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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
If we could only get in the Park....... Gov't shutdown continues to frustrate anglers looking to fish the Park waters.  I'm sure it'd be good in there.  Rangers are not to be messed with!  If they catch you entering Park waters from walking up places like the Yellowstone river outside the Park or the Madison from Baker's Hole and entering Park territory, expect a hefty $500 fine and tresspassing violation.  BUNK JUNK!!!!
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
We like the mixed clouds and chances of PM showers.  Watch the temps though as if the weather comes in as predicted, they'll surely drop a bit.  Have multiple layers you can add/shed depending! Otherwise, same game as it has been.  Midges throughout the day will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis should make a showing and likely be coming off in the early to mid afternoon hours.  Perhaps intensifying if a heavier cloud cover comes in.  Fish will still key on the baetis nymphs that will be found in the water columns.  Short leash nymphing with 6x and small zebra midges, sawyer pts, softhackle pts, tailwater tiny's, sow bugs, scuds, little flossy san juans, and the like will do well.  Never underestimate a small-ish black or olive bunny fur streamer (love the slumbuster!) when nothing else seems to be working.....
 
Yellowstone River - October 9th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Good to great fishing awaits you on the Stone right now.  Definitely quieting down around here.  On the people front that is.  The river has started to come back alive as far as we're concerned.  Yeah, sure, the AM is or can be a bit slow to get going.  Not a whole lot has changed in the past few days, really. So most anglers are either stripping streamers or going underneath with rubberlegs and droppers till things warm up a bit.  Afternoons have been showing a smattering of baetis* and fish have been up on top once those appear.  The asterisk is cuz the hatch has been weather dependant.  More clouds, not a lot of wind and there's more bugs which in turn equals more dry fly opportunities.  Sunny and/or windy and the hatch is considerably toned down.

Flies to consider flinging:


Wilcox's JC Special- olive, pheasant tail sizes 12-14
Royal Wulff- all sizes
Ausable Wulff- 12/14s
Para Wulff- Adams, BWO, purple, H&L- 12-18
Patriot 14/16
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan 12/14
Purple Haze sizes 12-18
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone 6, 8, 10
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart 14
Copper Softy 12-16
Lightning bug- silver, mirage, purple, gold 14-18
PT's- soft hackle, flashback, tungsten-they all work! 14-20
Lil Spanker- olive, PT 16/18
Bubbleback BWO 16-20
Copper John- copper, red, black 16-20
Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4
Home Invader- black, brown 2
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive 4,8
Bow river bugger- olive/black, olive 4-8
Goblin RL 6-10
Shiela 4


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Madison River - Upper - October 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Very respectable reports coming from the Upper.  Least, that's what we had before the wind.  Hasn't been too many folks out there the past 3 days with the 40-50MPH blow we've experienced!  Cool water and a sense of fall urgency has the Upper fishing very well all through the day now.  Not much has changed as far as what to throw. There's a few fish that will eat the dry.  Especially if we have a good baetis hatch and bugs are on the water.  Fish will be looking up in certain protected lines and eddies.  However, nymphing as well as stripping streamers continues to be the most productive means of putting a bend in the rod.  Rubberlegs, bunny fur, and san juans are all good choices out front.  And add your favorite Maddy small beadhead on back.  Fished about 5-7 feet under an indy. Or without and on a tight line barely creeping along.  Both methods have been good.

 
Madison River - Lower - October 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
On the Lower Maddy, things have been pretty solid.  There's sure to be a few more people out floating as well as wade fishing here as the Yelly is once again blown out.  Regardless, fishing on the Lower is one of the better choices right now.  Yes, there are some baetis that have been coming off.  Been so darn windy the past 3 days though, it's been pointless to even try to fling a dry fly.  However, that may very well change today.  Pods of fish should be willing to eat the little green bugs that will be hatching in the early afternoon hours.  Otherwise, standard Lower Maddy fare of "short leash" bobbers and bugs are your go-to bet.  Crays, buggers, bunny fur and san juans with small glittery bright bling droppers has it's share of followers.  Key in on the weedbed edges, buckets, and noticeable deeper slots.  Plenty of 10-15 inch bows n browns to keep you busy. And a few of the biggies are showing too.


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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - October 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good luck in entering the Park today!  Gov't shutdown!  "Sorry folks, Park's closed!"  Where's Clark Griswold when you need him????  Let's hope that D.C. can get their S*** together and end this silliness!