Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great April Fishing

Montana's spring weather is something to behold - snow, rain, wind, clouds, sun... sometimes all in one day. We've been all over the place with the weather lately but in spite of it all the fishing has remained suprisingly consistent and resiliant to the seemingly constant changes. We've spent most of our time on the Madison as of late as winds have been far more gentle there than down in Livingston.

Fishing on the Madison has been excellent with the most consistent action with nymphs rigs fished in the deeper holes. The river is quite low and clear and while there plenty of fish in the shallow stuff they've been tricky get close to.

The best dry fly fishing we've run into as of late has been on the Yellowstone - lots of baetis and midges which will be the likely principle hatches in the next week or two.

We've had a bunch of snow in the past two weeks, over a foot in the mountains yesterday, and while I can't be sure how much it has truly affected the snowpack I have to think that our hopes of good river flows for the summer are improving by the minute. If the moisture keeps up it would appear that we'll be in pretty good shape.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Fishing

Though it felt a bit more like winter today with constant snow and temps hovering around thirty all day, there is no question that the fish have entered into the spring routine. From the upper Madison to the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Spring Creeks in Paradise Valley, we have experienced some phenomenal fishing both with nymphs and dries. Midge hatches have been as good as I can remember and in the past few day the baetis have started to make their presence. Though the weather has been all over the map in the past week or so, the fishing has stayed consistent.

Reports from the Missouri over the weekend were also outstanding. Without a doubt, if you can handle the some adversity with the weather, April is one of Montana's finest months to fish.