Big Hole River Fishing Report – 8.28.14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)


(Report by Michael Stack FishTales Outfitting LLC) FLOWS: Maiden Rock 560 cfs Melrose 650 cfs Glen 751 cfs VISIBILITY: Clear at 3+ feet with the usual “tea color” The Big Hole River has rolled off from a recent bump up to 900 cfs due to series of severe thunderstorms that dropped considerable precipitation. This type […]

Mountain Man Fly Fishing Report for the Week of 8.4.14


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 […]

Experience the Best Montana Fly Fishing with FishTales Outfitting LLC!


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 […]

Smith River Permit Applications Available Tomorrow, January 6


Montana State Parks ( announced today that permit applications to float the Smith River State Park will be available from Monday, January 6 – Thursday, February 20, 2014. The lottery drawing permit results will be posted on March 4. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge […]

Fishing Closure Lifted on Blackfoot River and Tributaries


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 […]

Western Montana Fly Fishing Report by the Mountain Man – 8.25.13


We are still experiencing the dreaded “Dog days of summer” on the larger rivers of central and western Montana. But fish can still be caught. Here are some suggestions for Labor Day Weekend: Try to find smaller creeks that come into average size creeks-with a big shaded canopy. Look for baby waterfalls and stair stepping […]

Western Montana Fly Fishing Report by the Mountain Man – 8.5.13


Fishing on the Missouri is a bit better than it was a week ago. Hopper patterns are starting to work–a good combo would be a hopper dropper rig. Weeds are still a problem-but fisherman are picking spots between clumps of weeds or fishing parts of the middle of the river that don’t have many weeds. […]

Montana Fly Fishing Report by the Mountain Man – 7.22.13


Still good fishing out there for the fly fisherman. Georgetown lake is probably the best place to go for rising fish in Western Montana. Slender and sparsely tied damsel dries are very effective now. Best fishing seems to be between 11 and 4 pm. The fish are cruising in certain areas and are readily taking […]

Western Montana Fly Fishing Report by the Mountain Man – 7.18.13


Fishing in western Montana has been spotty to good. Spotty fishing on middle Bitterroot and Clark Fork with dry flies during the heat of the day. Blackfoot has been good with various dry flies during morning and early afternoon. Georgetown lake has been very good with slender damsel fly dries-if not too windy. Fishing on […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.7.13


(photo courtesy of   Missouri River: River flow is still manageable and fishing is great. Nymphing is the go to right now, with green or olive midges working well. For dries, blue wing olives are also doing well. Canyon Ferry: The reservoir is at about 80% full. Rainbows are hitting cowbells with worms or […]

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


(photo courtesy of   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 […]

Butte and Bozeman Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 4.5.13


FISHING:  Butte: The streams and reservoirs of Southwestern Montana near Butte are providing excellent fishing opportunities. Many of the locals are heading out to the Missouri, Hauser, Canyon Ferry as well as the local favorites. The rivers around Butte have been running pretty muddy with the present warming trend. Wooly buggers, and brightly colored streamers […]

Montana’s Top Ten Hunting and Fishing Bumper Stickers


Have you seen vehicles on the road that boast those family stick-figure decals?  Yeah, you know what I’m referring to……or how about those vehicles plastered with bumper stickers that give you something to read when you’re behind them at stop lights? Well, I recently asked a handful of people what their favorite hunting and fishing bumper stickers were, and I […]

Big Hole Fishing Well with Dry Flies: Montana North Central and Southwest Fishing Reports

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Leonard from Roberts Bait and Tackle Holter is starting to re-open and is doing well with cowbells in the deeper water, Pishcun still filling back up. Bynum still doing well on perch and some trout. Francis and Fresno are still hit and miss. Tiber has a good bite going on with crawlers and worm harnesses. […]

Still Fly Fishing Opportunities in Bozeman Area Fishing Report


Gallatin River: The Gallatin continues to fly fish well. Especially with hoppers, spruce moths, and even some caddis. There have been a few fishing eating tricos earlier in the day. With shorter days the fishing on the Gallatin should only get better and better as we reach September. Madison River:  Fishing on the Madison as […]

High Temps and High Fatality Rates when Fly Fishing for Montana Native Fish


Scott Anderson of the Montana Fish Company has shared with us tips on how to prevent fish injury during the hottest month of the summer. See the small things that you can do to take part in  Montana Fly Fishing and it’s future. A day off, fly fishing in Missoula, Montana. I have been working […]