Roosters Reports

Welcome to the newer, faster, shinier version of our website. Please have a look around and let us know if you see/feel/hear any drastic errors! Rooster may even have a prize for the person that finds the worst one.... you can email me direct at rooster@thestoneflyinn.com

And - as far as the fishing - around here things are really starting to look up, if you know what I mean. This is Big Hole River time, and yes there are a few Skwala's kicking around, if you know where to look.

We will be up and running full speed here in the next week or so, so check in when you pass through for a shuttle, flies, or to just shoot the breeze.

Here's to a great season.

Dan "Rooster" Leavens

January 6th, 2017

Happy New Year. Here's to more casts, and less tangles.

We are having a nice, cold as well diggers ankles type of winter. Most of you folks wouldn't even recognize this place. The freezer is full of venison, "Alot" of wild pheasants and my fly tying bench is a mess. As far as snow - we have some. We need more and even if we get it who knows what to expect! We will continue to do what we do - fish under any conditions. That's the great thing about this area as so many of you have come to realize. It's pretty rare that we can't find someplace good to chase these wild trout. That's my winter forecast.

We will be opening early this year - don't be afraid to inquire about March fishing, and get in early for April and May. Th...

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Happy New Year. Here's to more casts, and less tangles.We are having a nice, cold as well diggers ankles type of winter. Most of you folks wouldn't even recognize this place. The freezer is full of venison, "Alot" of wild pheasants and my fly tying bench is a mess. As far as snow - we have some. We need more and even if we get it who knows what to expect! We will continue to do what we do - fish under any conditions. That's the great thing about this area as so many of you have come to realize. It's pretty rare that we can't find someplace good to chase these wild trout. That's my winter forecast.We will be opening early this year - don't be afraid to inquire about March fishing, and get in early for April and May. Things are already sta...

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Happy New Year. Here's to more casts, and less tangles.

We are having a nice, cold as well diggers ankles type of winter. Most of you folks wouldn't even recognize this place. The freezer is full of venison, "Alot" of wild pheasants and my fly tying bench is a mess. As far as snow - we have some. We need more and even if we get it who knows what to expect! We will continue to do what we do - fish under any conditions. That's the great thing about this area as so many of you have come to realize. It's pretty rare that we can't find someplace good to chase these wild trout. That's my winter forecast.

We will be opening early this year - don't be afraid to inquire about March fishing, and get in early for April and May. Things are already s...

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The Big Hole is closed from F&G just above Melrose all the way to the confluence of the Beaverhead. When is the last time you cast tiny dries at dozens of rising fish? Maybe go look up above the little canyon...... just sayin'. The ENTIRE Jefferson is closed until further notice. The ENTIRE Yellowstone is closed due to a parasitic fish kill. Doom and Gloom. It's so awful. Oh my god. What are we going to do? Get creative. Use your brain, a gps, a story from the bar, anything. The Beaverhead is still fishing great - it is hopper time. The stillwaters, Clark Canyon and Ennis Lake are offering gulpers and good to great carp fishing. The entire Ruby is fishing well, as is the Madison. While clearly this is not THE BEST time to fish Montana, i...

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Who else loves huge pods of rising trout? If you love to see fish sip dries then you're in luck. We have started guiding on our state's still water fisheries that hold an abundance of trout willing to eat on top. Just be sure to ask about gulper fishing when you call and book. While the Jefferson has been caked with moss our other rivers such as the Big Hole and the Madison have been fishing well. The key to catching fish with these high temps is to be on the water early and fish hard until the takeout.

Jamie

The fishing (and the weather) have both been hot these past few days here in Montana. Hoot Owl restrictions keep fisherman off the water after 2pm on sections of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby and the entire Jefferson. Even with these warm temps, fishing has still been very good in the morning and when there is cloud cover. Good fish can be found nymphing with an occasional chance for some dry action in the mornings and evenings. Swing by the shop for some inside information on your next fishing excursion. Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.

Jamie

With temps reaching 90 degrees it's safe to say summer is in full swing here in Montana. With the hot weather the fishing has been best early in the morning or later in the evening. We have seen morning and evening hatches of drakes and caddis which give our anglers some surface action while the nymph bite has been best during the hot midday hours. Our guides have had productive days on the Big Hole, Madison, and Jefferson with some great wade fishing on the Ruby mixed in. The fishing has been good for anglers willing to get up early.

Tight Lines

Jamie

Rain. Snow. 80 degree weather then next day. It's all here in May. So is the great fishing. The Jefferson is looking good, but no one told the fish that yet. The Big Hole has lots and lots of different opportunities, some dry fly action, and the Beaverhead opens this Saturday. You just have to be a bit flexible, but it is very well worth the time of getting out right now!

Our Location

Stonefly Inn & Outfitters, Dan "Rooster" Leavens

409 N Main Street,

PO Box 428,

Twin Bridges, MT 59754

Phone. 406-684-5648

Email. info@thestoneflyinn.com