Sorry for the lack of fishing reports over the last two weeks, but we have some good excuses (with pictures to show for it). Trey and I went down to the Clearwater River in NW Idaho to do some fishing with our buddy Steve Mock. Steve is our head guide at the Slide Inn, but he moves his guiding operation from trout to Steelhead after October 1st. He taught both Trey and I to swing flies with spey rods a couple of years ago, and it has really started to pay off. The season is still in full swing (pun [...]
Make sure to turn up your speakers around the 5:30 mark, and grab some barely legals...
October 15, 2011 Olive Boogie Man Both the Olive and Black Boogie Man have been taking some really nice browns and rainbows out of the Upper Madison these past few weeks. Try one on your home waters...you might find some fish out there that you never knew existed.
Madison River Dam: 1,140 cfs Kirby: 1,240 cfs Varney: 1,410 Fall fishing is in full swing on the Madison, and the time of extremes is finally upon us...That is to say, you're either going to be throwing #18-22 nymphs and dries out there or ripping larger streamers...there's really not too much in between. The wade section has been a little more finicky this week than we're used to. Generally speaking, you can nymph 'em up on #18-20 baetis nymphs and midges until the emergence occurs (usually between 11:00 and 1:00) and then start throwing BWO duns and small barr's emergers [...]
Another rod series developed by Kelly and St. Croix, The High Stick Drifter is designed specifically for todays advanced nymph fishing methods. "I built this rod to fish the way we fish nymphs! I didn't copy some euro nymph stick... I designed it to high stick and nymph with a two-fly rig, lead, and an indicator -- The way most of us really fish. Don't use indicators? Great! It will be that much faster for you. Want to Czech it? Great! I think you will find it performs perfect for that too. The point is that this rod is designed [...]
Madison River Dam: 1,160 cfs Kirby: 1,290 cfs Varney: 1,440 cfs It took a while, but Fall has finally descended upon SW Montana, and baetis and midges have begun to break through the meniscus of the Upper Madison. The wade section was a little finicky when the first front moved in two days ago, but things have definitely picked up as a low-pressure system continues to hold. Nymphing small midges and baetis nymphs in the morning has been the way to go until the BWOs start to pop (generally between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.), and we have seen fish [...]