Right now we are in peak season. There are Salmonflies on the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers. PMD’s and Caddis are all over the Missouri River. Run off is over and everything is shaping up great right now. Pressure on the rivers is spread out with all options available. Now is prime time for our area rivers. We have a few dates available in late July, and with our big snow pack, August looks to be a banner terrestrial month as well. The Yellowstone and Madison should fish extremely well given our cool, wet June and July. There are a very few prime September dates available, so if fall fishing is in your wheelhouse, give us a call immediately.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
THREE POINTERS FOR SUCCESS WITH THE DRY FLY
A few quick tips for fly fishing with the dry fly. Make your first cast count. Many times your first drift is the most important. The one that the trout sees first and most likely to eat.
This month's hot three flies are Paulson’s flutter bug, Hi-Vis PMD spinner and the Rubber legs stonefly.
The first fly is tied by Umpqua fly company and invented by local guide Eric Paulson. This salmonfly pattern is one of the best to hit the fly bins in recent history. It is nothing short of a great pattern that brings fish to the surface. There are many salmonflies patterns out there, but this is the first one I grab when adults are present.
The Hi-Vis PMD spinner is my go-to on the Missouri River when PMD’s are present. Even though this pattern represents dead mayfly spinners on the water, this massive hatch may find spinners on the water from late morning to late evening. It is easy to see, the trout are looking for an easy meal and dead spinners are tasty morsels. A dead drift in a trout’s feeding lane almost always gets interest from hungry trout.
The rubber legs is a killer on our local rivers like the Gallatin, Yellowstone and Madison Rivers. These freestone rivers have an abundance of stoneflies that hatch throughout the summer. Big, size 8 rubber legs early in the summer and then smaller rubber legs in August and September. They can represent the Salmonflies in early July, Golden Stones a bit later and nocturnal stones in early September. You can fish it under a big dry like a Chubby or under an indicator with additional weight to get it down to the bottom. There are many color combinations from solid black and brown, to variegated coffee/black, tan/white, orange/black. All work super well at different times of the season.
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July fourth is a busy day on our area rivers. I try to persuade clients to fish on either before or after the holiday. Most years I work, but this year I had it off with a few fellow guide buddies. We floated a lesser known stream, a busman’s holiday. We had a few beers and enjoyed the day. I was sitting on the bank with my buddy watching one of our guides work the run and enjoying a barley soda. He caught a number of fish in this hole but from the sidelines we insisted that he had to fight the fish while drinking an adult beverage. Josh, a well seasoned guide was able to not only land the fish, but finish the beer and hook several more fish. Well done, Josh.