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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 34 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 01/13/2015
The Spring Creeks are always a perennial fav for this time of year. Off season winter rates of $40/angler and few other anglers make the spring creeks an inviting place to spend a winter's day.  With the consistent water temps and low ice factor, there's always some bug life hatching.  Midge pupa will the be mainstay but look for slim baeits nymph patterns as well as scuds and possibly leeches as other possibilities to dead drift with.   Longer leaders and lighter tippets than the ones used on the bigger rivers is a norm here on the creeks so be prepared for 5 6 and maybe even 7x. Fishing has been best late morining until mid to late afternoon. The forcast is calling for some continued snow showers but a slight warm up over the next couple of days so fishing sould be good!

Recommended Flies:
Sidewinder midge pupa sz 20-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or olive
Skinny Nelson sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18-22
Rainbow Tan, Olive, Gray Scuds sz 14-18
Parachute Adams sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing emerger BWO sz 18-20

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Madison River - Lower - January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 30 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 01/13/2015
Fishing on the Lower can be another good winter option as it is readily accessible and the trout love to eat a well drifted nymph rig even in the colder months.  There's a good possibility, too, as the month of January moves forward that stronger midge hatches will bring a few fish to the surface.  Hard part on the Lower is that it can be a windy location.  However, get a day that is partly cloudy to cloudy and low wind and it could be a good match!  By and large, the fish are going to be in the "buckets" and the deeper runs.  Look for as much depth as you can find and off speed water.  If you've read the other reports, you'll see that this is a common characteristic of successful winter fishing!  Be consistent and slow with your fishing approach.  One good drift through is not nearly enough.   50 casts?? That's more like it.

Recommended Flies
Clouser Cray sz 8-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Wooly Bugger sz 2-8
San Juan worms in red, pink, purple, orange 6-10
Eggs in pink, orange, light yellow 10-14
Lightning Bug Pearl sz 16-20
FB Pheasant tail sz 12-16
Delekta's Little Spanker sz 16-20
Copper Softy sz 16-18
Psycho Prince sz 16-20
Parachute Adam sz 16-20
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-20

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Madison River - Upper - January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 01/13/2015
Upper Maddy from "between the lakes" down through $3Dollar Bridge has been decent to good as of late.  It's wintertime, so look for the open water that is off speed and preferably with depth for cover.  While you may start to find a few midging fish on the surface in the coming weeks, it's primarily a slow, deep nymphing game.  Midge pupa, small stoneflies, mayflies, san Juans, egg patterns will be the go-to rigs for quite some time yet.  Remember that the "Upper" closes from Lyons Bridge upstream at the end of Feb.
Recommended Flies
Pat's Rubberlegs, Blk/Brn, Brn sz 6-10
Tungsten Twenty-Incher stone sz 10-16
Mangy Caddis Pupa sz 14-16
Psycho Prince sz 14-18
Lightning bug sz 16-20
Serendipity sz 14-18
Flashback PT sz 16-20
McCunes Sculpin sz 4-8
Flash-a-Bugger sz 6-10
Sex Dungeon sz 2
Zonkers sz 4-8
Shelia's Sculpin sz 4

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Yellowstone River - January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 01/13/2015
Winter fishing on the Stone can be a real hit or miss situation.  Not to say it's  a bad choice, it's not at all.  It's the wind situation that will dictate.  We like winter fishing mostly in the areas below where the Paradise Spring Creeks come in.  The water is a touch warmer here and there's a lot less ice built up. Ideal conditions would be mostly overcast with light & variable winds.  Being honest, good luck with that...  Anything from sunny to downright dumping snow is acceptable. Just drop the wind.  If you find yourself without the seemingly ever present winter wind, nymphing the deeper runs that have good off-speed water, you should find the fish podded up pretty well.  Be slow and methodical with your presentations and you should find a bend to your rod fairly consistently.

Recommended Flies
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16
Flashback PT sz 16-18
Copper Bob sz 14-18
San Juans in red, pink, flesh
Zebra Midge Black, Red sz 18
RS2 Olive sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger Olive sz 18-20

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Gallatin River - January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 30 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Gallatin River Fishing Report 01/13/2015
The Gallatin is a good bet for winter fishing.  You'll want to focus primarily on the waters below where the West Fork comes in at the Big Sky Spur Rd and downstream a bit as the spring fed water that comes into the river through this area keeps the river more ice free than other parts.  Other areas to hit will be from Axtell Bridge (Gallatin Gateway) upstream  through the Gallatin River Canyon.  Look for the slow, off speed deep holding water and be very diligent.  The water is very cold and the fish will not move far to eat a fly.  That being said, winter fishing on the Gallatin can at times be outstanding!  Midge,  Baetis and small mayfly attractors nymphs as well as Pat's Rubberleg stoneflies in various colors, San Juans, and small egg paterns will be your best bets. Fishing has been best starting late morning into the afternoon. Look for cloudy conditions for the best fishing.

Recommended Flies

Parachute Adams sz 16-18
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-18
Sparkle Spinner BWO sz 18-22
3 Dollar Dip sz 16-20
Shop Vac sz 16-20
Short Wing Emerger BWO sz 16-20
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Lightning Bugs sz 16-18
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 10-14
Slumpbusters sz 8-10
Zonkers sz 4-8
McCunes Sculpin sz 6
JJ Special sz 6-10

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - November 4th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Snow
  • 25 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone National Park Fishing is now closed until the 3rd Sat in May, 2015

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