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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!
 
Yellowstone River - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Double Down, in a bad way.... Fast rising water is not a good thing.  Visibility getting marginal. Going on 3 days of really nice weather again and the Yellowstone is on the rise- big time.  The Lamar River in the Park has gone from a 1,000 cfs to 3x that in only 36 hours.  Along with all the other feeder creeks and tributaries, the Yellowstone has gone from around 4k to 8.  Hmm, get the picture? 

Caddis are done down at the north end of the valley (Livingston) and are going strong at the south end (Carbella-Yankee Jim)  Stalwarts will still be able to get the job done to one extent or another while in the thick of the hatch.  However, for the general angler hoping to "hit it right", well, sorry, but ya missed it.  Age old adage- should have been here yesterday- rings too true. 

If it was me... Pulling big junk is a likely means of getting a bend in the rod.  Streamer patterns to try- Circus Peanuts, Conrad Sculpin, Bow Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sasquatch- Granato's or McNight's, Home Invader.  With the severe decrease in visibility, staying with black is a good idea.  Fish it tight to the structure and in the eddies. 


We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - May 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Oh how quick things change!  Hero to Zero in 48 hours.  So through Sunday the Yelly was giving it up pretty good.  Mother's Day Caddis- check, Baetis-check, March Brown's-check.  Fish happy-check here too.  Then the wheels fell off......  Monday the Lamar River in the Park shot up and it's gone to junk since.  Gone.  Done.  Full on Cottonwood hatch.  The river at Corwin has jumped from 2 grand to over 6.  Nuf said.  Without a miracle, it's going to be the end of June now before we get back on the Stone.  Oh but it will be good then......

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Yellowstone River - May 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Quick update-  Caddis are about as good as it may get this spring.  Today, tomorrow, somewhere in there is going to be the sweet spot.  Valley areas around Mallard's Rest/Pine Creek are the goods as far as where the bugs are thick.  You can find them from Livingston to likely all the way up the valley and possibly even above Yankee Jim Canyon.

Will it last is the question.  Weather on tap for the next couple days is supposed to be sunny and toasty warm- near 80.  That spells runoff!  Yellowstone is going to blow out again by week's end.  Get it while the gettn's good!

Pupa: Morrish Super Pupa in amber as well as light olive, LaFontaine emergent pupa, king prince, TNT caddis pupa, even a hare's ear flashback good choices for sub surface fish nabbin' before the hatch is seen on top (10A-1PM-ish)

Emergers & Dries:  X2 caddis, Bloom's Hi-vis Para Caddis, Neversink Hi Vis Caddis, Butch Caddis, Corn Fed Caddis, E/C Caddis, Para Hare's Ear, HE Trude, Adams Trude, Neversink Trude all good choices for dries.

No streamer selections!  Go Caddis!


We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Back in the saddle again....
Our guess was well founded!  With the duration of cold weather, the Yellowstone has come back around in a HUGE way.  And....yes! There are caddis once again.  Just today we've had pretty solid reports that bugs are out and fish are getting grabby.  Nothing huge yet as far as a full blown caddis explosion, but it's coming.  The river is back under 5 grand in flow having gone to 10 grand.  This level is  a bit big for normal spring standards but by no means awful.  In fact, there's a lot of really good holding water now for the fish to be in and they are a bit more spread out than they were earlier this spring.  Water clarity is 18 inches to 2 feet depending upon who you talk to.  I'll be conservative and stick with 18 inches.  More than good enough.  Caddis will be an afternoon gig.  Before they get going and as long as we hav cloudy weather, more blue wings and March Browns will be present to get the fish cranked up.  Look for the switch to go sometime around 2PM on the caddis.

What to do and where? Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish until early to mid PM.  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs below the riffle water.   Even the slow froggy water will continue to hold good trout.   Nymphing with a  double fly rig starting with a stonefly  or a San Juan worm and then prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  etc as a dropper are all good combos.  Be sure you are weighted enough to get down in the deep buckets.  Once you start seeing baetis and March Browns on the surface, you can definitely shorten up to the "short leash" nymph setup which consists of a pinch on indicator about 2 feet or less to your bigger heavier beadhead nymph.  Throw a non-bead baetis emerger or softhackle in a size 16 or 18 behind this.  And as the main hatch gets going either baetis, March Browns, or caddis, you can shorten up even less or go to a Dry/dropper rig.  Effective dry patterns include  Ausable Wulffs, Adams Wulff, Copper Haze, Para Hares Ear in size 10-12 are all good March Brown imitators.  Bloom's caddis, Butch Caddis, Elk Hair, Hot Butt, Hare's Ear Trudes, Idyl's Neversink Trude are all great caddis go-to patterns.  Drop your BH nymph or non weighted emerger about 12-18 inches off the back.  Most importantly, once fish are on top, you still have to GET A GOOD DRIFT!

Pulling big junk is another likely means of getting a bend in the rod.  Streamer patterns to try- Circus Peanuts, Conrad Sculpin, Bow Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sasquatch- Granato's or McNight's, Home Invader.  Don't always associate pulling junk to mean ripping it off the banks.  Getting it in close and tight line swinging off can sometimes be the ticket.

We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Pretty much out of the question now.  Flows reaching over 6k at Corwin and less than 6inches of vis have the Yellowstone in an ugly mood. 

IF we can get back to fishable water conditions later this week---it'supposed to be warm in the 70s through Weds.... we should get a crack at Mother's Day caddis.  In addition, there are daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Browns.  The weather besides being HOT this week,  looks good on paper.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods and very tolerable wind patterns.  Can we get a fishable window on the Yellowstone?  Stay tuned.....

What to do and where? Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish until early to mid PM.  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs below the riffle water.   Even the slow froggy water will continue to hold good trout.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  We will continue to have solid blue winged olives hatches(baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns.  You should also see March Browns and possibly a few caddis, especially down toward or just below Livingston. Nymphing with a  double fly rig starting with a small stonefly  or a San Juan worm and then prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  etc as a dropper are all good combos.  Be sure you are weighted enough to get down in the deep buckets.  Once you start seeing baetis and March Browns on the surface, you can definitely shorten up to the "short leash" nymph setup which consists of a pinch on indicator about 2 feet or less to your bigger heavier beadhead nymph.  Throw a non-bead baetis emerger or softhackle in a size 16 or 18 behind this.  Going Dry?  Ausable Wulffs, Adams Wulff, Copper Haze, Para Hares Ear in size 10-12 are all good March Brown imitators.  Follow them up with a size 16 or 18 baetis emerger, soft hackle, or dry pattern and you've got both bases covered.  Those trout will really like the baetis bug trapped in the film so cripples can be deadly.

Pulling big junk is another likely means of getting a bend in the rod.  Streamer patterns to try- Circus Peanuts, Conrad Sculpin, Bow Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sasquatch- Granato's or McNight's, Home Invader.  Don't always associate pulling junk to mean ripping it off the banks.  Getting it in close and tight line swinging off can sometimes be the ticket.

We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401