Varney 1,420 cfs The Madison River has been bumped a couple times over the last week in small, 10% or less increments to pulse the lower river and keep water temps cold. This little charge of cold water has helped the fishing immensely and that makes […]

Mountain Fly Fishing Report for the week of 7.28.14

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There is “a bit of spruce moth action on Blackfoot and Rock Creek.”  Mountain Man suggests that you find a good run and fish it, but be patient.  The best time to be out is from10 am to 1 pm.  On the Upper Bitterroot River, dry fly fishing seems to be more consistent than last week.  Mountain Man also said that the […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report – 7-18-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Maiden Rock 887 cfs Melrose 943 cfs Glen 1,110 cfs VISIBILTY: Clear at 3+ feet The Big Hole River continues to drop every day after a slight bump in the middle of the month. 993 cfs near Melrose and although flows are dropping daily, the Big Hole River is fishing well. The best fishing […]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report 7.10.14 (by FishTales Outfitting)

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FLOWS: Clark Canyon Dam -  497 cfs Barretts  – 733 cfs VISIBILITY:        good at 3+ feet, some weed beds letting go because of the increase in flows The Beaverhead River flows are up slightly again after dropping during the middle of June. Now that the weather has settled into the normal hot and dry pattern […]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report – 7.4.14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: • Clark Canyon Dam – 388 cfs • Barretts – 550 cfs VISIBILITY: • Very good at 4+ feet, gin clear The Beaverhead River flows are up after dropping during the middle of June. Previous perception during June limited the call for water from ranchers. I expect flows will fluctuate with precipitation levels in […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report – 6.26.14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Maiden Rock 2,960 cfs Melrose 2,740 cfs Glen 2,980 cfs VISIBILTY: Good at 3+ feet The Big Hole River continues to fish well as the flows drop and water clears. Salmon Flies and Golden Stones are coming off along the upper river from Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site (FAS) upstream to Sportsmen’s Camp and […]

Upper Madison River Fishing Report – 6-20-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Hebgen 705 cfs Kirby 1,010 cfs Varney 1,610 cfs VISIBILTY: Good at 3+ feet The Upper Madison River has some green color but continues to drop and clear every day after peaking on May 31sth at 5,610 cfs near Varney Bridge. The Upper Madison River from Quake Lake downstream to Ennis Lake is fishing […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report – 6-12-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Maiden Rock 3,960 cfs Melrose 3,810 cfs Glen 4,070 cfs VISIBILTY: Good at 3+ feet The Big Hole River continues to drop and clear every day after peaking on May 27th at 8,610 cfs near Melrose and although flows are still on the big side the Big Hole River is fishing really well. We’re […]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report – 5-29-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: ·         Clark Canyon Dam 378 cfs ·         Barrett’s 680 cfs ·         Dillon 140 cfs VISIBILITY: ·         4+ feet below Clark Canyon Dam. ·         Clark Canyon Creek has cleared but will have the tendency to “blow out” when there’s a substantial rain event. ·         Below Grasshopper Creek visibility is still a little dirty at 1-2 […]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report 5-22-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Clark Canyon Dam 230 cfs Barrett’s 443 cfs Dillon 136 cfs VISIBILITY: Good clear at 4-5 feet from the Dam. Below Grasshopper visibility is poor 1-2 feet. Clark Canyon Creek above High Bridge is adding some mud but it dilutes by the time you get past High Bridge. When there’s a substantial rain event […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report – 5-15-15 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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Big Hole River Fishing Report 5-15-15 FLOWS: Maiden Rock 2730 cfs Melrose 2,550 cfs Glen 2,570 cfs VISIBILITY: Good at 2-3 feet typical tea color. The Big Hole River has been dropping steadily after a big jump to nearly 5000 cfs due to the freezing nighttime temperatures and although it’s only a matter of time […]

Fly Fisherman Busted with Trout 160 Times Over the Legal Limit

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This is not Montana news, but it does reinforce that fishing regulations are set for a reason, and they should be followed. An anonymous tip led the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation Officers to the home of 62 year-old Bounchanh Bounsombath of Clovis, New Mexico.  There they found over 1,600 trout, which is more […]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report 5-8-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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Beaverhead River Fishing Report 5-8-14 FLOWS: Clark Canyon Dam 77 cfs Barrett’s 241 cfs Dillon 110 cfs VISIBILITY: Fair 2+ feet and improving. The Beaverhead River is closed to fishing from Clark Canyon Dam Spillway FAS (Fishing Access Site) downstream to Pipe Organ FAS until the general season opener on Saturday May 17th. The Beaverhead […]

BIG HOLE RIVER FISHING REPORT (05-01-14) by FishTales Outfitting LLC

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Conditions: Flow Current Big Hole River flows: Maiden Rock 2,230 cfs Melrose 1,940 cfs Glen 1,890 cfs Visibility Some typical spring tea color but clear at 2+ feet, expect that to start to change as things warm up. The Big Hole River has been dropping off after a big run up to almost 5000cfs after […]

UPPER MADISON RIVER FISHING REPORT (4-22-14) by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC

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Conditions: Flow Current Madison River flows: Hebgen Dam 1040 cfs Kirby 1,130 cfs Varney 1,300 cfs Visibility Very clear at 3+ feet.  But expect that to start to change as things warm up The Upper Madison remains closed from Quake Lake downstream to McAtee Fishing Access Site (FAS)  and again from Ennis FAS downstream to […]

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)

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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. […]