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Yellowstone River - May 7th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
How things change in a hurry!  Weekend saw good to great fishing depending upon where you were.  Yes caddis.  And everything else too.  Today- crap.  Blown.  Chunky.  Cottonwood hatch in full force.  Time to turn focus to Madison for a bit before it goes.  Word is that the Gallatin is on its way out as well. 

Bye Yellowstone River.  See you in Late June.  Already looking forward to it.....


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Yellowstone River - May 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
100 Questions:  What's hatching?

Answer: Everything you would expect the week going into Mother's Day!  Midges- check, Baetis-check, March Browns-check, and Caddis.

Solid emergence 2 days in a row now east of Livingston and yesterday saw pretty good numbers in/around town as well.  Enough so that the fish definitely got on them and were happy.  Today's mixed clouds and not too warm temps should see more bugs popping by lunchtime and the hatch going through the afternoon. 

How to run the day: start middle depth in the morning.  And word- you don't have to be out there much before 10AM.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy is a good way to get going.  Find deeper buckets and runs off the back of riffles.  Then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by early afternoon as the caddis pupa, baetis nymphs, and March Brown nymps start to become active. Or run a March Brown or Caddis dry and a 2 foot dropper is another good way to roll.  Once you start seeing solid emergence, you'll see fish consistenly on top.  Roll the double dry or dry-soft hackle without a bead rig for the remainder of the day.  Just there are fish going nuts doesn't mean you don't have to get a good drift....... 
DO NOT FORGET THE RIVER IS CLOSED TO FLOATING below Mayor's due to  KPRK bridge work. 

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



 
Yellowstone River - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Todays word: W-I-N-D!  Yeah, like that's just what you wanted to hear..... Spring in MT.  One day it's too hot, the next too cold and blowing like he**.  Not that we have much to do about controlling that!  Bear it out for the day and hope tomorrow's change is tolerable.

How to run the day: start deep in the morning hours and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by afternoon.  On a good day, there will be a respectable hatch that will have the fish up on top.  Dry flies only or dry/dropper rigs will work just fine.  Look at the fish feeding and try to discern if they are on mayflies or midges.  Both are present now. The foam holes and back eddies have been the most productive areas during the hatch times from 1-5.  How bout streamers then?  Some days are good even in the bright conditions.  You just have to roll with your choices of what to huck.  Black, Olive, White are traditional--- and they still work!

Pay heed to the fact that the river is basically closed off to floating from Mayor's to 89 right now with the KPRK bridge work.  You DO NOT want to try floating through the bridges now!  FWP/State/TU/Anglers/Shops etc all working on an alternate so that we can fish from just below the bridges downstream and we will keep folks informed of how that progresses.


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



 
Yellowstone River - April 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny.  Warm temps have returned.  With it, you can bet that the snowpack that we added to by several feet last week and even earlier this week, is going to be coming out.  River levels are going to be rising and guess that the clear water is going to dirty up some.  How much remains to be seen.  On the fishing, as bright as it's been, AM hours before the sun is high overhead have been OK.  Through the PM until the sun level drops, it's been tough.  There hasn't been nearly as much bug hatch activity as we'd like to see.  Late PM has been picking back up decently.  All this may be short lived though as there's supposed to be a cold front (clouds, cooler weather) returning by late this weekend.

How to run the day: start deep in the morning hours and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by afternoon.  On a good day, there will be a respectable hatch that will have the fish up on top.  Dry flies only or dry/dropper rigs will work just fine.  Look at the fish feeding and try to discern if they are on mayflies or midges.  Both are present now. The foam holes and back eddies have been the most productive areas during the hatch times from 1-5.  How bout streamers then?  Some days are good even in the bright conditions.  You just have to roll with your choices of what to huck.  Black, Olive, White are traditional--- and they still work!

Pay heed to the fact that the river is basically closed off to floating from Mayor's to 89 right now with the KPRK bridge work.  You DO NOT want to try floating through the bridges now!  FWP/State/TU/Anglers/Shops etc all working on an alternate so that we can fish from just below the bridges downstream and we will keep folks informed of how that progresses.


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



 
Yellowstone River - April 20th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Middle ground this weekend.  Not last week's snow, but not really all that warm and sunny either.  Nothing wrong with that!  AM hours still pretty tough.  Once lunchtime hits, however, you should start seeing a few more bugs.  Certianly this is increased with the cloud cover and lack of wind.  Broken clouds are good.  Would love to see a warmish day with full cloud cover though.  May not get it. 

How to run the day: start deep in the morning hours and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up.  5-6 feet from first fly to Indy then moving that bobber down to 2-3 feet by afternoon.  On a good day, there will be a respectable hatch that will have the fish up on top.  Dry flies only or dry/dropper rigs will work just fine.  Look at the fish feeding and try to discern if they are on mayflies or midges.  Both are present now. The foam holes and back eddies have been the most productive areas during the hatch times from 1-5.  How bout streamers then?  Some days are good even in the bright conditions.  You just have to roll with your choices of what to huck.  Black, Olive, White are traditional--- and they still work!

Pay heed to the fact that the river is basically closed off to floating from Mayor's to 89 right now with the KPRK bridge work.  You DO NOT want to try floating through the bridges now!  FWP/State/TU/Anglers/Shops etc all working on an alternate so that we can fish from just below the bridges downstream and we will keep folks informed of how that progresses.


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



 
Yellowstone River - April 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Icy, rain or snow
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Someone brought back Winter!  Warm sunny days replaced once again with cool, no cold and downright wintry like days starting today and lasting for the next couple days.  Snow is possible even down in the valley.  With this, the river is going to start dropping instead of rising.  Good.  Also, with the clouds, chances are baetis will be showing up. So, what to do and where:  Depth and speed are still very important.  Middle deep (2-4feet) as well as the super deep are holding fish now.  And you can a little more speed, but still looking for that true "off speed" not direct fast current to target the trout.   Nymphing is always the most consistent.  Start deep in the morning hours and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up.  7-9 feet from first fly to Indy then moving that bobber down to 3-5 feet by afternoon.  How bout streamers then?  Some days are good even in the bright conditions.  You just have to roll with your choices of what to huck.  Black, Olive, White are traditional--- and they still work!

Pay heed to the fact that the river is basically closed off to floating from Mayor's to 89 right now with the KPRK bridge work.  You DO NOT want to try floating through the bridges now!  FWP/State/TU/Anglers/Shops etc all working on an alternate so that we can fish from just below the bridges downstream and we will keep folks informed of how that progresses.


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