Fishing Reports

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 17th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 09/017/14
Not much has changed in the park. The southwest corner will continue to get better with cooler water temperatures. The fish are back in the water but are not running yet. The terrestrial bite has definatley slowed and will taper off in the coming weeks. Look for the mayflies to come off if you get clouds. Fishing should be good sub-surface too swinging soft hackles, streamers, and buggers. Keep in mind the road from Norris to Madison is closed until the end of the month. The northwest has been getting fished pretty hard this summer but continues to fish well. Terrestrials will be a good option in the sun and heat while drakes and smaller mayflies will work with cooler temps and clouds.  

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant tail Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10
Zonkers sz 4-8

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 6th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 09/06/14
We have hit some fall weather which means more fishing options in Yellowstone National Park. The waters in the North East corer are back in shape after a couple of days of mud. The terrestrial bite will be a bit slower with the cooler temps but if it warms up then throw them. Look for the mayflies to come off if you get clouds. The south west area of the park is recording water temps in the low 60's and will be dropping with these cooler nights. Fish should be moving back into the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon rivers. Time to start thinking about swinging soft hackles and streamers for the fish moving up. 

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant tail Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10
Zonkers sz 4-8

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 27th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/27/14
 The fishing in the park is still great! A few cold days and some rain put the rivers off but they are back and fish are hungry. Take a walk through the grass and you will see everything you need to know. Hoppers, ants and beetles in the northwest corner is the ticket if you find the right water. Look for the grassy cut banks, the cutthroats love to wait and ambush any terrestrial falling in. Small attractor mayflies will get fish rising with overcast skies. Still expect to see fellow angler's on the rivers for now and remember to use good river etiquette and the rule of sight if you can.

The Madison drainage water temperatures did drop for a few days when it was cold and rainy but the temps are back up in the high 60's to low 70's. Not a whole lot of fish will be eating in these streams until it cools down for good. We will keep watching those temps and getting ready for the fall!

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/20/14
It is hard to find a bad place to fish in Yellowstone Park right now. Terrestrial fishing in the Northeast corner on Slough creek, Soda Butte creek, the Lamar river, the Yellowstone River, and the countless smaller streams has made for some great days. Gray drakes have been hatching on overcast days along with a host of mayflies that have brought fish up consistently. The crowds should start thinning out over the course of the next week which will mean less pressure and freedom to move around. For now, find a spot and hold your ground or else someone else will.

The Madison drainage water temperatures have started to drop and fishing has picked back up. It isn't fall yet so don't expect lake run fish up the Madison but if you're in the area it'd be worth stopping to make some casts. Look to fish terrestrials and nymphs. Over the course of the upcoming weeks things should really start to get going again and we can't wait!

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/12/14
Check the forecast to make sure it hasn't dumped rain the night before, but pending clear water the fishing is nothing short of excellent. Wether it is hiking into Slough Creek, casting terrestrials on Soda Butte and the Lamar River, or making the trek into remote areas of the Yellowstone River all are fishing well. Early starts mean little competition for prime stretches, but even short walks can yield big rewards. Walk and wade fishing is described in that order for a reason, you've got to walk a bit before you start wading. Fishing in Yellowstone Park provides endless oppurtunity for the adventurous angler with plenty of willing fish waiting around every bend.

The thermally influenced Madison Drainage has reached water temperatures unsuitable for great trout fishing. Best to skip over the Firehole and Madison in the park in favor of parts elsewhere or focus on smaller, cooler running tributaries such as Nez Perce creek. The Upper Gibbon around Norris Junction will continue to fish well but otherwise the swimming and sightseeing will be better than the fishing in the Madison drainage.

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/30/14
The fishing is on! The Lamar Valley as well as the Yellowstone in the Park are in prime condition for summer fishing. Small terrestrials are abundant and Slough Creek, the Soda Butte, the Lamar, and the Yellowstone are all loaded with fish waiting in anticipation of your fly landing on their nose. Hoppers, beetles, and ants have all been producing fish and if you are headed up Slough Creek don't forget your small parachute mayfly patterns. Stripping small streamers on overcast days can also yield great results if fished up against slower, deep cut banks where large cutthroat trout will hide out to escape the heat.

The thermally influenced Madison Drainage has reached water temperatures unsuitable for great trout fishing. Best to skip over the Firehole and Madison in the park in favor of parts elsewhere or focus on smaller, cooler running tributaries such as Nez Perce creek. The Upper Gibbon around Norris Junction will continue to fish well but otherwise the swimming and sightseeing will be better than the fishing in the Madison drainage.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

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