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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!
 
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......

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information. 



 
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