We have been fishing when the weather allows. Recently, we ventured to the Upper Madison River for the day. Although the wind was troublesome, we landed plenty of fish to have a satisfying day and scratch the itch to get out in the fresh Montana air and enjoy the day. When the weather isn’t comfortable we have been preparing for the season. I have received an order of new client rods, fresh leaders and tippets, and new fly lines. I have been cranking out flies at the vice and stuffing the boxes.
Schools are closed until March 27th. Bars and restaurants are closed except for take out until March 24th. The airport is still operating, although things are a bit quieter. At the grocery stores, we are seeing some bare shelves (mostly TP and paper towels), but still plenty of fresh food and staples. Hotels are operating, and to me everyone in town is still very friendly but we are all trying to keep some distance. I would say things are a bit quieter around town. Traffic is a little better lately. I myself have been completely content staying home and tying flies for this summer rather than running around town. If I need to go to the store or run to the post office and bank, I’ll go. But, I haven’t been itching to get out of the house except to fish. Now if it will just warm up a little more.
I do have some trips scheduled for early April taking advantage of our spring special. I am confident that they work out. I’m ready! We will see if things stay the same as they are today, or if we have changed plans due to the airlines. We will work within the best of our abilities to accommodate any travel issues for our clients.
We have amended our cancellation policy for now. Please see the Blog article below. I hope that you find yourself in good health and this passes in a timely matter. If we can answer any questions about reservations you might have already made for 2020 or questions about bookings in the future, please feel free to contact me directly: 866-456-6889 (9am-8pm MST).
Regards, Dane Huzarski
NEW CANCELLATION POLICY FOR COVID-19
Our cancellation policy has been revised during the coronavirus situation. You have 14 days prior to your scheduled trip to receive a full refund and up to 7 days for a 50% refund.
SIX FLIES FOR WINTERTIME FISHING ON THE MADISON RIVER
This time of year, the trout are hunkered down and not moving far to eat. You want to fish the slower moving water, water that they don’t have to expend much energy to live. Nymph fishing is primarily the preferred way to have success this time of year.
I had heard that there was a huge herd in the Madison range about a week ago. After fishing we drove around for a bit and tried to locate them. It had looked as if many of them had headed back towards Yellowstone park, but we were able to find a few. I liked this shot because there was one elk that had dropped one of his antlers but he still had the other. Probably not that easy to walk around with just one. Maybe that’s why they are all laying down? Waiting for the next “antler” to drop?