Fishing Reports

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Missouri River - April 15th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
I spent the past two days on the water. On April 14, we had a warm sunny day. The river flows were also increased as several additional gates on Holter Dam were opened bumping the flows up to 8400 cfs. Fishing was great in the morning, but then slowed down a bit in the afternoon as the increased flows mixed in lots of debris from the edges. On Tuesday, the flows were stable and the water also hit the magic 42 degree mark. While we did not light them up on baetis, we did catch a few fish on the Green Machine, one of my favorite slender spring baetis patterns. It was also amazing to see how much stronger the fish seemed from the day before. We saw backing and had some hard battles. It is amazing what one little degree can do. Over the two days, we caught fish on the Green Machine, Micro May, Pink Soft Hackle Sow, Gray FB Ray Charles, Pink Ray Charles, Zebra Midge, Red and Orange SJ worms and the Oncorhynchus Omelet. If we had fished more flies, we probably would have caught fish on more flies. Never even got to the Czech Nymph or Pink Amex. Maybe on the the next float.

Tight Lines,

Fred Telleen
 
Missouri River - March 22nd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 38 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I fished on Thursday, before this recent cold front came in.  This morning we are back in the teens and the ground is covered in snow. But, my Missouri River fishing report for the first day of spring is very favorable. My overall rating is good, based on the weather.  The fishing was better than good. The wind at times was brutal, but it is March and the fish want to eat. The weather will dictate how good the day is percieved.  I fished streamers on a 4wt switch rod and was very happy with the results. Stop in the shop if you want to see what we are swinging.

Reports from other anglers are varied, but everyone is happy to be on the water when the weather is fair. Hopefully we will see more fair weather soon!





 
Missouri River - March 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
 After a long spell of non-angling, I finally got out on Friday.  My very first swing was chomped by a fat rainbow.  Many followed.  It was just the kind of morning that makes you get a big grin and it kind of sticks for awhile.

Small leechy and minnow stuff worked well. Mason's Houdini, a white Wooly Bugger and a little Foxxy Clouser got plenty of eats.

About 10am, the fish got busy midging, but I was having so much fun with my 4wt switch rod, that I stubbornly kept swinging.  Still got enough action to stay happy.

Prickly Pear, all the small creeks and the Dearborn River were blowing mud after the quick thaw.  The Dearborn really blew up and out on Thursday.  Fishing up high was the ticket on Friday, but waters will clear and the fishing will spread back out this coming week.  A little color can be good for streamers...

Fred Telleen

 
Missouri River - March 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • 46 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

March In and Go Fly Fishing

We have had a see saw of wicked cold interspersed with extremely high Chinook winds the last two months.  Not much fishing going on this winter.  March will change that.  March can be a great month.  Ice should be moving out soon.  Water and air temps will warm.  The wind will often blow, but there are always times and places to find happy fishing moments. The days are growing longer and that alone gets critters more active and provides us with more time to get on the water.

Anglers are getting out this week. Lots of fire bead scuds and sows have been going out the door.  Pink and Purple Lightning Bugs are solid. Buggers and soft hackles have been popular with the swingers and should start to produce more fish soon.  Midges are going to pop this month.  Those little 18-20 Zebra things are always a good bet.  Tiny soft hackle emergers are worthy later in the morning.  Dries and Buzz Balls will be getting it done on top very soon.  Make sure to have that light rod rigged and ready with a fresh 6x leader.

Fred Telleen

 
Lake Pend Oreille - November 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 28 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 With the Fall K&K derby underway, I have some current rankings.  The Derby will continue until Dec. 1st.  Here are the current standings for the Rainbow Division.  Water temps are in the low 40's but there are still lots of fish around.
1st Wind Grayghost - Weight: 23.54lbs. - Length: 36"
2nd Keith Moore - Weight: 23.48lbs. - Length: 34.25"
3rd Kameron Roslak - Weight: 17.78lbs. - Length: 32"
4th Al Fausone - Weight: 17.70lbs. - Length: 32 "
 
Missouri River - October 27th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
 Lots of people on the water again today.  Still saw lots of people catching fish on nymphs.  Today was a weird day as it came in like a lamb and out like a lion... I think the weather is on its way for sure now.  Streamer fishing was slower today and less fish were looking up but that could be because the cold front is moving in.  We'll see what tomorrow brings...