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....

Yesterdays’ Bones

Photo by Capt. Randy Brown I was lucky to fish the Fl. Keys when it was still good. Before the water turned bad…before the jet-skis blew up the flats…before everybody who had a driver’s license also owned a flats skiff. It’s hard to explain...

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

SE Arizona Desert Bird Report., March, 2022.

We toured and trekked and tromped all over…saw some very cool birds…found some really nice spots: Lee’s Ferry, Catalina SP, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Mt. Lemon Hwy., Patagonia Lake SP, Wilcox, Chiricahua Mtns. Rodeo, NM, Cave Ck/Portal, AZ. Bird...

Condor Update…March, 2022.

We revisited the California condor restocking area at Vermillion Cliffs near Marble Canyon, AZ. Facing extinction with less than 20 birds alive in the US in the 1980s, a painstaking and methodical restocking program by USFWS and others has brought their numbers back...

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...

Geeking Out with Goldeneyes

In wintertime around the Madison you might see and hear black and white fighter jets whizzing by in formation over the river with a whistle and a whoosh…goldeneyes. But wait. We have two species of goldeneyes around these parts. Common and Barrow’s. Which...

The Walleye Belt

This is where I grew up…The Walleye Belt…east side of Cleveland to be exact…the Village of Mayfield to be more exact. But it wasn’t the Walleye Belt back then. More like the Pollution Belt. Growing up in NE Ohio in the 50s and 60s, Lake Erie...