Its almost springtime here in Montana which means its time to pull the boats out of storage and get ready to start floating the rivers again. Personally, i cant wait to row the Yellowstone dragging streamers while waiting for signs of rising fish. Spring has become my favorite time to fish in Montana. The lack of crowds and surplus of hungry trout makes for an exciting time on the water. The only thing you have to worry about is choosing warmer days and the right sections of river to float.
Last spring i was fortunate enough to float several times in March and April and we sure had some awesome days! Big fish were our target and streamer fishing was the answer. Anyone interested in doing some early season fishing on the Yellowstone should give us a call!
Here is a little taste from last years spring season…
Well, it’s two days after St.Valentines day and I’ve already fished about 15 days this year. The mild winter up here has kept most of the rivers ice free which is good for those of us who enjoy rising fish and solitude on the rivers. What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we were waist deep skiing powder, this year we’re waist deep in the rivers.
We’ve been fishing the Yellowstone pretty much anytime the wind isn’t blowing. It’s a great time to be out swinging streamers or looking for rising fish. Dry fly fishing has been much more productive on cloudy days. When the sun is out we’ve been able to pick fish up on small zebra midges, blood worms, and emerging midge patterns.
We’ll be on the Upper Madison tomorrow with an update soon to follow! (We’re hearing reports of big fish being caught on midge dries!!)
Thanks to everyone from Montana Fly Fishing Guides! We had a great 2009 season despite the tougher economic times. Many of our guests were able to experience some of the best summer fishing in recent memory, particularly on the Yellowstone River. In fact one of our guides jokingly mentioned that he only tied on one hopper for about 6 straight weeks! A glorious hopper season for sure.
The early Fall was a bit more difficult. Warm weather and sunny skies didn’t agree with most of our Fall hatches, but we still managed to find some good fishing for those willing to get down and dirty with streamers and big nymphs. The afternoons were productive with small emergers and dries.
The abundant water and cool temperatures made for healthy trout. We are excited for next season and we hope you are too.