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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!



 
Yellowstone River - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Have a Spooktacular Halloween!  Today marks the last the day flyshop will be open for a while this fall.  We'll be closing from regular hours starting tomorrow Nov 1.  It's time for us all to get a little fall enjoyment of our own.  There's fishing to be sure.  As well as maybe hunting up and elk or a deer or two.  We'll be around some days so if you see the lights on, you are welcome to drop in.  Our reports are going to be dropping in regularity as well. 

So, here goes.  For the rest of the fall this is pretty much what you can expect:  AM will be slow.  Starting around 11 or so, you can likely nymph 'em up to a degree.  What hatch there is (baetis are slowing, it's mostly midges) will be mid day onward till 5P or so.  Best bets will be streamer fishing or the short leash nymph technique of putting a pinch on indy or small thingamabobber on your leader about 3 feet above a decently size BH nymph and then your best baetis nymph, midge pupa or small softhackle behind that.  Fish are  in the likely spots.  Look for riffle water that gives way to off speed & deeper runs.  Foam holes too!  Find these and you'll be in biz.


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



 
Yellowstone River - October 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Another good day in store for us today!  Last week's snotty weather cleared out for the weekend and things have warmed back up to some degree.  The sun is only going to peek through at intervals today.  With the warmth coming back to a degree and the clouds, look for baetis to be back in action.  The wind isn't supposed to be too terribly bad either.  Main hatch activity will be mid day onward till 5P or so.  Leading up to that, best bets will be streamer fishing or the short leash nymph technique of putting a pinch on indy or small thingamabobber on your leader about 3 feet above a decently size BH nymph and then your best baetis nymph or softhackle behind that.  Fish are stacked in the likely spots.  Look for riffle water that gives way to off speed deeper runs.  Foam holes too!  Find these and you'll be in biz.

Flies to Fling:

PMX in royal or orange 12-14 (Oct caddis)
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 16-18
Parachute Adams sz 16-20
Purple Haze, Olive Haze sz 16-18
Andy's Cripple 18-20
BWO comparadun 16-20
King Prince Nymph size 16 -great point fly in short leash
Olive serendipity size 18
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 16-20
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-18
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow
Home Invader natural size 2
Granato's Sasquatch


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - October 4th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Icy, rain or snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Where'd Summer Go?  Big time changes hitting the rivers yesterday and today.  Gone are the endless sunny skies and 80 degree days.  Quickly replaced with heavy clouds and cold weather.  Even a few snow flakes down here in the valley.  Up high in the mountains, there's been a good snow dusting to be sure!  With that- what we're fishing just changed as fast as the weather!  Baetis, baetis, baetis, midges. And did we say baetis?  Look for your mornings to be very cold and uneccessary right now (unless you are the macho type who just has to be out there....) In the mid-AM, plan on 1 of 2 systems.  Either the nymph rig or streamer rig.  Nymphing you can go 2 ways with your setup.  Deeper or "short leash" with the second setup mostly likely to be increasingly productive as you get closer to any hatch activity.  Once bugs are active and coming off pretty good, it'll be up to you whether or not to keep short leash nymphing or switch to dries.  And from there it's roll on, brother!  Course, you could stay with the big junk and strip streamers all day.  Just saying...

Flies to Fling:

PMX in royal or orange 12-14 (Oct caddis)
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 16-18
Parachute Adams sz 16-20
Purple Haze, Olive Haze sz 16-18
Andy's Cripple 18-20
BWO comparadun 16-20
King Prince Nymph size 16 -great point fly in short leash
Olive serendipity size 18
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 16-20
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-18
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow
Home Invader natural size 2
Granato's Sasquatch


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!