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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. 



 
Yellowstone River - April 2nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Downright awesome early spring conditions continue to be the case this week.  For those of you who didn't get out over the Easter weekend, too bad!  Sun, sun, and more sun plus temperature readings in the low 60s has made being on the water MOST pleasant.  That and a direct lack of "W".....shhhh, I won't say the word.... has anglers grinning.  The fishing isn't bad either!  Water temps are on the increase and with it, fish activity.  We're getting good to very good reports from a lot of anglers.  Fish have moved some from the winter type super slow, super deep depths to more mid-line areas and even up into some faster runs.  Still not summer type locales, but certainly into more active water.  Bugs, too, have become increasingly present.  Lots of midges.  Some baetis sprinkled in there as well.  Tough on those dudes though as bright as it has been.  Watch- first couple days we get a cooling trend and some good clouds, those blue wings will begin to pop!  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.  Dry fly activity has been mixed.  Again, agressive sunshine has the fish holding off from chowing hard on top.  Get the clouds + bugs = surface activity increase.  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!

People have been asking about if there's still ice on any of the boat ramps.  The answer is finally- pretty much NO!  Loch Leven has had a big ice dam chunk sitting there, but in the past few days, has all but gone bye-bye.  Everything else is good to go.  DO 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 - March 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper valley freeing itself of the huge ice shelfs and sheer ice walls of wintertime.  Last week's warm weather helped quite a bit.  Still not 100% gone, the ice is retreating making this area more appealing to fish.  Focus on winter water.  Depth and speed are very important.  As in- find the deepest and most off speed water you can.  That's where the fish will be!  Reports of some fish up on midges.  Also, good nymphing.  Start deep in the midday times and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up. 

Elsewhere along the river:  Through Town of Livingston section has been seeing good fishing.  On the days that the conditions allow- low to no wind and some good overcast helps, fish have been obliging.  Had word that there were some early Baetis mixed in with the midges the past few days.  Good News!

It is primarily a nymphing game.  Middle day on through mid to late afternoon seems to be the time that fish are most active.  Seek out the deep slow moving runs and be patient.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  Shop will be opening full time very soon.



 
Yellowstone River - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Don't forget to renew your Montana Fishing & Hunting licneses for the year! Today marks the beginning of the season. 

What to say about the Stone?  Mid-valley is still pretty packed with Bank Ice.  You won't be putting in or taking out a boat for a while yet in this area of Paradise.  However, those willing to scramble down off the head-height or taller ice jams left along both banks, you may actually find some trout in the slower moving, deeper runs. 

Elsewhere along the river:  Through Town of Livingston section has been seeing good fishing.  Though it may be hard to stand upright or cast with the wind.  What can you do?  Keep trying!  On the days that the conditions allow- low to no wind and some good overcast helps, fish have been obliging.  Way up in the valley above Emigrant, you won't see the huge shelf ice that the mid-valley is packed with and the wind, while honking pretty good, may not be quite as bad as down in town.  Fish are there as well.

It is primarily a nymphing game.  Middle day on through mid to late afternoon seems to be the time that fish are most active.  Seek out the deep slow moving runs and be patient.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  See you in March!