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Apologies once again to those of you who rely on relatively regular updates of this report for your Montana, Madison Valley fix. My muse froze solid a couple weeks ago and is just now beginning to thaw slightly.
It’s been quite a weather roller coaster here for the past couple weeks (what’s new?) Currently we’re in the middle of a bit of a heat wave…it’s been in the low to mid 40s here for several days now. A week ago we endured a bit of an early cold snap…didn’t see positive temps for quite a few days. We touched 30 below here in town one or two nights…that’s a 70 degree temperature swing in a little over two weeks! Fairly extreme even for here. Didn’t get much fishing done but a few of us have ventured out in the past days. It’s been about what you’d expect…get out for a couple hours, break your way through the bank-ice, find a deep, green hole, nymph up a handful and then head for the bar or the wood stove and fly tying vise. It’s not rocket science. A Girdle Bug or good sized Atomic Worm and a small pheasant Tail is about all you need. Plenty of weight and a bobber rounds out the rig. Make sure it’s ticking the bottom and make sure you’re giving your spots plenty of coverage. This is not summertime run and gun. You should figure that if you put yourself in a good spot with deeper, soft water and maybe some subsurface structure you can be fairly sure there’s a few fish present. With that in mind work it until you’re sure then make a few more casts. If you’re not hooking the bottom occasionally add more weight. You’ll need to literally hit em in the nose with the flies. The water’s cold (34 degrees at the moment)…they won’t move far to grab food but they will eat if given the opportunity.
Looks like we’re in for another dose of serious winter coming up here in the next day or two. Not as cold as last time but lots of wind and lots of snow. You may want to take a look at the longer-term forecast before you plan a day.
Stay tuned for continuing River updates!
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