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Yellowstone River - October 4th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Icy, rain or snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Where'd Summer Go?  Big time changes hitting the rivers yesterday and today.  Gone are the endless sunny skies and 80 degree days.  Quickly replaced with heavy clouds and cold weather.  Even a few snow flakes down here in the valley.  Up high in the mountains, there's been a good snow dusting to be sure!  With that- what we're fishing just changed as fast as the weather!  Baetis, baetis, baetis, midges. And did we say baetis?  Look for your mornings to be very cold and uneccessary right now (unless you are the macho type who just has to be out there....) In the mid-AM, plan on 1 of 2 systems.  Either the nymph rig or streamer rig.  Nymphing you can go 2 ways with your setup.  Deeper or "short leash" with the second setup mostly likely to be increasingly productive as you get closer to any hatch activity.  Once bugs are active and coming off pretty good, it'll be up to you whether or not to keep short leash nymphing or switch to dries.  And from there it's roll on, brother!  Course, you could stay with the big junk and strip streamers all day.  Just saying...

Flies to Fling:

PMX in royal or orange 12-14 (Oct caddis)
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 16-18
Parachute Adams sz 16-20
Purple Haze, Olive Haze sz 16-18
Andy's Cripple 18-20
BWO comparadun 16-20
King Prince Nymph size 16 -great point fly in short leash
Olive serendipity size 18
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 16-20
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-18
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow
Home Invader natural size 2
Granato's Sasquatch


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Another sunny Sunday!  Looking like we'll be in the low 70s again today.  A few clouds but otherwise darn nice.  Wind is supposed to be rather lackluster which will be nice.  Cool this AM- mid 40s. Needless to hint, the mornings have been a little slower.  Fishing is definitely good by late morning and by lunchtime or shortly after, firing on all cylinders.  Yes, there are still some ants, beetles etc (Terrestrials) that are definetly of importance.  We are also seeing  fall baetis starting to show & some of the Fall drakes -for more simple terms- definitively larger mayflies than the itsy-bitsy baetis.  Could be Grey as well as Green drakes. Whatever the case, fish love em so be sure to fish them!  The leaves on the cottonwoods and willows are changing more and more everyday.  Guess we'd better enjoy it while we can..... Big changes coming midweek.

Flies to Fling:
Bloom's flying Cinnamon Ant
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Bloom's Hi-vis para caddis in light olive or tan 12-16s
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 10-18
Parachute Adams sz 10-18
Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Olive Haze sz 12-18
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14-16
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cool mornings definitely allow enough time to have a second cup of coffee and read the baseball box scores in the newspaper.  Needless to hint, the mornings have been a little slower.  Fishing is definitely good by late morning and by lunchtime or shortly after, firing on all cylinders.  Yes, there are still some ants, beetles etc (Terrestrials) that are definetly of importance.  We are also seeing  fall baetis starting to show & some of the Fall drakes -for more simple terms- definitively larger mayflies than the itsy-bitsy baetis.  Could be Grey as well as Green drakes. Hecuba Timpanoga or Flavs?, too. Whatever the case, fish love em so be sure to fish them!  Summertime weed/moss is all but gone (Yay!)  the leaves on the cottonwoods and willows are changing more and more everyday.  All in all, very nice conditions for being on the water! 80* days for the first 3 weeks of Sept. odd?

Flies to Fling:
Morrish Hopper- all colors.  Either small or mongo size
Grand Hoppers size 8, 12,14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 12
Whitecloud Hopper sz 12, 14
Hoppinator sz 10- overcast days work best
Pav's Yellowstoner Hopper-tan, blue (yeah) 10s
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Bloom's Hi-vis para caddis in light olive or tan 12-16s
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 10-18
Parachute Adams sz 10-18
Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Olive Haze sz 12-18
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14-16
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - September 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cold again this morning!  Frost on the fields in some places!  Definitely enough time to have a second cup of coffee and read the baseball box scores in the newspaper.  Needless to hint, the mornings have been a little slower.  Fishing is definitely picking back up late morning and by lunchtime or shortly after, firing on all cylinders.  Yes, there are still some hoppers, ants, beetles etc (Terrestrials) that are definetly of importance.  We are also seeing  fall baetis starting to show & some of the Fall drakes -for more simple terms- definitively larger mayflies than the itsy-bitsy baetis.  Could be Grey as well as Green drakes.  Mahagonies or Flavs, too. Whatever the case, fish love em so be sure to fling them!  Summertime weed/moss is all but gone (Yay!)  Heck, there are even a few leaves on the cottonwood and willows starting to turn.  All in all, very nice conditions for being on the water!

