Fishing Reports

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Yellowstone River - August 27th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 8/27/14
As long as there is fishable water the fishing has been great. Of course we are always watching if there is rain to see where the mud will be but it has been dry and hot the last few days. Even during the rain and cold the fish were on the bite. This warmer weather has brought the terrestrials back out and the fish know it! They have been eating hoppers, ants, and beetles very well. Watch for the nose bump and leave them in the water! There are also smaller mayflies out on the water that will get the fish eating. There has never been a better time to throw the dry fly and catch a number of fish!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
HOPPERS sz 8-14
Tyger Beetle sz 12-14
Black Magic sz 12
Fat Head Beetle sz 12-16
Meanie Bee sz 14
Stenersens CFO Ant sz 12-16
Ant Acid sz 12-16
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-14
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Olive Haze sz 10-12
Turck's Tarantula sz 12-16
Jimmy Zee sz 12-16
Wilcox's JC Special sz 12-16
Everything Stone sz 8-12
Unabomber sz 8-12
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 27th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/27/14
 The fishing in the park is still great! A few cold days and some rain put the rivers off but they are back and fish are hungry. Take a walk through the grass and you will see everything you need to know. Hoppers, ants and beetles in the northwest corner is the ticket if you find the right water. Look for the grassy cut banks, the cutthroats love to wait and ambush any terrestrial falling in. Small attractor mayflies will get fish rising with overcast skies. Still expect to see fellow angler's on the rivers for now and remember to use good river etiquette and the rule of sight if you can.

The Madison drainage water temperatures did drop for a few days when it was cold and rainy but the temps are back up in the high 60's to low 70's. Not a whole lot of fish will be eating in these streams until it cools down for good. We will keep watching those temps and getting ready for the fall!

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Madison River - Lower - August 27th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 8/27/14
The cooler weather helped the water temps drop significantly in the last few days. Latest reading was 62 degrees F. Good temps for fishing and the fish should start eating more readily.  Evenings and mornings are again the best time to be out there unless you get a good overcast day. Rubber legs, streamers, crayfish and buggers in fast water is key. Dropping a smaller nymph off of these bugs is also recommended. The hopper bite has been a little slow but worth a try if nothing else is working.

Recommended Flies
McKnight's Home Invader sz 2-6
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
AW Smoke Bead Bugger sz 2-4
Clouser Cray sz 4-8
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Wooly Bugger sz 2-8
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
FB Pheasant tail sz 12-16
Delekta's Little Spanker sz 12-14
Copper Softy sz 14-16
Psycho Prince sz 14-18

Give us a call at the shop at 406-333-4401 or stop on by the the latest scoop!
 
Madison River - Upper - August 27th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/27/14
The cooler temps from the weekend provided a nice break from the sun and heat. The fish think so too as fishing is improving. Terrestrials should be back with the dry warm weather. Also look for baetis and other small mayflies about. The fishing may slow mid day but will be better than the last few weeks. Don't be afriad to throw the hopper around for that one fish lurking under that big boulder. Fishing in the morning and evening will be best. Hoppers, ants, beetles with a nymph dropper is a great rig to use this time of year. Dead drifting larger buggers and streamers will also produce fish.

Recommended Flies
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Lightning bug sz 12-16
Serendipity sz 14-18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Yellowstone River - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 8/20/14
What a summer it has been on the Yellowstone River. The high winter snowpack has meant the river has had lots of cold water and has meant the fishing has been consistent without signs of slowing down. Terrestrial fishing has remained great with hoppers, beetles, and ants all around in good numbers. The hopper fishing in the Upper Valley has been all-day good and we expect this to continue into the coming month. Cooler weather is moving in this week so fishing should only get better with more mayfly activity. Spruce moths and nocturnal golden stones have kept the fish looking for larger dries and ready to eat them. If you haven't made it over to Paradise Valley yet you are missing out on some great fishing but there is still time as things have no sign of slowing down. Grab a rod, grab a reel, find some time, and get fishing!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
HOPPERS sz 8-14
Tyger Beetle sz 12-14
Black Magic sz 12
Fat Head Beetle sz 12-16
Meanie Bee sz 14
Stenersens CFO Ant sz 12-16
Ant Acid sz 12-16
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-14
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Olive Haze sz 10-12
Turck's Tarantula sz 12-16
Jimmy Zee sz 12-16
Wilcox's JC Special sz 12-16
Everything Stone sz 8-12
Unabomber sz 8-12
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16

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


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/20/14
It is hard to find a bad place to fish in Yellowstone Park right now. Terrestrial fishing in the Northeast corner on Slough creek, Soda Butte creek, the Lamar river, the Yellowstone River, and the countless smaller streams has made for some great days. Gray drakes have been hatching on overcast days along with a host of mayflies that have brought fish up consistently. The crowds should start thinning out over the course of the next week which will mean less pressure and freedom to move around. For now, find a spot and hold your ground or else someone else will.

The Madison drainage water temperatures have started to drop and fishing has picked back up. It isn't fall yet so don't expect lake run fish up the Madison but if you're in the area it'd be worth stopping to make some casts. Look to fish terrestrials and nymphs. Over the course of the upcoming weeks things should really start to get going again and we can't wait!

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.