Spring Time at Hyalite – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Spring Time at Hyalite

The spring temperatures have finally melted the snow and removed the last of winter’s ice from hyalite reservoir allowing access to some really great spring fishing. This is my favorite time of year to fish hyalite as the spring rains and runoff have blanketed the canyon with a rich green backdrop. The contrast of the last remaining snow against the peaks, all played against an overcast background is worth the trip itself. The past three nights have provided some excellent fishing. The water is up, and the recent rainstorms have raised the waterline by the inlet.

Walking to the inlet from the road was reminiscent of the garbage compactor scene in star wars, wading knee deep through murky waters covered with a floating array of dead willow branches. Parts of my mind wondered what lurked below.

Once I arrived at the inlet, I waded out into the lake until I found a drop off. Pheasant tails, hairs ears, and small wooly buggers with a sinking tip caught most of my fish. Stripping very slowly, it would almost feel as if I snagged some grass on the bottom. In response, I would set the hook and the line would come alive with the vibration of a hooked fish. Each night I caught about a dozen fish, with the action slowing down last night most likely due to the temperature change. Thursday night brought a nice 16 inch grayling, all painted up from the spawn. I held him gently below the waterline, allowing his bright blue fin to shimmer in the water. I admired the beautiful fish for a moment before allowing him to disappear below the drop off in a swirl of fins and color.

The word is out and people are up and about, camping, boating and fishing; but there is plenty of action to go around. So get up there and enjoy the spring tapestry of hyalite reservoir and other lakes while our rivers are still muddy from the spring runoff. Also, a reminder to all fishermen, the creek above the inlet is closed until july 15th. Please read the signs and be courteous to the spawning fish.

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