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Yellowstone River - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Don't forget to renew your Montana Fishing & Hunting licneses for the year! Today marks the beginning of the season. 

What to say about the Stone?  Mid-valley is still pretty packed with Bank Ice.  You won't be putting in or taking out a boat for a while yet in this area of Paradise.  However, those willing to scramble down off the head-height or taller ice jams left along both banks, you may actually find some trout in the slower moving, deeper runs. 

Elsewhere along the river:  Through Town of Livingston section has been seeing good fishing.  Though it may be hard to stand upright or cast with the wind.  What can you do?  Keep trying!  On the days that the conditions allow- low to no wind and some good overcast helps, fish have been obliging.  Way up in the valley above Emigrant, you won't see the huge shelf ice that the mid-valley is packed with and the wind, while honking pretty good, may not be quite as bad as down in town.  Fish are there as well.

It is primarily a nymphing game.  Middle day on through mid to late afternoon seems to be the time that fish are most active.  Seek out the deep slow moving runs and be patient.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  See you in March!



 
Yellowstone River - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Have a Spooktacular Halloween!  Today marks the last the day flyshop will be open for a while this fall.  We'll be closing from regular hours starting tomorrow Nov 1.  It's time for us all to get a little fall enjoyment of our own.  There's fishing to be sure.  As well as maybe hunting up and elk or a deer or two.  We'll be around some days so if you see the lights on, you are welcome to drop in.  Our reports are going to be dropping in regularity as well. 

So, here goes.  For the rest of the fall this is pretty much what you can expect:  AM will be slow.  Starting around 11 or so, you can likely nymph 'em up to a degree.  What hatch there is (baetis are slowing, it's mostly midges) will be mid day onward till 5P or so.  Best bets will be streamer fishing or the short leash nymph technique of putting a pinch on indy or small thingamabobber on your leader about 3 feet above a decently size BH nymph and then your best baetis nymph, midge pupa or small softhackle behind that.  Fish are  in the likely spots.  Look for riffle water that gives way to off speed & deeper runs.  Foam holes too!  Find these and you'll be in biz.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  See you in March!



 
Yellowstone River - October 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Another good day in store for us today!  Last week's snotty weather cleared out for the weekend and things have warmed back up to some degree.  The sun is only going to peek through at intervals today.  With the warmth coming back to a degree and the clouds, look for baetis to be back in action.  The wind isn't supposed to be too terribly bad either.  Main hatch activity will be mid day onward till 5P or so.  Leading up to that, best bets will be streamer fishing or the short leash nymph technique of putting a pinch on indy or small thingamabobber on your leader about 3 feet above a decently size BH nymph and then your best baetis nymph or softhackle behind that.  Fish are stacked in the likely spots.  Look for riffle water that gives way to off speed deeper runs.  Foam holes too!  Find these and you'll be in biz.

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 - 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!