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 […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report 6-5-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Maiden Rock 5,570 cfs Melrose 5,350 cfs Glen 5,530 cfs VISIBILTY: Good at 2+ feet, better above Wise River. 3+ feet. The Big Hole River is currently dropping and clearing every day after peaking on May 27th at 8,610 cfs near Melrose. Flows are still on the big side but the Big Hole River […]

Salmon Hatch is on at Rock Creek!

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Like small children counting down the days until Christmas, anglers have been patiently waiting and watching for the first salmon fly hatch of the season. The waiting is over, at least on Rock Creek; salmon flies have arrived! According to Fisherman’s Mercantile at Rock Creek near Missoula, big ugly bugs were all over the bushes […]

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)

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 […]