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Yellowstone River - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
3 days of sun now and climbing daytime temps (heading toward 80 today) and well, guess what?  Yeah, runoff has resumed.  River conditions are deteriorating rather rapidly.  Just like the rise in flow.  It's to be expected and frankly, relieving!  So, for now, the Stone is on the X list once again.  Give it a couple weeks though and we'll hopefully be right back on.


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



 
Yellowstone River - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Who woulda Thunk?  The Stone is very fishable and is in a good flow range right now. AND still dropping!! More cool, wet weather has the high country snow locked back up and actually on the increase leading to runoff abatement.  Literally, it's like the faucet was just turned off.  We wont' complain as the fishing has steadily improved.

Streamers have been the big word.  Big and nasty isn't the only word on this component however.  But certainly those Home Invaders, Articulated Sex Dungeons and the like are turning some rather large Yellowstone brown trout!  Backup?  Bugger n Bead beneath an indy is going just fine.....

Beyond this- long term we're still very much not in the peak flow area at all.  As soon as the warmer temps and sun come back, it's a good bet that the Stone is going to jump again and be bank full.  Best guess of peak flow for this week was off, so it's really hard to stick our neck out any more and say we'll be on the river the last week in June.  However, when we do get on, we'll  be ready for SALMONFLIES!


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



 
Yellowstone River - May 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with rain
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Dropping, droppping, dropping....... cool, wet, and rainy weather has the Stone actually coming back around!  I'm not saying it's great or anything but it's close enough I'd bet that you can get 'er done out there right now.  Foot plus visibility along the edges is making me think that dark streamers dropped into the right areas will get whacked!

Beyond this- long term we're still very much not in the peak flow area at all.  As soon as the warmer temps and sun come back, it's a good bet that the Stone is going to jump again and be bank full.  Guessing peak to be around the first week in June.  Next guess is that we'll be on the river the last ween in June and ready for SALMONFLIES!


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



 
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. 

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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.