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Yellowstone River - June 30th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Yellowstone is truly a sight to see, but NOT fish right now!  Definitely the latest into June that most any of us have seen water of this magnitude over here.  We didn't quite hit 30 grand today at Corwin but it was pretty darn close.  The downright hot weather of the past 2 days (almost 90 and sunny!) while welcome from the standpoint of making it feel very summer like, has brought with it another round of almost record breaking flow levels.  Hopefully this marks the end of the biggest flows.  Not sure how much gas is left in the tank as you look around at the highest peaks and can visually see the difference in snow up there.  It's really coming out--fast!  We're hoping that this is it and from here out we can see the river starting to fall.  Reality?  We're at least a month out from fishing on the Yellowstone.  Once it does come to shape, watch out!  It's going to fish like gangbusters!!!!

So we've been getting a lot of questions lately about WHERE are we fishing then.  OR- geez, your guides sure must have a lot of time on their hands with all the days off not fishing the Yellowstone.  Frankly, we've been really busy AND fishing every day with guests with good results!    The spring creeks have been excellent and we're there just about every day.  We also have a number of private lakes in the area that fish very well during June and July.  Park trips are picking up as well as the waters there start to really come into their own right now. And, even with BIG, Big water, there's fishing to be had on the Madison and Missouri rivers. So, no, there really hasn't been a slow time.  We're hopping! 

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 - June 23rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Thar she blows! (again..)  With all the sunny warm weather we've had the past couple days, the Yellowstone may have a fair shot at finally making to the 30,000 cfs mark.  Which by all accounts is the latest in the month of June durin recent memory that the river has gotten to this level.  And, we're not really sure if that's even the crest.... It could go bigger.  A little cooler weather is expected over the next couple days.  Nothing like we have been getting but 70s instead of 80s.  Fair to say that the Yellowstone will continue to be big, high, and muddy for the forseeable future. 

Folks have been taking a guess as to when we might actually start fishing on the river.  We don't know, but let's just start with getting to the peak of runoff.  We're saying 30.750 cfs @ Corwin Springs station in the next few days. Do you have a prediction of your own?  Share it with us!
 
Yellowstone River - June 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
We continue to have lots of water flowing through the valley. The river hasn't peaked in its annual run-off yet and we are keeping our eyes glued to the USGS flow charts. Right now the yelly is at 16,000 cfs at Corwin Springs. At this point The Yellowstone is really not even an option for fishing. Ideally we will see a few warm days giving the snow at altitude a chance cook off and get this train rolling. However, there are still plenty of fishing options in the Paradise Valley. Check out the Spring Creek reports and our private lake option!
 
Yellowstone River - June 10th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Chances of rain for the next day or so in Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone, then an extended (relatively)dry period - 3 to 4 days, maybe.  Wow,  that's what we are calling 'extended' these days?  The Yellowstone is ripping right now.  Full on mud, mud, mud and not a logical choice for fishing.   As we continue to see both rain as well as warming periods, it's only going to get bigger.  Will we hit 30 grand at Corwin which was the record flow in '97?  Yep, and then some perhaps...
 
Yellowstone River - June 6th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Since Saturday, it's been the best 3 days of weather we've had all spring and early summer combined.  Finally, sunny and almost 80!  Winds have behaved as well.  Talk about nice.  What's it done for the river?  She's getting big!  Yeehaw!  Going to see 20 grand possibly later today or tomorrow.  Bad news, it's supposed to turn rainy and nasty the rest of the week.
 
Yellowstone River - June 3rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Right back up!  While not super bright sun and hot, what we have had the past couple days has the river turned right back around and blowing out once again.  Please let this be the real deal!