Well the weather has been rather frigid this past month with temperatures getting down to -50 degrees. But on the good side we've been getting tons of snow. I've seen some reports that our snowpack is close to 100% already. That should give us some good water for next summer and help keep the fishing great all summer.
Even with the cold temps and snow we are still finding some decent days to get out and fly fish. These type of days help give us a chance to get out of the fly shop and enjoy ourselves on the Madison River.
If you're unprepared for winter fishing, or are just due for a new jacket- check out our on-line store, we currently have sales going on Simms/Patagonia waders, boots and jackets through through the holiday season.
MRO is currently in a deep freeze weather wise but are underway booking guided fly fishing trips for Spring, Summer & Fall of 2017. If you haven’t already booked your guided fly fishing trip, now is the time to do it. Our prime months are beginning to fill up, but it’s not too late to get your reservation.
Currently the fly shop is closed but someone is usually around to help you with any questions or book a 2017 Guide Trip for you.. Don't hesitate to call 406-646-9644or email trout@madisonriveroutfitters.
The On-line Fly Shop is open 24/7 throughout the winter months.
The temperature looks like it's going to dip below 20 degrees the next couple days but should be back up into the 20's by Sunday with sunshine. You may see a stretch of a couple days that may be worth your time to get out and fish the Upper Madison River.
We've been having good luck fishing nymphs. On top the the fish seemed to prefer #10-12 Biot Golden Stones and #8-10 Black Sili Legs. As droppers the choice was #18 Black Zebra Midges, #18 Frenchies and #18 Black & Red Crystal Dips.
Also the other day we saw a good midge hatch with lots of risers in the slow alleys. For the dry fly hatches try using #18 to #20 Black Midges and Griffiths Gnats.
Also don't overlook chucking out some streamers this time of year. There are still some big hungry trout out there looking for a big meal.
I haven't gotten a report lately about the Gallatin River. But with the temps getting back into the 20's this weekend I may have to head downstream and try some nymph fishing on the Gallatin.
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