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
Capt. Joe shows you an easy way to attach a new fly line to your backing.
Here is a short supplemental video to our latest Madison River fishing report. Hope it distracts you from your work day. Let's go fishing!
When the middle of winter rolls around in southwest Montana, fishing ventures are all about keeping things short. When it’s ten degrees outside during the warmest part of the day, like it was yesterday for Parker and I up around the Pine Butte area of the upper Madison, there aren’t many mortal human beings that can keep their extremities warm enough to fish effectively for very long.
Some fishing guides head south in the winter to warmer climes, bikini-clad women, bonefish, tarpon, blue skies, and cold coronas. Others, like ourselves, hole up back on the Madison studying the forecast for dry fly days, and burning skis in sacrifice to Ullr for more powder to ride. In between the powder days and rising fish, many of our summer time friends and visitors are always curious about what we do in the winter. Find your own beach, right?
Every Year since 1990, Montana FWP has received funding from dam operators to complete a fisheries study on the Madison River Drainage. Recently, in December, the 2015 Annual Report was completed. These studies report on the effects of hydropower operations at both Hebgen and Ennis dams on all fisheries. This includes basic populations parameters of Rainbow and Brown Trout populations in the Madison, information on monitoring efforts of recent (2014) introduction attempts for native Arctic Grayling, and conservation of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the Madison River drainage.
You gotta pick your days for fishing this time of year. Between the months of December, January, and February, days with highs in the 30’s, combined with calm winds are few and far between. When we do have days with those conditions, you’ve got to jump on your opportunity to fish. For me, I like to watch the overnight low temps. If there’s a streak of two or three days with overnight lows in the 20s or 30s, fishing can be surprisingly fun in the dead of winter.