Friday, August 3, 2018

Montana Summer Fishing Reports


Hatches
They are currently in the later stages of aquatic summer insect hatches, and just on the leading edge of terrestrial season. Tricos and callibaetis can be found in many of the lakes and tailwaters right now. PMD's have been out in strong numbers still, as well as some left over yellow sallies


Upper Madison
With the big stonefly hatches mostly over, we are shifting gears towards PMD's, yellow sallies, and early terrestrials such as ants and hoppers. Most of the trout are moving into slightly faster water, seeking more dissolved oxygen as water temperatures rise. Many of the larger trout lately have been in the mid-river shelves or on the faster edges of the seams.

Yellowstone River
After a slightly delayed start to the Yellowstone River fishing season, it is now go time over there. The past couple weeks have provided consistent fishing with a wide variety of fly fishing techniques from dry flies to nymphs, and streamers.

Gallatin
The Gallatin is shaping up nicely right now, and our healthy snow season should keep flows steady all summer long. As a true freestone river, in general the flows will continue to drop all summer long.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Take Your Kids Fishing!

 

Nothing Beats a Day out on The Water With Your Kids
 
One thing I learned years ago was that it wasn't the act of catching fish that got me excited, but the actual being out on the water with my kids catching fish or simply being together.

 
 

Everytime I get out with my boys I have the best time imaginable and they usually catch more fish than I do lately. Whether it's fishing for snook in Florida, local Bass ponds or trout water, they enjoy every minute of it.

It's time to plan another adventure it seems!



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Destination Frying Pan River





What makes it special?
Mysis Relicta is a small freshwater shrimp that fishery managers introduced into reservoirs throughout the west during the 1950s-1970s as a food source for trout and Kokanee (land-locked salmon). The resulting devastation from introducing a non-native, such as the Mysis, was unpredicted. The Mysis fed heavily upon the same zooplankton in the reservoir that juvenile salmon and trout needed as a food source. However, the tailwater section of the river benefited from this misguided management.

Fryingpan Trout:
Trout in the Fryingpan River feed heavily upon the Mysis shrimp that flush through the bottom of the dam. The top two miles flowing out of the reservoir hold the highest numbers of Mysis in the water column, where giant trout swell under the high protein diet and end up looking more like Olympic weightlifters than beaver pond bookies.
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