May 3, 2022. From the Outhouse to the Penthouse.

UPDATE: 5/6/2022 Good News! Rain, snow, water…we went from bone dry to juicy in two weeks. SW Montana snowpack close to normal…much of the state is ABOVE normal. Flows are increasing at Hebgen Dam. The Madison River is rising, and the trout are happy....

April 2…2022…Deep Purple.

Hard charging rainbow in deep spawning colors…pulling hard. Caught on O-Leech home-tie with hot pink head. Five pounder! Sage 590 RPL+…Ross Cimarron II…RIO Gold WF5F

Springtime Snowpack, Water Report.

We are 74% of normal…not good. March was a dud for moisture. Release flow at Hebgen is 565cfs…very weak…desperately trying to get Hebgen filled. Canyon Ferry Res. currently 68% of capacity. Willow Ck. (Harrison Lake) 79% of capacity. We are running...

Feb. 2022…Twenty Below Zero.

Bitter cold temps have gorged the Madison upstream almost to Varney* and the ice is piling up. Here are two shots from yesterday, Feb. 23. Varney still open as of 2/25. Boat ramp at Burnt Tree Hole fishing access. Boat ramp at Eight Mile Ford fishing access. Eight...

Winter at the Railroad Ranch.

No chucking salmon flies at large rainbows in the Box Canyon over Memorial Day weekend. No wall-to-wall humans wallowing through the green drakes and spooking bank sippers in June. No night stalking the brown drakes in July. It’s winter on the Henry’s...