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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.

"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.

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