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Happy Thanksgiving from RBMF!
Fat Channels rainbow caught by Terry Lamplugh on his rubber legs home-tie…released alive.
Sept…2015. So here’s pretty much the view we had on today’s float trip in between the black clouds/lightning/hail/rain/north wind/south wind/chilly factor…did I mention it snowed a helluva lot in the hills?
Sept…2015…Excellent late day with Jim and Connie…25 trout on the Foamy Ant…we fished the Palisades stretch…the fish are looking for ants and by the looks of the weather report for the next several days they are going to get their wish! Watch for the flying ant hatch this week!
Aug. 26…2015. Major girth on this rainbow caught by Dennis Hall today on Cameron Flats.
Aug. 25…2015. Big ones today on the Little Red Fly…thanks Tom & Bob!
Aug. 24…2015. Good day on the Flats…thirteen rainbows to 19″ on the O-Leech and PTC nymph. Nice midge hatch AM then a good cally hatch mid-day. Still smoky. Water temps 62-66 degrees. No brown trout today.
Trophy crawdad…Madison Flats
Aug. 21…2015. Upper Madison flows and water temps…good news!
Raney’s 18″ rainbow on a dry fly…yo!
Photo bomb by Peaches…yo!
Where are we?…yo!
Focus, breathe deep, be the fish…yo!
hook: Mustad 94840 #12, #14
tail: blue dun hackle fibers splayed
body: Hairline gray dubbing
hackle: blue dun
wing: drake mallard flank feather (I use the E. Hille Wingcutter to form the wings)
Bill caught this 19″ rainbow on #20 Griffiths Gnat (trico)
photos by Randy Brown
Aug. 4…2015. Great day with long time client Steve Hobson and son Adam. Nice brown trout on the Fat Albert dry fly! We have fished the Florida Keys and Montana together!
Mike T….”I smell something”
Mike T…”You guys got any flies?”
RB…”I’m almost out”
Brandon…”I’ve got way too many”
Dirt…”I really don’t care”
Mike T…”Let’s go get a beer”
RB…”Fine with me”
Brandon…”I’ll sell you guys some flies”
Dirt…”Let’s go get a beer”
Mike T…”You got a dip?”
RB…”Nah, I quit”
Brandon…”I got one”
Dirt…”Let’s go get a beer”
Meeting adjourned…all problems solved…fish till you fall over.
July 30…2015. Sparky’s revenge! Good times with Sam and Kevin in Varney.
July…2015. Dodging rain and hail this afternoon…but we caught a few nice ones!
Nocturnal (mutant) stone fly shucks today above Varney.
Robert Mark…20″ brown on #20 Griffith Gnat dry fly
#20 Griffith Gnat
Nocturnal stone fly shucks…Madison River
Randy Brown, Jefferson R. below LaHood, Mt. 1977
July…2015. We caught fish on the dries early and wet flys just before noon. Flows still good…1090cfs @ West Fork today…water temp. 68 deg. @ 5pm. Keep it rolling.
paint brush near Ruby Cliffs
July 6…2015. We had a welcome cool front along with a pretty good rain/hail storm that came through while the US Women were stomping on Japan in the World Cup Final. Caught seven on the Flats this morning…five rainbows, two browns…the PTC nymph, the O-Leech and the dry fly all caught fish. Water cooler on the Flats…temps were 65 deg. south end, 70 deg. north shore.
Stay tuned for more reports!
July 5…2015. Dodging Bullets.
The heatwave is giving way to north wind and cooler temps for a while. The river has made it through some 100 degree air temp days but good flows have kept the water temps from boiling over into the danger zone.
Flows today: Hebgen Dam: 1020cfs, West Fork: 1230cfs, Varney 1460cfs. This is GOOD NEWS. These flows are close to a 76 year average which is outstanding. When Hebgen switches over to the new release system at the dam (have they switched over yet?)things should get even better.
We have a long (short?) hot summer yet to go, but we have made it through a rough patch. Thank you Northwestern Energy!
July 1…2015. Good again this morning…quite a few risers to midges, big callys and damsels. Six nice rainbows to 19″…water temps 72-77 deg. Now put on your dancin’ shoes and do The Damsel Fly Boogie! CLICK HERE
June 29…2015. Nice morning on the flats…a dozen trout on the fly…six bows, six browns…and broke a couple off! Hatches are good but not heavy yet…midges, callys, damsels…lots of risers but it will only get better. Water temps: 72-77 deg.
Watch video..nice rainbow from this morning…CLICK HERE
June 24…2015 Salmon fly hatch report.Hatch is still scattered from Varney upstream. Some very nice fish being taken on the big dry flies. Yesterday we found a hot bank that was loaded with the big bugs. We hooked four fish, had another half dozen come up and boil on the fly, and finished the run with a nice, fat nineteen inch rainbow. River is running clear with a good flow. We are headed for some possible record heat starting Saturday. Help the fish by releasing them fast and happy!
Paul Gulbas…salmon fly hatch rainbow
June 23…2015. Where’s the hatch? Salmon flies scattered this year. Fishing very good if you find the hot areas. Many other hatches mixed in…golden stones, large caddis, may flies heavy in spots. Get out there and have at it!
June 15…2015…Hebgen release flows cut in half…water temp. 60 deg. @ Varney…time for the big bugs…salmon flies whooshed through @ Big Hole R. and poof! Stay tuned.
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Kelly Bridge, Madison River
Big Hole River
May, 2015…Time for Montana Mushrooms!
Pictured above…two giant oyster mushrooms (pleurotus ostreatus). I found these growing out of the base of a downed cottonwood tree. Oysters are considered edible, choice mushrooms…great fresh with pasta or spaghetti sauce…or dry and freeze them. Tasty!
Artwork by Robert Szucs
Hungry Like A Wolf…Pioneer Bar…Virginia City, Mt.
Randy Brown photos
Jan. 1, 2015