Blog posts in Random Musings

Madison Rec. Plan or Wreck Plan?

After the Madison Negotiated Rule Making Committee (NRC) disbanded back in May unable to agree and reach any consensus on how to manage recreational use on the Madison, things quieted down for a while and it was business as usual this season. However, just recently the sleeping dog has woken up again and it sure feels like there is more political pressure right now than ever for FWP to do something!! Current attempts to develop a recreation management plan for the Madison date back to 2010. 
 
Recently, two separate but basically identical petitions were submitted to the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission requesting that the FWP April 2018 Draft Management Plans “preferred alternative” be moved forward and adopted into rule for the 2020 season.

What Kind of Fly Fishermen are The 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates?


Do you ever wish we had a fly fishing President? With the 2016 Presidential Election looming on the horizon, it’s become apparent that none of the candidates are addressing their fly fishing experience. We here at Trout Stalkers are fed up with the absence of fly fishing as a key topic of discussion during the recent debates. We know it has been on all of your minds, so it’s time to clear things up. This guide is meant to define what type of fly fishermen (or woman) the current candidates are to help you make a more informed decision this November.

Keeping active in the winter

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?

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain."

With the much needed rain that SouthWest Montana has been getting recently, we've seen a signaficant spike in the the Madison River.  Flows are near 4,000 cfs at Varney Bridge and are giving the old girl a nice spring flush.  Here in Ennis the Madison River is big and brown-brown. That will move those fish to the banks to forage on all the stonefly nymphs in the drift.  Fishing these waters at this time of year can be as rewarding as it gets but you have to be willing get down and dirty! 0X tippet and a #4 Turd are the norm.  High-stick 'em through the big eddies and bank seams.