Good news, fish-heads - with forecasted temperatures approaching 70 degrees tomorrow it should be a nice spring day to get out on the water. The bad news is you'll have to be choosy about the ...More
Good news, fish-heads - with forecasted temperatures approaching 70 degrees tomorrow it should be a nice spring day to get out on the water. The bad news is you'll have to be choosy about the water you sample because low level snow melt has brought a few of our favorite rivers up enough to make them at least questionable if not unfishable.
The Missouri River is clear and temps are on the rise - 38.5 degrees! Slow swing, nymph it deep or look for midge sipping noses. The Madison River is stable and already at 40 degrees - should be good. The Bighorn is running big but will fish well for you under a real big bobber.
The Yellowstone, Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers are high and variable, heading in the wrong direction for weekend fishing opportunities.
Most importantly, renew your fishing license and get yourself outside on a gorgeous day to knock the cobwebs off your cast. If you want to get serious give us a call and we'll set you up on a Spring Speical trip with a top-shelf MFO guide.
We'll see you on the water!
The push and pull of spring and winter weather patterns makes for a fun start to March in the Northern Rockies, one day its powder and skis and then the next its sink tips and streamers. Before ...More
The push and pull of spring and winter weather patterns makes for a fun start to March in the Northern Rockies, one day its powder and skis and then the next its sink tips and streamers. Before the recent dumping of snow I was able to get out for a few days of streamer fishing on two of our favorite waters in the area.
The week started by swinging flies with the two-handed rod on the Missouri. The nice mellow pace of cast, swing, step, and repeat made for a couple of pleasant days on the water. The Mo is a really great trout spey river and with the small uptick in water temps the trout are getting much grabbier. A small black leech has been the most productive and fishing the slow inside bends is key to putting a bend in the rod.
After a few days of swinging, a quick trip to the Upper Madison was in order. We floated from Lyons to McAtee and committed the entire day to throwing streamers; if it wasn’t large and tied with at least two hooks we weren’t going to throw it. Although this strategy sometimes yields less fish, we were looking for the big one and it worked. We put a couple of nice fish in the net and found a few opportunistic smaller fish that had a big appetite. A sure sign that spring is knocking on the door.
Reflecting back on the last few days really makes me appreciate the diversity of fishing we have within a short reach of the Bozeman/Helena area. One day you are swinging a little black size 12 leech on the calm waters of the Missouri River and less than 24 hours later you’re stripping a gaudy articulated white streamer on the Upper Madison. Here in troutlandia you sometimes have to drive past good water to find more, but sampling it all has an appeal in itself and it’s really thrilling to accomplish so much during a short time period.
Some of my fondest memories as a child revolve around time spent outdoors with my family. Endless camping, hunting, and fishing trips will forever remain as some of the most cherished events of my ...More
Some of my fondest memories as a child revolve around time spent outdoors with my family. Endless camping, hunting, and fishing trips will forever remain as some of the most cherished events of my childhood. I vividly remember always lying in bed the night before a hunting trip with my dad, unable to fall asleep. My boundless excitement and ardent anticipation wouldn’t allow my mind to rest; I literally couldn’t wait for the next day. This type of excitement is something that will stay with a person forever.
Now on the river, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share this passion for the outdoors with the guests in my boat; it’s great to see the next generation of youth gain interest in what we all know and love. The excitement of coaching a young budding angler into their first fish, while their loved one admires from the back of the boat, brings a certain sense of joy that can not be described with words. As fishing guides we are allotted a unique perspective as we are interjected into these sensational moments between a father and son, mother and daughter, or grandparents and grandchild. When we slip our net under a beautiful trout and give a round of high fives we get to be part of the family. It brings back the same feeling we had as a child and ignites the passion we share with our own children growing up in the outdoors.
With the season quickly approaching, I know that myself along with the assembly of MFO guides are looking forward to another season of spending our precious river moments cherishing the personal relationships we develop. Although we get to meet many different groups of people on the river, some of the best trips are when we observe family connect. Whether it’s a new generation finding their first passion with the outdoors or older generations rekindling their relationships amongst Mother Nature, it is great to see everyone enjoy their time on the water. These days on the river are what we all live for and we can’t wait to contribute toward that special moment during your next fishing trip this year.