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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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/25/14
Word is out fishing in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone Park is great right now so expect some crowds but also great fishing. The mudplugs of the past few days have pushed through and Slough Creek, the Soda Butte, the Lamar River, the Yellowstone River, and countless tributaries are all fishing well. Bug hatches have been strong-- expect to see flavilinea green drakes, stoneflies, PMDs, and caddis on the water with some excellent terrestrial fishing making up the rest of the bug acitivty. Load up your fly box with a wide variety as weather conditions vary and dictate the daily hatches.

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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/16/14
The Yellowstone drainage rivers including Slough Creek, the Lamar River, the Soda Butte, Tower Creek, and the Yellowstone River have all reached flows and clarity suitable for fishing. Afternoon storms can have major immediate effects on the water but pending cooperation from the weather, the fishing is great. Small parachutes, green drakes, caddis, and small terrestrials have all taken fish. If you are still on the hunt for big bugs, head to the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River for some action. From here on out expect the fishing to be good in the Northeast corner. Pick a piece of water, explore around the next bend, and be rewarded with some great fishing.

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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/9/14
The Yellowstone drainage in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park is quickly falling into shape. The Lamar above the Soda Butte is fishing well with smaller parachute dries and terrestrial patterns. Slough Creek is slightly stained but 3 feet of visibilty means the fish don't mind and are ready to eat. The Soda Butte is still pushing some mud so best to fish other water in the area. The salmonflies have made their way up to Yellowstone and a trek into the Black Canyon will certainly yeild eager fish ready to eat large dries. The Gardner River right inside the entrance has continued to provide excellent stonefly fishing throughout its length. It is a good time to fish the Park as pressure is not high and the fish are willing.

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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/3/14
The sun is out, the Lamar Valley rivers are clearing up, and salmonflies are out on the Gardner river! Fishing the pocket water section of the lower Gardner with big dries has made for some all day excitement and green drake hatches on cooler days add to the fun. Focus on any water that is moving just a bit slower than the main current as even the big fish will sneak into the smallest pockets.

Slough Creek, the Lamar River, and the Soda Butte are running a bit high and are still stained but starting to fish well. We are still a week away from red-hot fishing but for those passing through the area and looking to get a line wet, look to the Lamar Valley for some fishing. Small parachute flies are the ticket up on Slough Creek and yellow sallies, green drakes, stoneflies, and smaller terrestrials will make up the fish-fare elsewhere.

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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:
Cooler temps has meant a larger window of oppurtunity to fish the hydrothermal-western half of Yellowstone National Park and while river temperatures are on the rise, the fishing remains good in the entire Madison drainage. The Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison proper are all fishing well with consistent hatches of PMDs and Caddisflies. Fishing the faster moving water has been the best strategy and the dry-fly fishing remains great. The cooler flowing tributaries are starting to fill up with fish so consider poking around some of these creeks if you're headed that way.

The Gardner river has been fishing well and provided a great, closer-to-home option. Nymphing with larger stonefly imitations along inside seams and in the pocket water is a good strategy.

The Gallatin river in the park is also fishing well. The water clarity is improving by the day but the fish don't seem to mind the milky flows. Nymphing with stoneflies, caddisflies, and attractors has made for some stellar days.

Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Madison doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. The heavy-high elevation snowpack has kept the Lamar, Sodabutte, Slough Creek, and other tributaries high and dirty and they will remain so for another few weeks.

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
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
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.