I hope that this newsletter finds you well. It’s spring time in the Rockies and the hills are green and the snow is running down the mountains. This is the time of year that sends us chasing around the state searching for clear water. These are fun trips that take us to rivers and streams that we might not normally fish at. This year, I got to spend more time with friends than usual and it has been an unexpected delight.
Lately I have spent a few days out on the Madison River chasing the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch. Millions of caddis, but not many trout willing to eat a dry fly yet. I believe that cold water temps still have the trout too chilled to eat off the surface. There is some great news for all. Be sure to check out the blog below.
So stay safe, practice your cast, and we will see you soon.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
OUR RETURN TO MONTANA FLY FISHING
Great news from the Governor this afternoon. At a news conference this afternoon on 5/19/20, the Governor spoke about entering phase two of re-opening Montana. He has moved up the 14 day quarantine to expire June 1st.
This month's three flies are are a little different from the usual flies you see in any fly shop bins. The first fly is called a Frenchie. It is a variation on the pheasant tail nymph. The "hot spot" can be tied with various dubbing colors. This fly is very popular for fishing the Missouri River. It sinks quickly with its tungsten bead and I believe the pink dubbing helps attract the trout.
The next fly is a staple in any Rocky Mountain guide's box. Andy Carlson, a guide out of Missoula, invented this fly a few years ago. The Purple Haze is tied like a Parachute Adams but with a purple floss body. I don't know why trout like purple so much, but believe me they do. This general attractor pattern works on all Montana waters that trout exist. I have different sizes for different hatches. You can find this pattern with a calf tail post or synthetic materials—either makes this a very visible fly on any type of water.
The third fly is called a Blowtorch. It was first brought to my attention by a client I fished with many years ago. Months after we fished together, he sent me a few flies that he had just learned about and was having good success with back on his home waters. They sat on my tying bench for a while and then I decided to try them out. I have had good success with them on the Upper Madison, Yellowstone and Gallatin Rivers. These “Tag Nymphs” are not as popular in the States as they are in Europe, where they're originally from, but I have a number of variations I tie of this pattern. This is a good pattern for when the water is high or stained.
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On the way back from fishing the Madison River, I pulled off the road to take this picture of the snow capped Bridger Mountains, just outside of Bozeman. This farmer's field is quite a contrast to the mountains. I really enjoy this time of year when everything is so green.