Fishing Report for December 4th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 900 cfs

Kirby: 994 cfs

With the deep freeze relinquishing its grasp on the Greater Yellowstone Region over the last few days, it has been downright pleasant to be on the Upper Madison this week.  The nymph fishing between Quake and Lyon’s Bridge has continued to offer up the most consistent action, and midges are definitely the way to go.  While larger patterns such as Pat’s Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, and Zonkers are always a good option, we seem to be doing best on black zebra midges, #18 $3 Dips, and other various midge imitations.  There has been some surface activity as well, but it’s still not full-blown quite yet….give it a few weeks and we should really start to see it go crazy out there.  Streamer fishing is still well worth your time, so keep your retrieves slow and pay attention to the slow edges, tail-outs, and deep buckets and you should do fine.  We are still getting fish to eat larger patterns such as Peanut Envys and Sex Dungeons, but smaller flies such as Wooly Sculpins, Mike’s Pecs, CH Barely Legals, and various buggers can be more productive on the colder mornings.  The extended forecast is calling for temps in the high 30′s to low 40′s for the next seven days, so now would be a great time to grab your gear and head on over to Upper Madison before Old Man Winter shows himself again.

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

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