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Yellowstone River - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
It's been a bit of a dodging game lately here on the Stone. Dodging small mud plugs that is.  Recent daily thunderstorms have turned the Lamar and Gardner rivers from cleand and good to go to mud.  Though the mud plugs have been short lived so far, there are multiples in the river systems.  All this transpires with some color shifts here in the main Yellowstone downstream from the Park.  Today may be the clincher though.  This one looks pretty sizable and may go through the whole of Paradise Valley before the day is out.  Go EAST!

Fishing should be good from Livingston to Big Timber today.  Best bets from reports we have had are "down under" with a bugger/bead combo and and indicator. 

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 8-12
Yellow RL Stimi size 8-12
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 8-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
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 - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


Solid fishing reports still the norm for the Stone.  This may be one of the better early July times that we can remember.  Weather patterns have us still in a very hot and dry position.  The river continues to drop very quickly.  Where there was water up in the willows a week ago, today there is not.

Fishing remains very good from Gardiner all the way to Big Timber with guides reporting good results on both dry fly action as well as underneath with a bugger/bead combo and and indicator.  Up high in Paradise Valley, dry flies still rule.  Think smaller than what you may be used to.  Goldenstones are about gone and it's more caddis as well as mayfly action.  Down through Livingston and East, the nocturnal goldenstones are kicking in as are some hoppers and caddis are still present. 

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 8-12
Yellow RL Stimi size 8-12
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 8-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
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


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 - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Top to bottom, getting solid reports on the Yellowstone.  Yesterday may have been a bit of a "pull back" day from the days prior.  Seems the bite was a little off from what it has been.  Possibly due to the small weather shift we incurred on Thurs with the clouds, a high of 70 (maybe) and some soft rain in the afternoon.  Back to sun and middle 80s yesterday may have had the fish with mixed signals.

Up high in Paradise Valley: dry fly fishing remains very good.  Salmonflies are pretty much on the wane.  You'll still see some in the bushes by Gardiner and fish will still eat them decently up there.  Otherwise it's goldenstones to some extent as well- and yellow sallies.  Mainstays are PMDs and caddis.  A smattering of Green Drakes to boot.  Fish are eating standard caddis, mayfly fare very well and believe it or not, there are hoppers present.  Hard to say if fish are eating hopper patterns for what they represent or for the still present goldenstones.

Lower River:  Fishing very well mostly underneath.  The river down here is going to start seeing the Midnight Stone or Nocturnal Goldenstone in the coming weeks and the nymphs are active.  Fish know and have been on the grab.  Caddis are the other mainstay right now.  The Bugger 'n Bead combo has been very effective for dredging up some phatties.

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!

Other areas to fish in Paradise Valley to report on: Big Creek has been pretty good.  Water is definitely in good shape.  It's still ripping along so the key is to find the good pocket water and structure.  Simple attractor dries will rule.   Mill Creek:  pretty much the same thing.

 
Yellowstone River - July 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone is on fire right now!  The river has continued to drop and is right around 7,000 cfs at Corwin.  Color is perfect and has almost 3 feet of visibility.  There's a tint of green to it but it's really gone clear in the last 48 hours.  The salmonfly hatch is moving upstream super fast as the 90 degree heat has the bugs hopping.  Salmonflies are emerging all the way up to Gardiner with concentrations still in Yankee Jim Canyon.  Dry fly fishing has been off the hook!  Lots of goldenstones as well as yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs present as well. 

Plenty of fish being taken on big salmonfly dry patterns cast super tight to the bank and structure.  The bigger fish are getting wary to sloppiness however!  It's got to be a really good drift to get them to look.  Goldenstone patterns as well as other smaller (in comparison) dries are working equally if not better than the salmonflies in some areas. 

Nymphing?  sure, but why?  Lots of fish looking skyward.
Streamers?  Yep, they'll work too.  Dawn Patrol dudes pulling junk are doing pretty well.

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!

Other areas to fish in Paradise Valley to report on: Big Creek has been pretty good.  Water is definitely in good shape.  It's still ripping along so the key is to find the good pocket water and structure.  Simple attractor dries will rule.   Mill Creek:  pretty much the same thing.

 
Yellowstone River - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 River is hanging right around 8 grand in flow today.  No major uptick.  Just a long drop.  Which should be a good thing.  Every day from here out we should continue to see the river dropping a couple hundred cfs and as it gets under 7 grand, it's going to become considerably easier to row and navigate.  Salmonflies are thickest right around the fly shop here in Emigrant right now.  Had an OK report of some fish on big dries yesterday down around Yellowtone Valley Lodge (above Loch Leven).  If there's water up in the willows, the fish are right there in them- along with the bugs.  Another report came in from Carbella saying no big bugs there-yet- just a plethora of caddis, sallies, some goldenstones and pmds. 

Being successful still depends on a couple concepts.  A short but heavy leader to big and black ugly rubberlegs under a big indy OR big, black and Heavy streamer action come to mind.  Now's the time for the JUNK!  Put it on the bank.  I mean ON the bank!  In the grass, But right on the bank and either twitch it off the dropoff or mend it just off.  Hang On!  The fish are right there just off the edge.  Simple?  Yeah, pretty much.  But be ready to lose some gear.  Come loaded with plenty of flies and 2x.  The same thing goes for fishing dries.  It has to be right in there tight!

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!

Other areas to fish in Paradise Valley to report on: Big Creek has been pretty good.  Water is definitely in good shape.  It's still ripping along so the key is to find the good pocket water and structure.  Simple attractor dries will rule.   Mill Creek:  pretty much the same thing.

 
Yellowstone River - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's happening!  A good weekend on tap to start our summer season.  Runoff isn't totally done.  So don't come over and expect to see bottom in 3 feet of river, but.... 18 inches is a fair assessment.  And it's definitely more green than not.  Plus, all sorts of stonefly nymphs are crawling bankside (see blog).  It's only a matter of a few days before the salmonflies are hatching as well as the goldenstones, yellow sallies, and the whole river will be going off!

Couple things to keep in mind.  The river is still big- 9 grand plus.  So use caution when floating.  This isn't your August float trip lazing down the Stone.  And with high water just behind us, there's new junk in the river.  Trees, log jams, etc. etc.  Know where you are going and be mindful when entering side channels.  Just because it looks juicy and inviting, if you don't know for sure that the exit is clear, don't go.

How to get it done:  A couple ideas- short but heavy leader to big and black ugly rubberlegs under a big indy OR big, black and Heavy streamer action come to mind.  Now's the time for the JUNK!  Put it on the bank.  I mean ON the bank!  In the grass, But right on the bank and either twitch it off the dropoff or mend it just off.  Hang On!  The fish are right there just off the edge.  Simple?  Yeah, pretty much.  But be ready to lose some gear.  Come loaded with plenty of flies and 2x.

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!