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Winter Returns!

March 1st, 2015

Brr! This last week has been quite the contrast to the almost T-shirt weather we had earlier in February. While fighting ice out of your guides and slush in the river can get annoying, there is still some decent winter fishing to be had. Cold temps will have the fish concentrated in the deep slow runs, so fish these spots diligently. Nymphing is probably most consistent, large bugs like Lex’s sexy stone in black size 6-8, pink and red San Juan’s, or large beadhead princes followed by a small midge larvae, lighting bug, or egg pattern is a great place to start. Streamers dredged deep and slow through big runs can also produce some good eats. As we edge toward spring and calmer overcast days, midge fishing on top will continue to improve, especially on the lower river.

Remember that the 2015 fishing season starts today, March 1, so make sure your re-up your license before hitting the water.
Closures on the upper also go into effect March 1. Downstream from Ennis Bridge to the lake, and upstream from McAtee Bridge to Quake Lake sections are closed until the 3rd Saturday in May. Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2015 fishing regulations, and call or stop in the shop with any questions regarding river closures.

-March 1, 2015 River Flows-
Hebgen Outflow 813 cfs
Kirby-WestFork Bridge 860 cfs
Beartrap Canyon 1,290 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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