Top 10 reasons to fish in Montana this spring


“Ya, on Saturday, ya, I’m gonna need to you to come on in”..Sorry boss, I’m fishing in MT.

10. A warmer than normal Feb and March has brought fish out of deep water and into fishy runs….about 4 weeks earlier than normal.  Think brown trout on the banks in shallow water waiting for bait fish or midges.

9.  Too cold? Buck up, wear some layers, bring some coffee. Ever heard of hand warmers?  Can you cast a fly rod in your office? Maybe if you have a yarn-rod……but there is nothing to pull on the end of that rod.

8.  Less anglers means less pressure……come out during the week for the river to yourself.

7.  Thus far, the angling in 2010 has been pretty damn good.  Why not try it?

6.  Cheap lodging…….come find out.

5. $300 guide trips…….yes really…..that’s a 150 bucks off!

4. Tax season is almost over……you deserve it….

3.  Another beach vacation?  Come on, haven’t you read enough books this winter?

2.  Gentlemen’s hours on the river.   Sleep in, fish late.  Repeat…..there are 13 hours and 45 minutes of light during the day and it getting’s longer by 7 minutes every day.

1. The trout are hungry and a bit dumb….don’t wait……come now….or in a week….or in a month……but come to Montana.  Your wife will love you more when you return. 

Varney to Burnt Tree


working it deep.

We rolled out of West Yellowstone around 10 am and had a beautiful drive through the Madison Valley.  Windows down, coffee in hand and drift boat in tow. We saw four eagles, more elk and two large herds of antelope. We showed up to Varney and there were 5 boats  and a 4 pontoons already in the water. Not too many boats, but we were hoping for less.  Avoiding the weekends is a good idea if you want to eliminate some of the boat traffic. This was by far the earliest we have ever floated the Madison River above Ennis in a driftboat. Most years, it is too snowy and cold to float before April.  Not to mention the snow on the boat ramps that makes it a bit hard on getting a boat out.  NOT THIS YEAR.


This one at a #6 Rubber-leg stonefly.

We fished hard out of the boat, but there were areas that fished better if we got out to wade.  We could tell if someone had fished the run before us.  Instead of hooking 4 or 5 per hole, we would only get one or none. There were midges coming off, but not much eating them on this windy day.  We checked several side channels, saw a small fish rise, but didn’t feel like changing flies.  Should’a, could’a, would’a…..didn’t.

There are trout eating flies and if you work at, they will eat them more often.  Stoneflies, SJWs, flies with pink them…..egg patterns, midges, etc. We found fish on the banks in the green buckets, but not everytime.  We found browns mid river behind rocks and rainbows in the seems of islands down deep.  Quality mending is key……and setting the hook on the slightest of takes was important.  If the bobber slowed up in deep water, we set the hook.  Trout don’t move too far in cold water to eat your fly.  SET THE HOOK.

Floater’s note: While there is fishy water below 8 mile, the river is a bit low (704 cfs) to float down there.  Watch out for those gravel bars!


Nice one Mic!

Spring Angling Bonanza!!!

Do you have cabin fever?  Are you tired of watching those fishing shows on TV? Your team not make the Big Dance? Then get off your ass and come to Montana.  The fishing has been wonderful throughout the entire state.  Trout are rising, eating streamers and nymphs earlier this year due to a milder winter and spring-like weather. Come join the fun. 

 Big Sky Anglers is offering a SUPER DEAL on guided fishing trips the Spring.  From now until April 30 you can get a full day guided fishing trip for $325. 325 BUCKS! IF you book two or more days, we’ll give them to you for $300 a piece.  Now that’s a deal worthing taking.  Call or email us for more information on rivers, dates and weather reports. 


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