Fishing Reports

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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!
 
Yellowstone River - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yo-yo stone.  That's what we've been calling it as of late.  To be expected, really.  A freestone like this is going to mirror our weather give or take a day or two.  Our weather was majorly cool and even snowy (way up high in the mountains) last weekend.  Only goes to say the river registered a BIG drop in flow.  We're warming back up and it's been quite awesomely summer like so the river is back on the rise.  Temporarily is our guess though.  10-days to 2 weeks and we're going to be golden!  There's pent up demand to be sure. We're fielding calls daily:  "hey, I heard that the river was fishing already, true?"  Uh, no.  Close, but no.  Visibility is maybe a foot by the late afternoons and only on the bank margins.  Really, there's still a brown dirt tinge to things and a lot of sediment still in the water column.  We're not at that "going green" stage just yet.....soon my friends, soon. 

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 - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Being Bullish!  I think with the weather we just had early this week- hitting almost 90 on Monday- that we may have peaked here on the Yellowstone on Wednesday for the season.  23Grand the river hit near Livingston and nearly 20k at Corwin just outside the Park.  That's big, but right about "normal" for when we do look to see a peak flow.  We've cooled off in our weather temps since then and the river has taken a Big dive back down.  Guessing that while there's still snow up high the mountains, there's not so much to keep a sustained high flow on the Yelly the next time we hit the 80s for any amount of time.  Keeping our fingers crossed, but it's looking like the last week of June could be really really good for getting out here and fishing--- salmonflies!  Yeehaw!

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 - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
True, true, it's been a bit since we last reported anything on the Stone.  However, there's not been too much really to report on.  The river is very much still in runoff.  Though there has been a short couple days here lately where the river may be considered "fishable".  With all the cooler weather we have been having, the river has pulled back considerabely from it's high flows to date.  At under 8k, one could actually consider making a float or 2.  Did see a couple boats out Saturday.  But it's tough to know if that was just folks looking to have a good time and getting out on the water or if they were fishing.  Reality says that with 8 grand in flow and maybe 16 inches of visibility, what fishing there is to be had is eh, maybe just OK.  We've got a few weeks yet before salmonflies start and the fishing really kicks back in.  I'm guessing to say that we haven't seen the highest of flows on the Stone yet.  13 grand is NOT that flow.  I'm thinking it's going to hit 18-20 grand for a few days yet in the next 2 weeks.

Not to worry, 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!