Things are turning to some semblance of normal here in SW Montana. Guide trips have started and we are well prepared with plenty of cleaning supplies and fresh tied flies. The rivers have peaked and are now on the downward slope of the graph. The Yellowstone may still be a week out from fishable, but many other area rivers are high and looking very good. The salmonflies are not far off, and if the weather warms up some we should start seeing them on the Yellowstone and Madison Rivers maybe as soon as this week.
Now is the time for heavy leaders, big flies and hungry trout. The salmonflies will be crawling towards the banks shortly and climbing all over the willows. The trout will be waiting for them when they get too close to the water. The trout will eat these big morsels until they can’t fit any more in their bellies.
PMD’s and Caddis are all over the Missouri River. When the flows have been stable the fishing has been very good. These mid-size mayflies should be around for another month and the dry fly fishing will only get better.
In short, the world may be a looking a little different these days, but the trout don’t know it. Things are right on track in the trout world. If you need to get away and chase some wild trout, get a hold of us.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
GET READY FOR THE SALMONFLY HATCH
The Salmonfly hatch is probably the west's best known hatch and brings people from all over the world to fish Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington State.
Paulson’s Flutterbug is still one of my favorite flies for fishing the Salmonfly hatch. Its foam body floats the fly really well and the silhouette of the spit wings gives this fly a realistic look to the trout. This fly now comes in golden stone colors as well.
Rubber legs, Girdle bugs, Turds, whatever you call this stonefly nymph, has been deadly for years here in MT. Usually weighted and fished under a big dry fly or an indicator, this fly has probably caught more trout for me than any other. It can be tied in various colors from solid brown, black, peacock or the variegated style where the chenille is two various colors such as coffee and black or yellow and brown. If I had one fly to use on the Gallatin, Madison or Yellowstone Rivers, it would be this fly in various sizes.
The Chubby Chernobyl is one of the best attractor flies to throw in our area rivers. This fly is not only a fish magnet, but floats so well you can drop a rubber legs off the back and not worry about this fly sinking. Used in combination with a rubber legs, this can be a deadly combination in late June and early July to represent many of our stonefly patterns. Easy to see and tied in various body colors, this is a great fly for fishing the Rocky Mountain states.
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I like Eagles, Golden’s or Bald. I see them quite often on our areas rivers. Usually, my hands are on the oars and the camera is far out of reach. This past week while camping after a trip on the Missouri River, I watched this Bald Eagle for about twenty minutes. He was acting strangely as he dipped his beak in the water almost as if he was poking at his reflection. I snuck out my camera and from across the river I took almost 60 pictures of him. He finally took off and headed for the nest high up in a cottonwood tree. I’ll look for him next time I am up there camping again.