All the locals I have run into lately are talking about it.  The elk are thinking about it as well….so are the brown trout and the white fish.

Fall is in the air.

Yes, it’s only August 11, but in these parts, summer is rapidly approaching it’s end.  Don’t worry, there will be plenty of summer like days ahead in the Rocky Mountains, but whether you like it or not, Fall is coming.  There are trees and bushes starting to show some color, the days are getting shorter.  I have woke to ice in the drift boat several times this past week.  I have NOT heard an elk bugle just yet, but I thought I heard one yesterday morning, which reminded me of a tree stand which needs to be moved to a new location as archery season is almost three weeks away.  September and October, on the Madison, offer some of greatest fishing opportunities.   If you keep your options open, and are willing to fish dries, nymphs and streamers, you can have some great days on the river.


On another note

2013 has been the busiest season for Big Sky Anglers to date.  As the owner/outfitter/guide, I would to give a mid-season “Thank You” to all those who trust in BSA and come fishing with us.  We truly love what we do and without folks like you, we could not exist.  Thanks to all of you who have come out to fish the Madison, Missouri, Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park – you are the BEST.  Bookings for 2014 are coming in already……are you fishing Montana in 2014?


Fishing Report: 08.11.2013

The Madison has been a little inconsistent, but honestly, the fishing has been pretty darn good this season with all things considered.  therre are still some fishing willing to eat the nocturnal stone fly and when the moths drops from the evergreen trees, the fish are paying attention.  The daytime river temps are getting a little warm, but luckily the cold over night temps are keeping the fish happy.   We have yet to see a real flight of honey ants, but any day now these will emerge from the ground to recolonize.  When this happens, all the big trout come up for a taste of the ants.  If you are lucky enough to be on the Madison when this happens, you will never forget it.  Some of the biggest trout of the year are looking up when this hatch occurs.

YNP is fishing, but some of the rivers in the northeast corner are getting low and a bit warm.  Fishing these rivers early and late is the name of the game.  Walking a little further than the rest of the anglers will reward you as well.  Cover as much water as possible and once you start catching fish, SLOW DOWN, there are more.