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Yellowstone River - September 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting a little tired of Same ol- Same ol stuff.  A few clouds and T-boomers have been adding some flavor to otherwise hot and sunny conditions.  River is holding fine, no more mudplugs so peeps are spread out for sure.  It's a little quieter now after Labor Day weekend.  Not that it was super busy on the long weekend by any stretch.  AM action on small-ish parachutes in the rusty as well as purple coloration still doing pretty good.  Mahoganies are hanging around a bit & the fish are still willing to eat a well presented parachute.  The hopper thing seems to have died just a bit.  And the midnight stones are pretty well kaput.  What's left?  Ants and beetles have been good pretty much start to finish.  Sure would be good to see some real fall weather move in... Going down?  Under the bobber is still a good choice if you can't get 'em to eat on top.  Go to is still an olive bugger (goblin) or on Pat's Rubberlegs in brown, tan/brown, orange/brown as well as olive.  Adding a spicy little dropper has also ramped up the counts.  Both whitey as well as some good trout. 

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


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Yellowstone River - August 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
A little cool-off, then heating back up.  That's the word anyways.  Been seeing good AM action on small-ish parachutes in the rusty as well as purple coloration lately.  Mahoganies are out and the fish seem to like them.  You can get some fish to eat smaller hoppers through the midday.  Ants and beetles have been good pretty much start to finish.  Going down?  Under the bobber has been consistently good on Pat's Rubberlegs in brown, tan/brown, orange/brown as well as olive.  Adding a spicy little dropper has also ramped up the counts.  Both whitey as well as some good trout. 

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


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Yellowstone River - August 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
We're definitely in the "heart" of summer August fishing now and terrestrials pretty much rule the day.  Mornings are the good hours to be on the water.  Most guide trips have been getting an early start with 7AM common.  Dawn patrol dudes are hitting it as early as 5:30.  With the days getting shorter, 5:30 is pretty darn dark.  Reports have been mixed.  Some streamers are getting whacked decently in the early hours.  So are big foamy dries.  One thing you can count on however, is that things are pretty well dying by 3PM.  So get that early on-early off gig going and go have fun while the air and water are cool(er).

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Morrish Hopper- we likey pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
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
Shiela


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Yellowstone River - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Let's see Warm, Sunny and breezy! Yep it's August, that means
Hoppers ,ants & beetles!
As the days heat up and bring that afternoon wind
all the land born insects want to cool off with a nice dip in the Yellowstone, Big Mistake cause Mr. Brown, Mr. Rainbow and Especially Mr. Cutthroat are waiting for a nice mid day snack!!
It also means kids are headed back to school soon!
So it's time to get to the river and throw some terrestrials!
Fall is just around the corner!

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Morrish Hopper- we likey pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
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
Shiela


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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


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