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 Gallatin has been a little hit or miss the past few days according to the reports we have been hearing. Colder temperatures can make the fishing a little tougher this time of the year and typically concentrating on the lower stretches of the river is the most productive areas. Small pink nymphs and a San Juan would be the best option at this time. As with the other local rivers the upcoming cold temperatures can produce quite a bit of ice in the river so check with us for a current report.
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.
There has been some great fishing over on the spring creeks in Paradise Valley the past few days. Most of the fishing has been below the surface with midges and small nymphs. The spring creeks are one of the most dependable winter fisheries in our area so get over and give them a try! All of the creeks are on their $40.00 rod fee for the winter.
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.