Recommend floats on Madison, Yellowstone, Clark Fork?

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  1. David Holmes

    David Holmes Formerly known as "capmblade"

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    Hey, long time no see! This used to be my favorite site on the internet from about 2002-2010! I moved to Colorado so haven't even logged on in over a year. Anyway, need some quick advice.

    This week I have about 5 days to leisurely drive from Denver north to Seattle. I would like to stop and drift one or two of America's most mythical rivers along the way.

    Can anyone recommend some good stretches to float (with a guide) for the Madison, the Yellowstone and the Clark Fork? 1-day only floats.

    Thanks guys
     
  2. Rob Allen

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    Madison River Fishing company for the guide and do what portion of the river is fishing best, your guide will know...
     
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    McConnell to Joe Brown on the Yellowstone was fun a few weeks ago.
     
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    Float the Yellowstone with a guide from the Rivers Edge in Bozeman. The Madison and Clark Fork may be getting too warm but ask the shop.
     
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    Lower Madison (from Ennis Lake on down) and a good chunk of the Clark Fork are under Hoot Owl restrictions, closed from 2PM-Midnight:

    http://fwp.mt.gov/news/drought/waterClosure.html

    They've been pulsing flows out of Hebgen to cool the lower Madison down; when I fished the wade section below Quake Lake a week ago it was at 1200 fps, now its down around 900; might be a little boney below West Fork but the hopper fishing should be picking up.

    Check with Parks flyshop in Gardiner, or any of the ones in Livingston for info on the Yellowstone.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    I believe that some of the whole rivers are now closed down. You will have to go to FWP in Montana for the latest info.
     
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    If it's not closed, Palisades to Varney Bridge just out of Ennis is a great float!
     
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    David, doesn't matter if ya moved to CO! This should still be in your favorites :D Good to see ya, bud. Looking forward to your next Seattle visit.
     
  9. David Holmes

    David Holmes Formerly known as "capmblade"

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    For the record, I took scottr's advice and have booked a Yellowstone float out of Bozeman. I will let you know how it goes!
     
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    Nice, do you know which guide you're floating with?

    My brother-in-law and his wife floated Mares Landing to the Pig Farm at the beginning of August. She got a 22" brown with a 12" girth. He got a 19" rainbow and 18" brown amongst others. Hope you have a similar day!

    BTW, If you have time and can afford it, a day on one of the spring creeks would be a great addition to your trip.
     
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    Not sure if he is still guiding, but Howard Thompson in Ennis, Mt is very knowledgeable and can give you a great float on the Madison. I last went out with him around 12 years ago, but his website indicates that he is still in business.

    and btw, the black-bottom cupcakes his wife bakes for the provided lunch are to die for!!

    EDIT: see that you have already completed the trip. Sounds like a great time!


    http://www.thompsonsangling.com/
     

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