Tons of wildlife roaming around these nice spring days lately, lot's of moose and eagles by the rivers which is always a sign of a good day. The fishing continues to be great in some areas and other waterways are high and muddy as they move through the runnoff stage. It happens every year and sometimes you can fish the dirty water with success, just remember the fish do still have to eat every day.
UPPER MADISON RIVER: 1,730cfs
The Upper has been fishing good mostly higher up around 3$ bridge and the Lyons to Macatee float. Guys have been rockin them on streamers and nymphs with a few select times to catch the dry fly hatch, usually late afternoon. Downstream from Cameron it gets pretty muddy from indian creek towards Ennis, not a lot of great reports from there. Between the lakes has been outstanding as well as cliff and wade lake.
flies: rubberlegs-orange, black, brown, muskrat golden stone, black stoner, sex fly, PT spanker, San Juan, big hare's ear, king prince, zonkers, dream catcher, McCune's sculpin, Bow River Bugger, Sculpzilla, para Adams, para March brown, Chubby chernobyl, tilt wing baetis, para baetis
LOWER MADISON RIVER: 2,430cfs
Still holding very well and fishing great the lower has good enough clarity with 1.5-2ft. of visibility. The crawfish and sculpin bite has been very good as well as smaller flashy baetis and stonefly nymphs. A few Caddis adults fluttering around mostly late in the afternoon with a few salmon flies and brown stones here and there. Not thick enough yet to start blind casting with a cat puke style orange dry fly but it could be right around the corner.
flies: sculpzilla, bow river bugger, deer hair bugger, McCune's sculpin, snapping craw, clouser turkey back, chickabou craw, black and rust wooly bugger, rubberlegs, orange/black stoner, PT spanker, red copper john, Tung. ready baetis, lightning bug, BWO bubble back, tungsten yellow sally, chubby chernobyl, para adams, para baetis, purple caddis, bloom's caddis
MISSOURI RIVER: 4,770cfs
The MO has been steady and comfortable flows making for really great walk wading acces. Very clear water from the Dam to Pelican. The nymphing is pretty outstanding mostly with smaller baetis and mayfly nymphs. The dry fly has been tougher the last couple of days with few heads rising consistently, not impossible but lately has required a lot of patience. Lot's of small midges and a few mayflies mostly being eaten in the emerger life stage. The streamer bite has not been fantastic but guys are moving a few really nice big browns per day which if they eat it can make your entire week.
flies: BWO bubbleback, stalcup's baetis, crackback mayfly, Pheasant tail, blue spanker, shop vac, green machine, red copper john, hunchback scud, zebra midge, para baetis, griffiths' gnat, copper zonker, dream catcher, Hare's ear, drake nymph, king prince
BIG HOLE: 4,330 cfs
The river has risen a bit since yesterday's rain but still plenty clear with about 3ft. of visibility. Still fishing has been great with streamers and nymphs. This may be the last of the runnoff for the Big Hole as they haver very little snow in the pioneers to burn through. I think it will be a phenominal early season on the tannin stained river. Salmon flies should be right around the corner there and they should be epice this year.
flies: silveys sculpin, sex dungeon, screamers, dream catcher, zonker, bow river bugger, JJ's special, yellow yummy, rubberlegs, tung yellow sally, hare's ear, pheasant tail, stalcup's baetis, tung ready baetis, para adams
YELLOWSTONE RIVER: 16,100cfs
raging fast and muddy. I would not fish there right now. should be back in shape in about 7-10 days i'm guessing.
GALLATIN RIVER: 3,150cfs
Chocolate milk colored and fast. Would seriously consider someplace else if your looking to fish. Maybe go to the Gallatin for kayaking and Morel mushrooms hunting right now. The tributaries are running clear and open to fish Sat. May 19th!