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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.

 
Yellowstone River - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 83 ° 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 recession is good news but keep in mind that it's dropping from almost 36,000 cfs. 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 slow and it's on its way. This summer is panning out to be unreal. We will probably jump straight into chasing foam hoppers down the bank. That's right! Probably not a ton of bobber fishing once the river comes into shape!

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 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!