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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. 



 
Yellowstone River - October 6th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cool, wet weather on the way.  Wind in front of it to be sure.  Look for fairly drastic temperature change after today to start affecting the fishing for the next several days through the weekend.   With the cloudy, rainy weather on tap think: Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) and drakes as the go to bugs on top.  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. 



 
Yellowstone River - September 27th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Is there an end in sight to "above average" anything?  Weather, water, it's all been like that this season...  Summer won't/can't let go.  Another warm one in store today (for the last week of Sept anyways).  Reports from yesterday were mixed.  Some good, some just OK.   With the warm, sunny weather and zero frost at all this week now,  there's still plenty of grasshoppers around! Think hoppity-hops in smaller sizes with tan, yellow, and olive bodies, as well as flying ants, beetles as good afternoon searching patterns. Try taking a glass bead ant pattern as a dropper. Both Green as well as Gray drakes are in the mix.  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) have been present each PM even through the bright sunshine.  Some folks are turning to nymphing in the AM as the action has been slow to get going.  Uncle Whitey has been brutal though.....they seem to be in the prime spots unless the trout are really on the feed.  Think about the skinny water inside the main current seams and getting a perfect drift EVERY time you lay the fly on the water.  And LOOK UNDER your fly.  A lot of really nice fish are not whacking the dry but SUCKING it down.  You hardly see anything but your fly disappear.  BELIEVE in your guide when he says HIT IT!  

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper- small sizes in yellow & pink
Carnage Hopper
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
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan-small
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Ron Burgundy san juan
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. 



 
Yellowstone River - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Seems we are back in the sun and summer look... Only a light frost this morning and promises of sun all day along with rising temperatures.  Back to the 80s from the looks of things.  Mayfly dominance may have to take a side seat to resurgance in terrestrials including hoppers.  Walked through the grass this morning on the way to look at the river and there's still plenty of kickers around! Think hoppity-hops in smaller sizes with tan, yellow, and olive bodies, as well as flying ants, beetles as good afternoon searching patterns. Both Green as well as Gray drakes are in the mix.  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each PM as well.  Some folks are turning to nymphing in the AM as it has been slow to get going.  Uncle Whitey has been brutal though..... It's a really tough call- extra coffee and the complete sports page re-read or get on the water first and stay out front even through AM duldrums.... you choose.

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
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. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Yellowstone River - September 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
OK, this is fall!  Mostly cloudy skies, calling for rain showers, but hold on----High Wind alerts today...  Keep your fingers crossed it won't actually be the case.  The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.   Look to grass munchers in smaller sizes in tan, yellow, and olive, as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Both Green as well as Gray drakes are showing up with more and more regularity.  Given a really good overcast, cool day with the threat of rain showers and low wind, it could be a banner day!  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each day right now as well.  We haven't seen a WOW hatch of them yet, but I'd bet 'that kinda day' isn't far off.

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
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. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Yellowstone River - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cooler mornings.  Heck, even a frost..... Definitely harbingers that Fall is (should) be here.  A small but nice cooling off period sure did help out. Can't say as that it's 'rocking' crazy great out there, but it's solid.  Especially if you put your time in. The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.   Look to grass munchers in smaller sizes in tan, yellow, and olive, as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Both Green as well as Gray drakes are showing up with more and more regularity.  Given a really good overcast, cool day with the threat of rain showers and low wind, it could be a banner day!  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each day right now as well.  We haven't seen a WOW hatch of them yet, but I'd bet 'that kinda day' isn't far off.
Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
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. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....