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Spring Fly Fishing in Montana is Producing Big Results

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Spring fly fishing in Montana is producing some of the best early fishing in years according to guides at Montana Angler Fly Fishing. The Mother's Day caddis is producing blanket hatches on both the Madison and Yellowstone rivers resulting in outstanding dry fly fishing.

Spring hatches are heating up in Montana. Fly fishing guides at Montana Angler Fly Fishing in Bozeman, MT are reporting some of the best spring action in several years. The month of May traditionally produces strong hatches of several species of mayflies and caddis. In recent seasons cold spring temperatures combined with heavy snow packs and high water levels have dampened the action in the spring season. This season snow-pack levels in Montana are close to the 20 year average and seasonable temperatures have helped kick start the emergence of the prolific Mother’s Day caddis hatch.

“We are definitely seeing some of the best spring fishing in several years,” stated Montana Angler Fly Fishing outfitter Brian McGeehan. “We have near perfect conditions for the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch this year. The temperatures have been mild in most of April which has helped the insects to develop on time and we burned off some of our low elevation snow during a warm spell in late April. In the past week the hatch has been coming off every day around 2 p.m. and bringing a lot of trout to the surface. We have caught it just right this season, just warm enough to trigger the hatch but not hot enough to trigger the run-off from melting high elevation snow pack.”

“We floated Sunday and Monday on the Yellowstone,” stated guide Doug Casey. “The hatch was like a blizzard on Sunday and trout were gorging all across the surface. We had non stop action on dry flies from 2 p.m. until dark. There were just as many bugs on Monday but the fish seemed a little full so we were probably below the head of the hatch. Things should stay really good on the Yellowstone River for a few more days before warmer weather starts melting snow and then we will move to the Madison to chase the hatch there since the dams on the river delay run-off.”

Montana Angler Fly Fishing (http://www.montanaangler.com) offers guided fly fishing trips across Southwestern Montana.


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Comments (6 posted):

dhayden on 10/05/2012 11:59:39
I've fished both.. it's been good, not as great for me as this article suggests, but no complaints. Caddis on the Madison on Tuesday were in full force
sweetandsalt on 10/05/2012 14:42:09
And how is snow pack, early run off and prediction for flows in the upper Missouri watershed looking, Dave?
dhayden on 10/05/2012 15:17:02
For a while they thought runoff was starting early.. most watersheds are below average, some more than others.. Jefferson (Beaverhead, BigHole, Jefferson rivers)is the worst, i think it showed 55% on the news the other night? Dean (I think) had posted a great link to watershed figures.. I'll have to dig that up It was 82 here yesterday.. it's snowing right now. go figure.. Sorry it was Larry: These reports don't match up to what the news had the other day.. These look better Good links: http://www.wrds.uwyo.edu/wrds/nrcs/updatesur/update-mt.html http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/current?type=flow
Editor on 11/05/2012 13:32:22
It was 82 here yesterday.. it's snowing right now. go figure.. That's quite a jump Dave - shorts to snowsuit in one day. :upset:
FISHN50 on 11/05/2012 14:53:06
How's the Bighorn fishing now? I'll be heading out there in the middle of July. & need an idea as what to expect. Flys, etc. Neil
NDflyfisher on 12/05/2012 01:16:23
The Bighorn is at 2,000 CFS which is very low for this time of the year. It's going to be a low water year on the Horn.
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