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Yellowstone River - August 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Word has spread far and wide that the Stone is fishing well and with the pent up demand to be on it stemming from a very long and uncharacteristic early summer lack of fishing- it's no wonder.  Fishing has been good from Gardiner to Big Timber and beyond.  Yellowstone trout are looking up big time meaning anglers wanting to fish big busy dry fly patterns like the Chubby Chernobyl and other goldenstone/hopper type dry fly are watching them getting eaten as much (maybe more so if you are a good stick) as are the dudes chunking weighted junk under an indy.   Streamer boys enjoying a good bite at first and last light too. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Norm Wood Chubby
Chubby Tan, Golden, Red
Carnage Goldenstone
RL Royal Stimi
Neversink Trudes
Yeager's 409 (should be 406..)
Paralime Variant
Bloom's Para Caddis
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
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
Dirty bird
Lightning bug
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 - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy weekend to you all!  Good to great fishing on the Yellowstone beckons.  Lots of folks on the water all week thus far and today will likely be no different.  Word has spread far and wide that the Stone is fishing well and with the pent up demand to be on it stemming from a very long and uncharacteristic July, it's no wonder.  Fishing has been good from top (Gardiner) to way down low (Big Timber) this week.  Yellowstone phatties are begining to look up as much as down meaning anglers wanting to fish a big Chubby or other goldenstone/hopper type dry fly are getting it eaten as are the dudes chunking weighted junk under an indy or stripping it back.  Mid to upper Paradise Valley areas are seeing good evening caddis as well so if you don't want to be out in the middle day hours, heading out for an evening float after the day's ruckus isn't a bad gig.  Streamer boys enjoying a good bite at first and last light too. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Norm Wood Chubby
Chubby Tan, Golden, Red
Carnage Goldenstone
RL Royal Stimi
Neversink Trudes
Yeager's 409 (should be 406..)
Paralime Variant
Bloom's Para Caddis
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
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
Dirty bird
Lightning bug
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 - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Guide Trip reports have been coming back with definitely positive results.  It's still mostly subsurface on the fly scene, but that's changing super quick.  There are increasing numbers of respectable dry fly reports surfacing.  And as the water continues to drop toward that 6-grand number, bet that we'll be tossing dries along with the indy rigs both with excellent results. 

Those on the water and getting it done are throwing streamers to the banks early as well as late in the day.  Nymphing under a big indicator with rubberlegs, buggers, and the like followed by beadheads of the caddis variety will get you bent pretty much anytime while out there.  Seems that there has been a wicked bite that goes off just before PM T-storms move through.  Clouds and pressure change have been giving Yellowstone phatties a reason to chew on a multitude of offerings.  Folks doing the late PM floats may be seeing the more consistent dry fly activity for now.  

In the coming days, we should be seeing more and more nocturnal goldenstones as well as terrestrials coming on.  Our dry fly fishing is about to go richter.  Fishing is spreading out from top to bottom (Gardiner to Big T) with dudes seeing  good to better than that for fat, healthy trout in the net.

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Norm Wood Chubby
Chubby Tan, Golden, Red
Carnage Goldenstone
RL Royal Stimi
Neversink Trudes
Yeager's 409 (should be 406..)
Paralime Variant
Bloom's Para Caddis
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
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
Dirty bird
Lightning bug
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 - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Yellowstone is starting to kick it into gear.  Those watching the river flow graphs will see that we're under 9 grand now which is a good thing.  Still relatively big water and most definitely so compared to what it should be for the last day of July, however, we are looking at the Yellowstone game as though on rewind.... it's really the first week or so of July.  Mentally adjusting yourself to this and things are pretty much like normal for when we get on the river! 

Reports have been coming back with some definitely favorable results.  It's still mostly subsurface on the fly scene, but there have been some nice fish in the net.  Those on the water and getting it done are throwing streamers to the banks as well as nymphing under a big indicator with rubberlegs, buggers, and the like followed by beadheads of the caddis variety.  Patterns like Home Invaders, Peanut Envy, G's S Dungeon, McCune Sculpins have all been good choices.  Nymphing with Gold Bead Crystal Rubberleg buggers in both olive and black, Pat's rubberlegs in brown (turd), orange/brown, as well as olive/brown, olive wooly buggers, black wooly buggers, Mega Prince followed up by BH Caddis pupa, Soft hackle PTs, Dirty Birds, King & Queen princes, big lightning bugs, and soft hackle copper johns have all been good bets.

You definitely need to know what you are doing on the oars as there are all kinds of new channnels, downed trees, islands literally gone from this year's huge runoff only to see them poping up in totally new places now that until the volume of water is quickly coming down. Use good river sense out there! 

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.  Thinking about a guide for  August, or September?  It would be in your best interest to get on the phone with us now.... not kidding.

 
Yellowstone River - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
We are Oh So Close to coming into the running over here.  Definitely way more green than brown and continuing to drop in flows.  How far out are we??? Still a couple days before we're really comfortable with even thinking of running trips.  Really.  I know there have been some dudes out there.  Hell, we're ALL chomping at the bit to get on the Stone.  But reality says that this isn't something to mess around with and it's still just a boat ride.  There are all kinds of new channnels, downed trees, islands literally gone only to pop up in totally new places that until the volume of water comes down, even just a couple thousand CFS more, that something serious could happen in a hurry if you aren't an extremely skilled oarsmen and prepared. 

That being said, we are most definitely looking forward to getting out there and not only exploring the new scenery, but catching some Yellowstone trout!  True feeling is that we are a week away and anticipation is growing.

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.  Thinking about a guide for July, August, or Sept??  It would be in your best interest to get on the phone with us now.... not kidding.

 
Yellowstone River - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
As I'm sure you've heard, an Exxon pipe under the Yellowstone cracked and dumped a meaningful load of oil into the river. Though all of us here cringed when we heard the initial reports, it turns out the spill was over by Billings. This is almost 200 miles downstream from us, and even though it's still awful, our trout here are still happy. 

Anyways, the hydrographs have been showing us encouraging trends. The river continues to drop everyday. This consistent drop in water flow is good news, but keep in mind that it's got a ways to go before we can get on it. Nonetheless, we'll be fishing the river before we know it. In fact, there are Salmon Flies buzzing around right now! If you're really interested in getting your Yellowstone fix on I'm sure you could get a pull or two on some of the REALLY slow back eddys with a big black nasty rubber legs or bugger. Keep it low and slow and almost lead it around the pool with the rod tip.

It's no secret that patience is a virtue. We have been waiting and waiting for our favorite river to drop into that magic flow  and clarity region. And  - it's on its way. The river is starting to show signs of improving color almost as fast as it's dropping.  So, what's the crystal ball say?  What's the date??  You might not be far off guessing the last week of July..... Stay Tuned!

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.  Thinking about a guide for July, August, or Sept??  It would be in your best interest to get on the phone with us now.... not kidding.