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February 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report
What a great past couple days on the creeks!  Sun, sun, and more sun!  And a few days without the wind that tears your eyes, and pulls water off the surface!  Sure makes a difference!  And with off-season winter rates of $40/angler who cares if the catching isn't spot on?  Just being on the water and relaxing in the warmth has been very enjoyable.  On the creeks-  the consistent water temps spell out that there's always some bug life hatching.  Midge pupa are the be mainstay, but look for slim baeits nymph patterns as well as scuds and possibly leeches as other possibilities to dead drift with. There have been a few reports of blue winged olives (baetis) seen and eaten on the creeks.  We are a little ways away however from consistently good dry fly baetis fishing.  While plying the creeks, it's a good idea to utilize longer leaders and lighter tippets than the ones fished on the bigger rivers. It is the norm here on the creeks, so be prepared for 5 6 and maybe even 7x. Fishing has been best late morining until mid to late afternoon. The forcast is calling for something of a return to winter late in the weekend to early next week so get out there and enjoy it now!

Recommended Flies:
Sidewinder midge pupa sz 20-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or olive
Skinny Nelson sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18-22
Rainbow Tan, Olive, Gray Scuds sz 14-18
Parachute Adams sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing emerger BWO sz 18-20

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February 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report
Been seeing a bunch of driftboats behind trucks and Subarus this week... Must be that "spring" has sprung.  For now anyway.  Lots of folks getting out and getting after it with teh warmth and sunshine!  We're hearing that the Lower Maddy has been good this week.  Fish up on midges in the right conditions which is cool.  Otherwise the fish are going to be in the "buckets" and the deeper runs.  Look for as much depth as you can find and off speed water.  If you've read the other reports, you'll see that this is a common characteristic of successful winter fishing!  Be consistent and slow with your fishing approach.  One good drift through is not nearly enough.   50 casts?? That's more like it.

Recommended Flies
Clouser Cray sz 8-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Wooly Bugger sz 2-8
San Juan worms in red, pink, purple, orange 6-10
Eggs in pink, orange, light yellow 10-14
Lightning Bug Pearl sz 16-20
FB Pheasant tail sz 12-16
Delekta's Little Spanker sz 16-20
Copper Softy sz 16-18
Psycho Prince sz 16-20
Parachute Adam sz 16-20
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-20


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February 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report
Sun, sun and more sun!  It's an awful lot like early summer out there!  Well, maybe not summer, but high 50s in Feb???  Lots of folks heading out to rid themselves of the "shack nasties"!  The Upper Maddy from "between the lakes" down through $3Dollar Bridge will be a good bet. You won't be alone however.   While you may start to find a few midging fish on the surface in the coming weeks, it's primarily a slow, deep nymphing game.  Midge pupa, small stoneflies, mayflies, san Juans, egg patterns will be the go-to rigs for quite some time yet.  Remember that the "Upper" closes from Lyons Bridge upstream at the end of Feb.
Recommended Flies
Pat's Rubberlegs, Blk/Brn, Brn sz 6-10
Tungsten Twenty-Incher stone sz 10-16
Mangy Caddis Pupa sz 14-16
Psycho Prince sz 14-18
Lightning bug sz 16-20
Serendipity sz 14-18
Flashback PT sz 16-20
McCunes Sculpin sz 4-8
Flash-a-Bugger sz 6-10
Sex Dungeon sz 2
Zonkers sz 4-8
Shelia's Sculpin sz 4


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February 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone River Fishing Report
Whoa!  Can you say spring in February??  Seriously warm over here this week.  Today is no exception.  However,  a bit of a change may be coming in by Sunday.  High sunny skies like today and forecasted for tomorrow while nice for getting out, may make the fishing just a touch harder than  what anglers may wish for.  It's bright out and the trout don't really like that!  However, Yellowstone river fishing will still be good.  We like winter fishing mostly in the areas below where the Paradise Spring Creeks come in.  The water is a touch warmer here and there's more "structure" to the river with big riffle corners dumping into deep and off speed runs that go for some distance.   If you find yourself without the seemingly ever present winter wind, nymphing the deeper runs that have good off-speed water, you should find the fish podded up pretty well.  Be slow and methodical with your presentations and you should find a bend to your rod fairly consistently. 

Recommended Flies
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16
Flashback PT sz 16-18
Copper Bob sz 14-18
San Juans in red, pink, flesh
Zebra Midge Black, Red sz 18
RS2 Olive sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger Olive sz 18-20


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February 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Gallatin River Fishing Report
Is it winter?  Or is it Spring?  Hard saying at the moment!  Very nice weather this week has lots of folks getting outside and on the water to try to alleviate that "shack nasties".  And fishing won't disappoint.  Ice jams that had been along the river earlier are all but totally gone.  With the warm weather, water temps have been on the rise.  However, focusing on the slow, off speed deep holding water and be very diligent are still very much the key to success.  The water is very cold and the fish will not move far to eat a fly.  That being said, winter fishing on the Gallatin can at times be outstanding!  Midge,  Baetis and small mayfly attractors nymphs as well as Pat's Rubberleg stoneflies in various colors, San Juans, and small egg paterns will be your best bets. Fishing has been best starting late morning into the afternoon. Look for cloudy conditions for the best fishing.

Recommended Flies

Parachute Adams sz 16-18
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-18
Sparkle Spinner BWO sz 18-22
3 Dollar Dip sz 16-20
Shop Vac sz 16-20
Short Wing Emerger BWO sz 16-20
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Lightning Bugs sz 16-18
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 10-14
Slumpbusters sz 8-10
Zonkers sz 4-8
McCunes Sculpin sz 6
JJ Special sz 6-10

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January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 34 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 01/13/2015
The Spring Creeks are always a perennial fav for this time of year. Off season winter rates of $40/angler and few other anglers make the spring creeks an inviting place to spend a winter's day.  With the consistent water temps and low ice factor, there's always some bug life hatching.  Midge pupa will the be mainstay but look for slim baeits nymph patterns as well as scuds and possibly leeches as other possibilities to dead drift with.   Longer leaders and lighter tippets than the ones used on the bigger rivers is a norm here on the creeks so be prepared for 5 6 and maybe even 7x. Fishing has been best late morining until mid to late afternoon. The forcast is calling for some continued snow showers but a slight warm up over the next couple of days so fishing sould be good!

Recommended Flies:
Sidewinder midge pupa sz 20-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or olive
Skinny Nelson sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18-22
Rainbow Tan, Olive, Gray Scuds sz 14-18
Parachute Adams sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing emerger BWO sz 18-20

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!