September 14th – Fall is here

Just when you think you can't take another day of the heat, smoke and low water - Montana and mother nature deliver. We are expecting a winter storm this afternoon, which should deliver some snow to the high country, some water to the rivers and a much needed reprieve from the heat. Such is life in the Rocky Mountains, and more so life as an outfitter. This should mix up the fishing accordingly. The Trico's will be gone, only the toughest hoppers will survive and the fall streamer game will start to ramp up. I would expect we are still a few days from the Lower Big Hole opening - but you never know. The Jefferson has remained open throughout the season and fished remarkably well. The Madison & Ennis Lake complex has been steady fishing throughout the season and should only get better as the diets of the bigger [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Roosters Reports|0 Comments

AUGUST 30TH, 2017

It is hot. And smokey. The water is low. 2 rivers are still on “Hoot Owl” restrictions. Oh god, the doom and gloom. Let everyone think that. We have just had a couple weeks of the better dry fly fishing of the season – and personally I havent seen another angler in 17 days. Every few days the wind shifts and the smoke clears out. The willows are starting to turn red. The sandhill cranes are here and yes – fall is just about here. Our fish are eating hoppers, stoneflies, and of course the secret prince nymph. Walk wade fishing is good. Floating is even better. Evening floats on the Beaverhead have been great – as well as walking some of our lesser known spring creeks and mountain freestones. It’ll only be a few more days and the nights will be even cooler. The rivers will come up as [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Roosters Reports|2 Comments