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Yellowstone River - July 31st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cooling weather pattern, plus instability in the atmosphere means PM thunderstorms.  Yep.  We've seen this before.  Good news or bad news?  OK- lets's start with the downside.  We're dealing with mud again.  The Gardner is throwing some of it's chalky tan water through the system.  Today should see things improving in the upper valley.  Down low, well you guys are gonna get hit.  Good news- clearing or "going green" water in the upper valley gives us all a window and some good fishing to be had tomorrow and the next day in case there's more coming.  Best check in with us to find out what's what.  Other good news-sure is nice to be out there again all day.  PC to cloudy conditions certainly help and with daytime highs maybe 80-ish with 50 degree nights, our rivers are cooling off nicely.  Fish are more active again and willing to eat a well presented fly.

Fishing has been good.  Maybe not great, but solid.  Key thing is that you HAVE to connect on the opportunities when presented.  If you aren't in the game, well, better check your iPhone again for another email.....The other key has been MOVING WATER.  Keenly focusing your attempts on faster to fastest moving water will also pay off. 

Right out of the gates IF you are early you can expect decent to good dry fly action.  As the sun gets higher and temps climb, expect that dry action to subside and throwing a bobber rig may become the go-to.  Guides are reporting solid results on the Goblin or an olive bead-bugger and small(ish) droppers like copper softy's and the like.  Out East, water conditions are going to be what you will have to chase down.  Again, moving water.  But it's good.  Nocturnal stones are king so the Turd & a dropper rig is hard to beat.  Moss getting in your grill fairly frequently though....

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Chubby in Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Morrish Hopper
Purple Bruce
Freddie
Goofball in green, yellow size 12 & 14
Goddard caddis
Bloom's Para Caddis: Lt Olive, Tan
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
King Prince
Queen Prince
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin


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Yellowstone River - July 27th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The word is: EARLY.  We're not faced with FWP sanctioned Hoot Owl fishing hours on the Stone, yet we can all atest to the fact that getting on early and getting off in the heat of the day pays dividends.  Guides and anglers in the know are on the water by 7-ish.  Results are far superior to laggards putting on at 9 or even 10 as seen recently.  The other key has been MOVING WATER.  Keenly focusing your attempts on faster to fastest moving water will also pay off.  Hoping the predicted weather change - the word cool- actually arrives..... Partly cloudy and 78 sounds dreamy....

Right out of the gates IF you are early you can expect decent to good dry fly action.  As the sun gets higher and temps climb, expect that dry action to subside and throwing a bobber rig may become the go-to.  Guides are reporting solid results on the Goblin or an olive bead-bugger and small(ish) droppers like copper softy's and the like.  Out East, water conditions are going to be what you will have to chase down.  Again, moving water.  But it's good.  Nocturnal stones are king so the Turd & a dropper rig is hard to beat.  Moss getting in your grill fairly frequently though....

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Chubby in Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Morrish Hopper
Purple Bruce
Freddie
Goofball in green, yellow size 12 & 14
Goddard caddis
Bloom's Para Caddis: Lt Olive, Tan
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
King Prince
Queen Prince
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin


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Yellowstone River - July 21st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Another 3-day round of mudsville settling out this weekend.  Starting with the top section, things are back to swinging.  Very good AM till midday bite ensued yesterday following back to back days of middling water conditions due to the mudslides.  As hot as things are weatherwise, it does become splash n' giggle more in the middle to later afternoon hours. Down valley, things are good, although the dry fly bite is in the backseat to getting deeper.  Guides are reporting solid results on the Goblin or an olive bead-bugger and small(ish) droppers like copper softy's and the like.  Out East, water conditions are going to be what you will have to chase down.  Greeny water was 89/Pig farm down to Reed Pt.  That second nasty plug was coming through Livy and rolling east yesterday late afternoon/eve.  So figure 3-4 MPH and do the math to know where it is today.  Pretty much square on top of Big Timber.  Safe from Reed down.  Safe from Livy to Grey Bear is likely.  All good and clear up valley.

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Chubby in Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Goofball in Orange, green, yellow size 12 & 14
Goddard caddis
Bloom's Para Caddis: Lt Olive, Tan
Goldie Hawn
Micro Frank- yellow sally
Yeager 409
Purple Haze in large sizes (10-12)
Parachute green drake
Bloom's Tung Dart
King Prince
Queen Prince
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug



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Yellowstone River - July 9th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
You can definitely slip behind all the mud from the past several days and go up top to McConnell and be on the going green water!  Fishing will be picking back up once again on the dry fly scene as the river get a good 2-3 feet of vis and green coloration.  Look for the goldenstone thing to be a bit on the wane.  Salmonflies are kaput.  Leaving yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs as the mainstay now. 

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Chubby in Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Goofball in Orange, green, yellow size 12 & 14
Goddard caddis
Bloom's Para Caddis: Lt Olive, Tan
Goldie Hawn
Micro Frank- yellow sally
Yeager 409
Purple Haze in large sizes (10-12)
Parachute green drake
Bloom's Tung Dart
King Prince
Queen Prince
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug



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Yellowstone River - July 6th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
**Newsflash**  Sizable mud plug coming out of the Lamar drainage in the Park due to the intense thunderstorm and heavy rains yesterday and the evening before.  Report first thing this morning is mud from Gardiner to Livingston. 

Heading to the Yellowstone today?  Consider going EAST and staying in front of the mud.  You'll have to go from Springdale down to stay ahead.  Unknown at this point if you can slip behind and go up top to McConnell and be on the going green water as the mud subsides.  Hunch..... doubtful today, maybe tomorrow.

Flies to fling:
Paulsen's Flutter Bug
Morrish Fluttering Stone
Pav's Y'stoner Chubby in Tan, Black
Carnage Stone
Jake's Hot Cakes Salmonfly or Goldenstone
Rubberleg Stimi
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Goofball in Orange, green, yellow
Goddard caddis
Bloom's Para Caddis: Lt Olive, Tan
Goldie Hawn
Micro Frank- yellow sally
Yeager 409
Purple Haze in large sizes (10-12)
Parachute green drake


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Yellowstone River - July 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Happy 4th of July and the Big Bugs are still rolling...
The salmonfly hatch is pretty much on the very upper portion of the river outside the Park.  Gardiner town stretch down to Joe Brown is your best bet.  That said, the Paradise Valley stretch is still fishing well.  Goldenstones, yellow & lime sallies, PMDs and multiple caddis varieties are kicking around.  Watch for the Stone to maybe take a little breather the next few days as the salmonfly glut wears off, but it's still fishing rock solid.  Most folks are still looking to topwater with dry fly fishing being so good.  I'm sure streamer junkies are quietly wreaking havoc as well.  Bobbers?  That's kinda like using water wings to go swimming.....

The heat we've had all week is definitely having an effect on the day's fishing.  Suggestion is to get out there early and catch 'em up when the air temps and water temps are reasonable.  Then find a shady spot and a hammock in the afternoon hours with a cold drink in hand!  Late, late evening hours have been really quite good again once the sun gets off the water (9pm-ish) for evening caddis.

Flies to fling:
Paulsen's Flutter Bug
Morrish Fluttering Stone
Pav's Y'stoner Chubby in Tan, Black
Carnage Stone
Jake's Hot Cakes Salmonfly or Goldenstone
Rubberleg Stimi
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Goofball in Orange, green, yellow
Goddard caddis
Bloom's Para Caddis: Lt Olive, Tan
Goldie Hawn
Micro Frank- yellow sally
Yeager 409
Purple Haze in large sizes (10-12)
Parachute green drake


Open 7 days a week, Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.