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Peter McSweeny with a solid streamer eater... Photo: John Bond

We know we have mud coming from Yellowstone National Park, so way up high is risky today (since you’ll likely get caught by mud).   6 mile has made things a little muddy mid Valley as well, although the river looks clear at Mill Creek.  Below town is good to go, however hoot owl restrictions still apply below Carter’s.  It looks like tomorrow we’ll be looking to fish the Madison, or depending how fast the plug comes floating way down low on the Yellowstone… Call us for updated info 406-222-7130.

Doubled up! Photo: Steven Winkels

The recent clouds and rain dropped water temps the past two days and the fish have responded well to it.  Afternoon temps are still on the hotter side however, (last night the hottest water temp was 67 degrees at Carter’s bridge) so we are still recommending an early start, no matter what section you choose to float.

Jed and Robert - "Major" League time... Photo: Ole' James

Hoppers have been the ticket in the faster riffles and runs.   If you are going for a larger fish try fishing a single hopper with no dropper.  This removes any micro-drag that your rubber leg or beadhead dropper might add to it, plus it enables you to twitch your hopper better.  For more fish adding a dropper is definitely the way to go.  A size 8 rubber leg or any size 16 beadhead of your choice should do the trick.

Steven Winkels release a hopper eater... Photo: Steve Miller