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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
 
Yellowstone River - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Wintertime fishing on the Yellowstone.  Some days it's pretty decent. Others, you couldn't pay me to be out there- what with the snow flying, temps not even close to being above freezing, and the wind.  With the recent warm weather we've been experiencing, however, it's been pretty good out there.  Only thing is it's been windy.  Oh well, guess I'd take that over snow and freezing arse cold.

What to do and where?  Find the deepest, slowest moving runs you can and be patient with your fishing.  Don't plan on covering tons of water.  The fish are extremely slow and won't move any real distance to eat a fly.  Many multiple casts through the same area sometimes are needed before a hit occurs.  Keep your flies focused on simple patterns.  Many times, the smaller the better.  Midges make up a very big and important part of a trout's winter diet.  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.

Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - October 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
A return to a little more seasonal weather.  Mountains are still pasted with snow way up high.  And with the leaves on the cottonwoods and willows changing to gold, the scenery is some of the best of the year!  Fishing is still continuing to be good with sparks of greatness.  Mixed clouds and some small chances of showers are great.  The wind, however, is going to make things difficult.  Thinking that fishing higher up in the valley here around the shop may give anglers some shelter.  Down by Livingston- hold onto your hats.  With the water temps continuing to cool,  turning to nymphing in the AM as the action has been slow to get going has been the way to start the day. Around lunch time go to the short leash method with lighter nymph patterns and by 2pm dries through the remainder of the day all the way to the boat ramp.  

Your Fly Box-
Neversink Trudes- small sizes in tan or black
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive -small
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive smaller sizes
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan-small
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week.