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Winter means fly fishing with midge patterns. Here are my personal favorite midge nymphs to use on our Bozeman area waters. 1. Red D-Midge This lightweight midge patterns rocks the perfect profile and seems to be easy for trout to see. I use it on every river from the MO to the upper Gallatin. Works great for picky fish just below the surface when fished behind a dry fly. 2. Black Tube Midge The tube midge has a tungsten bead...

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November, 30 2021 1:47 PM. Word that Hebgen Dam has malfunctioned and volunteers are requested to save stranded fish reaches a trout bum sitting on his couch. Upon receiving this notification, said bum puts writing his sisters wedding ceremony to the side and tosses on his under wader clothing. Sends it to the Upper Madison to help return stranded fish to the main river by 2:10 PM. What Happened On Nov. 30th at 1 AM Hebgen Dam malfunctioned which caused...

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If you don't have a box full of fall nymphs, chances are that you are missing out on sticking some fish. Here are the best nymphs available for fishing around Southwest Montana this fall! Nymphing in the Fall is definitely the most effective method for catching fish. For some, watching a bobber may not seem as exciting as dry fly fishing or streamer fishing, but wailing on fish all day is hard to beat even if it has to be...

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For the quick, brief, down and dirty run down regarding what is going on around Montana keep reading. For detailed descriptions on our rivers check out our fishing reports. Cooling quickly here in Bozeman. Throughout the state too. This is good for fishing. Today felt very fishy. Yesterday felt almost as fishy. Winter storm starting tomorrow. Get ready for a wild ride and snow until Tuesday. Possibly a good bit of the white stuff. Waders are now...

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Southwest Montana is fly fishing well. In fact, it's fly fishing very well. It's cool, the water is cold and trout are happy. The only downside, it's still a bit smoky. But the late summer fishing resurgence has produced MEGA trout. Between fishing hoppers and the rapidly improving streamer fishing, time on the water in SW Montana has never been better. If you prefer to watch an indicator or tight line nymphing is your style, no need to fret,...

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Our summer had started to look bleak with a combination of high water temperatures, smoke, and low water flows but the recent rains and cool air have revitalized our season. Get ready for some really fun late summer and fall fishing here in Bozeman, Montana. Here is what to expect when fly fishing Bozeman area rivers in the weeks to come. With high temperatures below 80 degrees and plenty of possible thunderstorms in the extended forecast for Bozeman, it is...

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New River Restrictions The current heatwave we are experiencing requires new fishing regulations on many Southwest Montana rivers. Low flows and warm temps negatively affect fish health and angling pressure can further decrease the likelihood of fish surviving during hot water temps. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) released a new update regarding fish closures that go into effect as of July 21, 2021. FWP Update The restrictions include what are commonly known as “hoot owl” restrictions, which...

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The Yellowstone River has a great reputation as being one of the best rivers to float in the world. Sometimes it feels like almost everything a person reads about fishing the Yellowstone River involves a boat or a guided float trip. Many of us love the Yellowstone but think we have to rely on a good friend who doesn’t mind rowing for the majority of the day. For most sections of the river, that can be true. One exception...

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