If you are looking to escape this holiday season a trip over to the Bighorn is a great option this time of the year. Nymph fishing with small tailwater patterns are always a good option on this river and the streamer fishing can be quite a surprising option this time of the year as well. If you have to get out and fish and have a couple of days this could be the place!
Montana Fishing Report
The extreme cold of the past week has left the Gallatin a rather dangerous place to fish at the moment. Ice jams and the threat of flooding water have made it unfishable until things warm up a bit and the ice subsides.
he Lower Madison has been another good winter option the past few days from the reports we have been getting. The river is fishing in winter mode at this time with nymphing being the best option. A San Juan worm with a egg or other small fly behind it being a good rig. Later in the week they are predicting extreme cold temps so be on the lookout for slush ice in the river which will make fishing tough.
Our recent cold snap seems to have ended for the moment, but it has left most of our bigger rivers full of ice. The spring creeks however remain ice free and with the overcast weather predicted today and this week, the fishing should pick up. There are a ton of fish in the creeks right now and with the winter rates in place, they are the perfect place to get your winter fishing fix.
The Upper Madison could be a good option for those brave souls who are into the winter fishing expierence! Between the lakes and up high around 3 Dollar Bridge are great winter fishing locales if the weather is tolerable. Midge fishing can be productive up there and if you are looking for a hatch this time of the year. The next few days have temps predicted in the sub zero range so you might have to wait a few days to give it a try up there though!
We have not been fishing the Stone as much as the other rivers lately due to weather conditions. Last week there was quite a bit slush ice in the river and then when it warmed up the wind was quite bad. If you are set on going to the Stone try midges or eggs in the softer water as the fish are not in the faster water at this time of they year. As with the other local rivers the coming sub zero temps this week could put lots of ice in the river.