Fishing Report for November 20th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 822 cfs

Kirby: 914 cfs

It was nice not to have to worry about ice in the guides yesterday, as air temperatures climbed above freezing for the first time in over 10 days.  Despite the cold water temps, we are still getting good fish on streamers both in the wade section and between the lakes.  We have been slowing down our retrieves to more of a slow jig, and the eats on the drop have actually been fairly light, so set the hook if you feel anything even close to tension at the end of your line.  Fishing with nymphs has continued to produce a lot of quality fish throughout the Upper Madison, and as per usual, that will be the case for the rest of the Winter season.  Pat’s Rubber Legs, Eggs, midges, and baetis nymphs are the staples, and 99.99% of the time you won’t have to search for much else as long as you are getting a good drift down on the bottom.  Expect to see midges on the water any time between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and there have been some good pods of rising fish as a result.  Last but not least, please watch out for spawning redds out there.

2015 Streamer Schools Announced!

After another successful school in the Fall of 2014, we are excited to get the ball rolling again in 2015.  Once again our goal is to give each individual a better understanding of a systematic approach to streamer fishing using techniques developed by Kelly and his guide staff.  Through detailed seminars and expert instruction, we will teach you the necessary skills and knowledge base needed to maximize your odds at a fish of a lifetime.  Our classroom will be the Madison River, a blue ribbon trout stream that needs little introduction, and the Fall season provides the solitude that very few anglers get to see during the busy months of Summer.  After completing the school, it is our hope that each and every one of you will walk away armed with new and useful tactics that you can then apply to your home waters and beyond.  Space is limited to 8 participants per session, and we highly recommend intermediate to advanced skill levels.

First Session:  September 18,19,20

Second Session: September 25,26,27

Third Session: October 2,3,4


$1,250 per person (double occupancy) or $1,750 for a single angler package.  Rate includes 4 nights lodging, 2.5 days of guided fishing (First Day is a 1/2), and all meals. For questions regarding schools or to book your spot, please contact the shop at (406) 682-4804 or send us an email at

Fishing Report for November 13th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 832 cfs

Kirby: 923 cfs

It’s been a chilly one out there this week, and we got word that the lower river down by Ennis was a bit on the slushy side yesterday afternoon, so you may want to head more towards the wade section between Quake and Lyons if you plan on heading up this way.  With water temps dropping into the mid-thirties and low-forties, nymphs are definitely the way to go if you are looking for numbers.  Small serendipities, zebra midges, rubber legs, eggs, and baetis nymphs will be your best bets from now all the way through the Winter months, until the general fishing season closes on February 28th.  With the sudden shift in temperatures, we have been seeing good numbers of midges popping from late in the morning and on into the afternoon, so make sure to have a few gray or black adult imitations like a Stillborn or ARF Midge in sizes 18-22, as well as a few griffiths gnats or your favorite cluster pattern in the same sizes.  Streamer fishing has started to slow down a little bit, but the hunt is far from over in November.  We are still getting plenty of buttery-brown slobs to show themselves throughout the Upper River and the usual fare of sex dungeons, silk kitties, peanuts, and the like have been doing the most damage as of late.  We are starting to do a lot better on the slower-style jig rather than ripping it, but that’s usually how it goes when water temps start to drop below forty five degrees up here.

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