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Yellowstone River - September 9th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 89 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.  Even though it is still a bit warm for our Montana tastes this week and sunny.  The weather looks like a broken record, or Groundhog Day as it remains unseasonably warm in the upper 80s and without a storm in sight.  Can't say as that it's 'rocking' crazy great out ther, but it's solid.  Especially if you put your time in.  Being first on the water is making a big difference!  You don't want to be the 13th boat.....  Hoppers in smaller sizes 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.  Have definitely seen a fair number of fall drakes starting up and fish are definitely respondinig.  Now's the time...    Yes, there are some dudes out there very early and again late, late that have been yanking streamers and getting a few...  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

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
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 3rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 89 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Happy Labor Day weekend!  I think the Big Event may be starting to dwindle down just a bit.  It's not "stupid good" fishing like it was a little while ago.  It's definitely not bad though by any means!  Lots of peeps on the water the past weeks had educated a bunch of Yellowstone fish to not necessarily slam every fly put in front of them.  Goldenstone and hopper patterns still rule the roost, however, smaller tippet sizes (4x instead of 2) may be the call to actually get solid eats instead of slaps. Don't neglect smaller terrestrials as well.  Ants, beetles, even bee patterns continue to be good alternatives.  We may see a few fall drakes starting soon.  Now's the time...    Yes, there are some dudes out there very early and again late, late that have been yanking streamers and getting a few...  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

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 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fishing has been good this week.  And expect that to continue to the be the case for the foreseeable future.  We're hearing from folks fishing from just outside Yellowstone Park by Gardiner all the way on east of Livingston to Big Timber -and even beyond.  Things have been pretty consistent all around.  Fishing big bushy dry fly patterns like the Chubby Chernobyl and other goldenstone/hopper type dries as welll as standard attractor patterns are all getting eats.  Don't neglect smaller terrestrials as well.  Ants, beetles, even bee patterns have produced.    Streamer boys enjoying a good bite at first and last light, and if we have overcast skies, too.  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

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 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....