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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


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Yellowstone River - June 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Salmonflies!!!  It's official- they are on the river in big numbers and the trout are on them!  We've had reports of the heaviest concentration just below the fly shop here in Emigrant. From around Mill Creek bridge to the Yellowstone's Edge RV park/Grey Owl Access area.  The willows are thick with them!  And we've had reports that they've popped up by Point of Rocks too.  Not untypical of the salmonflies to jump like that.  Reports were that fishing has been "stupid good" all through the area with large bushy dries and not just salmonfly patterns.  Fish are keyed on the large sedges and caddis that have been coming off for the past week plus.  Adding to it is the salmonflies, goldenstones, little yellow sallies and in cases, the western green drakes.   I was asked today about what streamers to use.  Hate to say that I commented back: why?  With topwater fishing like this, I'm not looking to pull junk.....  But if you did, just saying, black would probably be a good choice.

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
Snowshoe Caddis
Goldie Hawn
Micro Frank- yellow sally
Yeager 409
Purple Haze in large sizes (10-12)
Parachute green drake


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Yellowstone River - June 21st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
We went from going green to Game On!  Flows are edging downward and the clarity just keeps getting better and better.  On tap for the weekend ahead- great fishing on the Yellowstone.  Salmonflies are not out as of yet. Look for them to be coming on in the next week or so.  They will start to show around Loch Leven and progress upriver with the highest concentrations from Point of Rocks upriver to the Park boundary.  You should have the next 2 weeks to get on them.  In the meantime, the large caddis hatches continue and the fish are really in love with eating them.  Also hatching, there are some goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and with the right overcast, slightly rainy afternoons you'll see green drakes. Tomorrow's weather looks to be on the cool side and wet again.  However, after that we move into a more sunny and warmer pattern

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Yellowstone River - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are right on the edge right now.  We're OH so close.  Early you ask?  MMmmm, well, yeah, just a little.  But with the way things have been this spring and early summer, it's not that overly surprising. 

Take a look at the past 4 days flow charts and you can see that with the cool weekend, the Stone has dropped like a rock.  Runoff just doesn't seem to have the punch it had last week.  Guessing, looking at the Magic 8-ball, things are looking like we're going to be fishing here real quick.

When we do.....  2 schools of thought.  Streamers and salmonflies!  Reality is that IF we do get a sustained clearing (currently a legit 16 inches) and "going green"  fish are going to be on the prowl.  A well placed streamer IS going to turn some heads.  And with the time of season, we're right there with the salmonflies....  We'll be here to let you know the where and when!


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