Finally some cooperating weather here around Bozeman for fishing. Tyler and Ethan have both logged some days recently. Two trips to DePuy Spring Creek proved worth while. Technical in some areas, where a stealthy approach to the river will pay off. Small indicators if need be, red zebra midges, ju ju beatis, ray charles were top producers. A splashy rise every now and again but nothing consistent yet at least on the days we were there.
The Upper Madison high up has been pretty awesome too. Around Ennis is a total no go still due to ice so bite the bullet and make the drive farther upstream. A few cars at Reynolds Pass this weekend, but plenty of water both up and downstream of here to spread out. Rising fish? Totally, just keep your eyes peeled and maybe have a rod rigged and ready for when the dry fly opportunity presents itself, as it can come and go within minutes. Midges on top, smaller rubber legs, worms, and BWO type nymphs worked well. Lots of snow, so expect to work a bit harder to move around down there. I wouldn't rule out farther downstream as well, say Lyon's Bridge MAYBE? Depending on where the slush starts to form. Rub and Mac perhaps, anywhere you can find some slower slush free pockets.
The Gallatin is a go for sure, just drive south down the canyon until you find some open runs. With the swing in temps lately, the ice situation will be all over the board, but it might be worth driving closer to Big Sky where the water is usually more open. Be safe! Ice jams kill. As far as flies go, Rubber legs for sure, maybe a brown/coffee color. Zebra midges, small pheasant tail nymphs, a dead drifted wooly bugger perhaps? The East Gallatin will fish as well, just head downstream to find the open water.
The Mighty Mo: If you get a full day off and want to make the drive do it! One of the most productive winter fisheries in the state. Pink wins up here, think small pink and shiny. Pink lightning bugs, fire bead scuds, small worms, maybe a griffiths gnat for fun. Or a sparkle minnow swung on the Spey rod if you wanna get crazy. If you are thinking about floating, check the boat ramps first, mostly a Dam to Craig type game, but changing daily. Wade fishing is a great way to fish this stretch especially as water temps warm up a degree or two as of late.
The Lower Madison? A strong maybe, safer bet in the upper half of Bear Trap canyon, perhaps slushy down lower, and definitely icy below that.
These are where we have been lately, plenty of opportunities as of late, even a little bit of open water on the Yellowstone a few days ago. Stay safe, dress warm and have fun!