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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
 
Yellowstone River - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Quite the weekend.  Saturday was sunny and warm- like 70 degrees warm.  Flip flops and even shorts were seen.  Only to be replaced by Simms Guide Jackets and flannel shirts again on Sunday with the wet almost snowy cold day. How'd the river fair?  Not bad.  Yes we have some additional flows coming in because of the warm days.  Clarity remains decently good however.  And as the cooler weather looks to hang on through today albeit without the rain/snow showers, things will stabilize and drop back down. How about that wind?  Yes, there has been plenty of that on some days!    Definitely worth a call up to us in here in the Valley for a report.  There have been days when it's Nuking down in the Livingston and not that bad up by us at all.

What to do and where?  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs and be patient with your fishing.  Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish.  Don't plan on covering tons of water.  The fish are are still pretty slow as the water is still cold even if the thermometer reads 60s degrees air temp.  It may take multiple casts through the same area sometimes before a hit occurs.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter/spring diet. But we should be seeing the start of spring blue winged olives soon so mayflies may be a quick second to the midges. Small prince nymphs, PTs followed by brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, 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
 
Yellowstone River - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's spring here in Yellowstone Country.  With the warm & some may say unseasonably nice weather we've been experiencing fishing has been pretty good. Quite a few folks have been on the river and reports vary as you might expect with some anglers really "getting 'em" and others doing moderately well but the overall gist has been that it's great being out on the water again and lots of smiles about the fishing.  Only thing relatively difficult is the wind.  Yes, there has been plenty of that on some days!    Definitely worth a call up to us in here in the Valley for a report.  There have been days when it's Nuking down in the Livingston and not that bad up by us at all.  The Yelly does have a bit of color to it right now.  Likely all a result of the lower elevation snow disappearing at a rapid rate.  While not brown, blown out, the water has a green tint and about 18-24" of vis.  Definitely not crystal clear but also VERY fishable and in a good way.

What to do and where?  Look primarily for deep, slower moving runs and be patient with your fishing.  Nymphing will be the primary means for catching fish.  Don't plan on covering tons of water.  The fish are are still pretty slow as the water is still cold even if the thermometer reads 60s degrees air temp.  It may take multiple casts through the same area sometimes before a hit occurs.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter/spring diet. But we should be seeing the start of spring blue winged olives soon so mayflies may be a quick second to the midges. Small prince nymphs, PTs followed by brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, 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