Fishing on the Upper Madison has been nothing short of spectacular ever since the first warmup in early February. With steady flows of about 950 CFS, the river is in good shape for both wading and floating. Although there has been some intermittent winter weather that’s kept us off the water, we have been out doing a lot of “research” and a lot of guiding in the past 2 months. And we've found the action to be very consistent. Lots of healthy Bows and Browns.
The only fly fishermen that don’t love flats fishing are those who haven’t tried it yet. It is one of the greatest things in the sporting world, and just what the Dr. ordered on the heels of another Montana winter!
In recent years most of my friends have been taking salt trips to Mexico, Belize, Bahamas and now Cuba. I am fortunate to have traveled extensively in all of these places many times (except Cuba) and they are all wonderful destinations for flats fishing that offer plenty of angling opportunity in addition to a cross-cultural experience.
But don’t forget your Keys!
The super Chinook winds of last weekend blew winter right out of here and brought in a beautiful breath of spring. We jumped on it, and did the first float trip of 2016. Varney to 8 Mile did not dissapoint. Plenty of fat Bows and Browns in addition to a multitude of Eagles and Meese! Here's a quick 2 minute edit featuring the Good 'ol Grateful Dead~! Red Rocks 7/8/78
The boat ramps at Varney, 8 Mile, Burnt Tree and Ennis are all usable for now.
Justin Edge demonstrates how to tie his Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph, a.k.a. The Turd
Capt. Joe shows you how to open a bottle beer with your wedding ring.
Capt. Joe shows you a technique for racking and storing your fly rods. This works great for racking single or multiple rods in a flats boat, drift boat, wall rack and Titan Rod Vault.
Justin Edge demonstrates how to tie his Purple Psycho Baetis