Photos and Story: Spring Bonanza on the Madison River

Written by: Dan Larson, Madison Valley Ranch


Water levels were ideal for spring fishing in the Channels of the Madison.
Photo by Tom Olivo

A couple weeks ago, some Montana friends and I were wade-fishing the Channels of the Madison River right behind the Madison Valley Ranch. With the epic winter snowpack and cool spring . . .

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Pro Tips: Mother’s Day Caddis on the Yellowstone

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


A caddisfly blizzard on the Yellowstone is something to behold.
Photo courtesy Montana Angler

The Mother’s Day caddis is a legendary hatch, and one of my personal favorites of the entire year on the Yellowstone in southwestern Montana. There can be a literal blizzard of caddisflies in. . .

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“Alas, the Bighorn,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply sits on the bank, waiting for his turn to cast to rising browns.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

Andy and I made our first Montana Trout odyssey in the summer of ’87. It took us from the South Fork of the Snake to the Henrys Fork to the Box Canyon to Hebgen Lake to the Madison to the . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: How to Fish High, Off-Color Water

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.


Gerry shows off one of many trout that fell for a jigged nymph during high water.
Photo by Tim Linehan

In the spring, daily conditions can change dramatically. Wednesday it’s cool, overcast, and the river is in great shape. Thursday you show up at the boat ramp to find that thunder storms in. . .

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Podcast: An Excellent Introduction to Drift Boats, with Hilary Hutcheson


Hilary Hutcheson shares her driftboat with daughters Ella and Delaney, and she gets to fish.
Photo via Facebook

I frequently get requests for a podcast about drift boats, and although I enjoy rowing one, most people don’t let me row their boat unless they are really desperate. So I called on an expert, . . .

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Video: Proper Female Fishing Etiquette

Some filmmakers are not afraid to focus on the tough issues facing the world of fly fishing. In this great video, Joe Cummings of Missoula River Lodge takes a hard look at how female anglers should behave when they are on the water. What do you think? Did he get it right?

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Classic Story: Reading Between the Lines


Former colleague Eric Rickstad with a nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana.
Photo by Phil Monahan

A few years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking . . .

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Top 10 Early-Spring Patterns for Montana Trout

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Here’s a gorgeous early-spring rainbow from a Southwestern Montana river.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

While we are still a couple months from spring, sometimes those El Nino-fueled winds bring warm days to the river, and the fishermen start to wake up. Good fishing can be found across much of . .

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