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When is Montana fishing not good? The answer is never assuming we are talking about May -October. With so many options or rather modes of fishing available, it all depends on what the guest is after and Montana can deliver. If it is big native trout you are after there are places for that. If it is scenery you want, Yellowstone always delivers. If it dry fly fishing to slurping trout, it can be found. Maybe you are after a unique experience, one that requires you to challenge your skills, technique and patience to the fullest, we even know places like that. It could be that its your first time visiting Montana and you are after the ambiance and knowledge of the area more than you want to catch fish, Eyes on the Fly will do all that we can to make your trip the best it can be and design the trip around your objective.... never ours!

 

Yellowstone National Park fished well again this year with all of our secret spots producing nice fish and a lot of them. The Firehole, Gibbon and Madison Rivers were fantastic once again in the early part of the season and offered our guests the unique opportunity to dry fly fish among the Bison and thermal features while Lamar Valley and all the water that weaves throughout this Northeast region gave us all the native cutthroat we could handle. When you add in the ambiance, the wildlife, the ruggedness and the raw beauty of Yellowstone its hard to go wrong. Stone flies, Mayflies, Caddis and salmon fly imitations always work well on the waters inside the park as attracting patterns fished dry while dropper patterns like pheasant tails, caddis pupa, stonelfly nymphs and mayfly imitations still in their shucks are fished subsurface.   If no rises are noticed on the rivers, which is very seldom in Yellowstone, then its time to drop a couple of sinking nymphs under an indicator as this is a better approach to increase more action.  

 

Aside from Yellowstone, we had the chance to fish multiple rivers outside the park this year via drift boat and had plenty of fast action with the Yellowstone River inside Paradise Valley and Yankee Jim Canyon producing the most fish. Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River is home to big fish, lots of them and unimaginable scenery if you've never been. Let Eyes on the Fly know you have intentions of fishing this water beforehand and we will set up your parties lodging at Chico Hot Springs where you can enjoy 5 star award winning food while night capping with a soak in 96 degree pools that have a walk up bar a few feet away.  

 

The Big Hole, Madison, Jefferson, Gallatin and Missouri Rivers, all only an hour or so drive away from Bozeman, MT, and also produced good fishing this year. These rivers are more accessible via drift boats but also available to drive to and wade.  Its hard to beat up one river over the other as they all have different techniques needed to catch numbers but they all produced and as long as nothing illegal is introduced to these waters, the fishing should be spectacular for many years to come! 

 

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