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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
 
Yellowstone River - April 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Near record warm temps yesterday and today have the river on the rise.  Not just a little, but the doubling of flows kind of  rise.  Comng from the Lamar and other Park waterways, it's not the kind of news one really wants to be faced with on such a nice day.  Floating the river is going to be great--fishing will be great--catching?  Ummm maybe not so much.  And Caddis were on the verge!  Down by Livingston yesterday there were caddis in the air & on the water.  Oh how frustrating!

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
 
Yellowstone River - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Yellowstone is in as good a shape as it gets for spring fishing.  We continue to have very good reports coming in from guides as well as other fishermen getting out and getting after it.  Daily afternoon baetis hatches as well as continued midge activity and increasing March Brown as well.  The weather this week has been about perfect.  Quite a bit of clouds, some rain periods with snow showers in the mountains and very tolerable wind patterns are making for good fishing conditions as the baetis and March Browns prefer the more cloudy and low light we have had.  Looking ahead, this weekend should see the great fishing continue.  We're getting really close on Mother's Day caddis.  Early?  Not really, this may actually be a bit more 'normal'.  Warmer weather at the end of the weekend and early next week may be what tips the balance to the start of the caddis hatch, but it may also bring our next push of off color rising water.  Stay tuned to find out.

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
 
Yellowstone River - April 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Last night's rain on top of yesterday's 75 degree sun has the Yellowstone on the rise today.  Not wonderful news.  How much is it on the rise?  Well, suffice to say we've doubled flows almost in the last 2 days.  Not so great.  Is it staying in shape?  Eh, not so great here either although it's not terrible.  With the much cooler weather today and the snow up in the high country, we should be seeing the majority of the upswing in flows as well as dirty water today, tomorrow.  By Sat it will be on the drop again and clearing.

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.  Today with the clouds we will definitely have a solid blue winged olives (baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns.  We should also see March Browns. Prince nymphs, PTs, soft hackle PTs, big lightning bugs, SH Copper Johns,  etc are all good combos.  A small San Juan worm or small stonefly patterns can also be good lead fly bets and worth a try.

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 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good reports from yesterday- minus the wind issue which seems to be plaguing us.  Sunny pretty much all day with some broken clouds moving in late in the PM before the forecasted storm, fishing was good.  Our water is on the rise again but not drastically so.  Couple hundred CFS on top of what's in there is about a 10-15% increase.  Clarity remains good too.  About 2 feet or so.  Tinge of olive to the river.  Today it's snowing and almost deadstick as far as wind on the flagpole outside.  BAETIS day!!! 

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.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter/spring diet. Today with the clouds we will definitely have a solid blue winged olives (baetis) so small dark mayfly nymph and emerger patterns may be a quick second to the midges. Small prince nymphs, PTs followed by brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, soft hackle PTs etc are all good combos.  A small San Juan worm or small stonefly patterns can also be good lead fly bets and worth a try.

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