Flies to Fling:
Morrish Hopper- all colors.  Either small or mongo size
Grand Hoppers size 8, 12,14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 12
Whitecloud Hopper sz 12, 14
Hoppinator sz 10- overcast days work best
Pav's Yellowstoner Hopper-tan, blue (yeah) 10s
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Bloom's Hi-vis para caddis in light olive or tan 12-16s
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 10-18
Parachute Adams sz 10-18
Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Olive Haze sz 12-18
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14-16
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - September 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Ah, September.  How'd it get here so fast?

Longer nights, cooler nights too.  Thank goodness.  Yes, the water is low.  Much lower than it has been in several years, but not so low that it's like the drought years '05 or '07.  No river use restrictions at all.Cooler river temps are making morning fishing a little slow, sleep in, have a little breakfast then hit the river.  Aside from the lower water than what we've been used to in high water years, the Stone is in pretty darn good shape!  Fishing is definitely picking back up.  In fact, I'm at a loss whether to upgrade to a 4 and great or keep it at a 3 and good.  We're seeing a transition to be sure.  It's not just a terrestrial game any more.  There are fall baetis starting to show as well as a few Hecubas (Fall drake for more simple terms) so fishing the hoppers, ants, beetles etc still quite good but don't leave out the parachute mayflies from 10-18 and in shades of grey, purple, olive, and mahogany colors, royal wulffs, all are good choices! And as we stated earlier, don't just concentrate your angling attention on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are WELL off the banks in a lot of places and are willing to eat if you get the right drift. The pine creek fire has been pretty much put to bed. So come on over and catch some Smoked* trout.
*meaning we've had alot of smokey days of late.

Flies to Fling:
Morrish Hopper- all colors all sizes
Grand Hoppers size 8-14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 10-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Pav's Yellowstoner Hopper-tan, blue (yeah) 8s & 10s
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Bloom's Hi-vis para caddis in light olive or tan 12-16s
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 10-18
Parachute Adams sz 10-18
Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Olive Haze sz 12-18
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14-16
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - September 1st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Ah, September.  How'd it get here so fast?

Longer nights, cooler nights too.  Thank goodness.  Yes, the wate is low.  Much lower than it has been in several years, but not so low that it's like the drought years '05 or '07.  No river use restrictions at all.  Aside from the lower than what we've been used to in high water years, the Stone is in pretty darn good shape!  Fishing is definitely picking back up.  In fact, I'm at a loss whether to upgrade to a 4 and great or keep it at a 3 and good.  We're seeing a transition to be sure.  It's not just a terrestrial game any more.  There are fall baetis starting to show as well as a few Hecubas (Fall drake for more simple terms) so fishing the hoppers, ants, beetles etc still quite good but don't leave out the parachute mayflies from 10-18 and in shades of grey, purple, olive, and mahogany colors, royal wulffs, all are good choices! And as we stated earlier, don't just concentrate your angling attention on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are WELL off the banks in a lot of places and are willing to eat if you get the right drift. HEY Diddle Diddle- Put it down the Middle!

Flies to Fling:
Morrish Hopper- all colors all sizes
Grand Hoppers size 8-14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 10-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Pav's Yellowstoner Hopper-tan, blue (yeah) 8s & 10s
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Bloom's Hi-vis para caddis in light olive or tan 12-16s
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 10-18
Parachute Adams sz 10-18
Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Olive Haze sz 12-18
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14-16
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!