Driftin' & Dreamin' Fly Fishing Blog

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?

2015 Annual FWP Madison River Report

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. 

Slough Creek Pack Trip - August 2015

Where: Slough Creek - Yellowstone National Park
When: August 14-17, 2015
Who: Tim Beardsley, Outfitter - Adventures Outfitting along with 8 guests: 4 Dads and their 11 yr old children
Best Gear: 3, 4, & 5wt rods, Patagonia Sweet Pack Vest, Simms Wading Sandals, YETI Hopper (for the beer), Scott Radian 9’ 4wt rod. SA
Best Fly Patterns: #12 Morrish Hopper, #14 Cinnamon Para-Ant, #16 Black Yaeger’s 409, #14 Grey Drake Spinner, #16 Quigley’s Crippled PMD Emerger

Moods of the Madison

As the tittle of this post would suggest, the Madison has been quite moody as of late.  Our famed hatches have started to dissipate and it feels that we are in the transitional stage from bug season to fur and terrestrial season. Our slower fishing has come throughout the mid day stretches with some sporadic to great action in the morning and evening hours. Though this consistency of fishing is normal for this time of year, it seems that after the hustle and bustle of "The 4th" the trout tend to take break from the all of the action. But they will soon be back! The weather conditions have been ideal around the valley to say the least. We have been seeing much cooler temperatures in the day which has been keeping water temperature cool and the trout healthy.

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