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Yellowstone River - May 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The flows on the Yellowstone have crossed 30,000 CFS, that means more cottonwood trees floating down the river than boats out fishing. With the river high and brown it's a good time to explore other waters in the area or maybe catch a soak at Chico Hot Springs. Fishing the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks and Yellowstone Park are two great options. Check back in throughout the upcoming weeks for the latest updates on Yellowstone River conditions. We're just as anxious to get out on the Yellowstone as you!

Recommended flies:
Forget the flies and bring an axe to clear the trees!

Weather:
Warm temps and blue skies

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Yellowstone River - May 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I think we're back in business.  Least for now....  Check out our blog for a visual, but I call that $$$.  Water temps are considerably downgraded from the mid 50s that we hit last week.  Which is what brought on the caddis.  There's still a few around, but by and large, we're back to prime baetis water and coming on should be March Browns.  Yelly kinda blew right through the Browns.  Hoping we actually get a good solid 4 or 5 days of those this time (pipe dreaming??)  Otherwise, right now it's pretty much all about tossing junk.  Either big-ass streamers that move water (not necessarily ones with a engine crankshaft for weight.....) or about the chunky rubberlegs and a bobber as well as sizable (meaty) droppers.  Where are the caddis? Not froze out, but close....  Though we need some heat to get them cranked back up.  But if we get heat..... we get mud again. Careful what you ask for!


 Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 2
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Dolly-Lama Pink/Flesh sz 2** just try it
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 12-18
FB PT 12-18
RL Hare's Ear 12-14
Mangy Caddis 14-16
Prince, King Prince 12-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20
Parachute Hare's Ear 12-16
Ausable Wulff 12-14
Royal Wulff 12-16
Para Adams 12-18
Purple Haze 12-18



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



 
Yellowstone River - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Yo-Yo Stone it is (again).  This week has been a roller coaster ride for sure!  Last week's window was shut about as fast as it happened.  And of course, it happened right when the caddis started to come and fish were looking for them.  We witnessed the river tripling in size in just as many days and it was more likely the cottonwood hatch was underway.  However, 4 days of cold weather and this river was back on the list.  Is it perfect?  Heck no!  Is it fishable? Heck Yeah!  At 5k, it's "big" compared to what we've been dealing with. Let's fast forward 2 1/2 months from now and (hopefully) we'll be looking a 5-6k again and saying WOW isn't this great..... so it's all about perspective!  Right now, it's pretty much all about tossing junk.  Either big-ass streamers that move water (not necessarily ones with a engine crankshaft for weight.....) or about the BIG rubberlegs and a bobber as well as sizable (meaty) droppers.  Yes, March Browns are around.  So are the caddis.  Though we need some heat to get them cranked back up.  But if we get heat..... we get mud again. Careful what you ask for!


 Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 2
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Dolly-Lama Pink/Flesh sz 2** just try it
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 12-18
FB PT 12-18
RL Hare's Ear 12-14
Mangy Caddis 14-16
Prince, King Prince 12-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20
Parachute Hare's Ear 12-16
Ausable Wulff 12-14
Royal Wulff 12-16
Para Adams 12-18
Purple Haze 12-18



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



 
Yellowstone River - April 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Great looking day out there on the Stone today.  Water is finally on that good side of things having spent the better part of the last week in the Meh, not worth it realm.  We'd say it's now or not.  While still olive in general color, there's 2 feet plus here in the upper valley.  And it may not get a whole lot better.

Not much has changed here.  The gameplan would be to start out with streamers and either stick with it if you are getting the goods.  Or work the deep nymph rig in the AM with the possiblity of moving to dries or "short leash" nymphing once things are warmed up more.  AM streamer colors have varied a little bit but staying dark seems pretty good.  Blacks, olives, dark neutral colors have been catching fish.  Midday through the afternoon lighter, flashier stuff has been catching.  On the nymphing side, rubberlegs are staple.  Add your choice of smaller beadhead. 

On the hatch scene- it's baetis around midday.  AND- hold your breath- yes!  March Browns have been starting and get this- had reports of caddis today as well.  Hmm- think someone is just really really wanting it to happen!  But it could be.  Typically the March Browns precede the caddis by at least a few days and fish get on them pretty well.  Just because there have been caddis seen does not mean that the trout just magically are on them.... 

Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 2
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 12-18
FB PT 12-18
RL Hare's Ear 12-14
Mangy Caddis 14-16
Prince, King Prince 12-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20
Parachute Hare's Ear 12-16
Ausable Wulff 12-14
Royal Wulff 12-16
Para Adams 12-18
Purple Haze 12-18



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



 
Yellowstone River - April 24th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Meh--- in the zone of whether you really want to go or not.... Water clarity is a big issue right now and may well be through the weekend.  Hoping the cooler weather will lock things back up in the Park and the mud quits.  However, while colder, we're supposed to get precip.  Both rain and more snow in the higher elevations.  Water temps have really chilled out and with it the hatch activity ..  Fish are sluggish again and between the lack of decently clean water and the cold temps, it's a coin toss whether or not to fish
Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 4
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 14-18
FB PT 16-18
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20



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



 
Yellowstone River - April 10th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Temps are picking up.  Both air and water.  With that fishing has been getting good.  However, too much of a good thing may have the river blowing out.  Still in the game for now....

A gameplan would be to start out with streamers and move to dries or "short leash" nymphing once things are warmed up more.  AM streamer colors have varied a little bit but staying dark seems pretty good.  Blacks, olives, dark neutral colors have been catching fish.  Midday through the afternoon lighter, flashier stuff has been catching.  On the nymphing side, rubberlegs are staple.  Add your choice of smaller beadhead.   On the hatch scene- it's midges and baetis.  Blue winged olives are loving the cloudier days and typically have been popping sometime in the early PM hours if it's going to happen.

Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 4
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 14-18
FB PT 16-18
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20



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