Monster Lake is fishing well to midges and leeches now. We even had some bigger browns gulping Callibaetis dries, even though we have not seen those emerging yet. Fun! The trout have been taking leech patterns and chironomid pupa along the banks. Fishing doesn’t get any better than Monster Lake. Big Browns, rainbows, cutthroat, brook and tiger trout. Water temps are in the mid to high 40’s. Six weight and heavier fly rods are mandatory, as are leader and tippet – 1x or heavier! All flies are to be barbless. Callibaetis are hatching!! I know this sounds weird for this time of year but... View Article
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Luce and Hogan have been fishing well since ice left. The fishing is getting better every day as we see warmer ambient temps and more sunshine. Rains are forecast for the weekend, so check the road conditions before driving into these two lakes. There is a new boat launch and campsites at Hogan if wanting to spend more time at these two lakes. Flies: Buggers and leeches of various colors. Chironimids, Ice cream cones, pheasant tails, hares ear, bow-tie midges, Griffiths gnat, FRM midges.
East and West Newton are fishing great. East Newton Lake has been fishing best. The trout haven’t gotten their PhD’s in fly patterns yet and can be fooled with ease by the fly patterns listed below. Water temps are warming too, which is increasing trout feeding activity. Still a bit cold for sitting in a float tube all day. Make sure you insulate feet and lower body well if in a float tube or pontoon boat. Flies: Buggers and leeches of various colors. Chironimids (midges), Ice cream cones, pheasant tails, hares ear, bow-tie midges, Griffiths gnat, FRM red or black, gray... View Article
Open water on both lakes now. The lower lake is still mostly frozen. Warm weather yesterday might have changed the ice quality. We recommend caution if venturing on the ice now. Water temps are in the 30’s. The trout are cruising the edges where the water is open. Leeches, baby crayfish and streamer patterns are taking splake, Yellowstone cutthroat and tiger trout in lower lake. The upper lake has been fishing good using midge pupae patterns and bead head nymphs for the Yellowstone cutthroat in the upper lake. Streamers are best fished with a sink-tip, intermediate or full sink fly... View Article