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Yellowstone River - May 9th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 5/9/2015
Still looking pretty muddy on the Yellowstone. The flows have dropped a few thousand cfs these last few days due to cooler temps. We are now running at about 6,000.  The forecast is predicting a continuation of this along with some precipitation at least until Wednesday. We may see a fishing window here in the upcoming days so keep checking in for the latest report.  There are still plenty of fishing options in southwest Montana so don’t get discouraged! Remember that small streams and tributaries open on May 16th and the Yellowstone National Park fishing season starts May 23rd!

Recommended Flies
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Coffee's Sparkel Minnow Lt Olive, Sculpin, sz 6, 8
Bow River Bugger Olive/Black, sz 6, 8


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Madison River - Lower - May 5th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 61 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 5/5/15
We have been hearing that even with high pressure from anglers the lower has continued to fish really well. Fish are being taken on drys and subsurface. Caddis adult and emergers along with baetis are good dry patterns to try. Nymph stages of these bugs along with wire worms, crayfish, and buggers are all good sub surface patterns. This is also a great time to streamer fish! Be respectful to your fellow anglers and good luck!

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
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
Elk Hair Caddis sz 16, 18
Sparkle Pupa Tan, sz 16, 18
Sculpzilla, Natural sz 6, 8
Sparkle Minnow, Sculpin sz 6


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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 4th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 5/4/2015
The baeits and midge fishing on the creeks has been good. The dry dropper rig with a 12 ft leader and light (at least 6x) tippet is a great set up. When you get to the creek take a minute and observe. See where the fish are eating and approach with caution. In between hatches you may have some good fishing on small ant and beetle patterns. The weather has been more summer like these last few days so don't count the terrestrials out. A great time to be on the creeks and test your skills when the Yellowstone is muddy!

Recommended Flies:
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or Red
Skinny Nelson sz 20
RS2 olive 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, 20
Parachute BWO sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge, olive, black sz 18, 20
Loop Wing Emerger, BWO sz 18, 20
PT nymph sz 18, 20


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Yellowstone River - May 2nd, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 71 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

Yellowstone River Fishing Report 5/2/2015
Looks like runoff is here to stay. The fishing will be tough to impossible for the next few weeks and most likely until the end of June. If it gets cold enough we may have another fishing window but the forecast is calling for warmer temps throughout the week. The river is continually on the rise with muddy water coming from the Lamar. Caddis can still be found along the banks. If you can find the bugs with some relatively calm water you may be able to get a few on the dry fly still. If you are set on fishing the Yellowstone you might have to throw something big and dark. You will have to get lucky and hit a fish on the nose but nothing is impossible. There are still plenty of fishing options in southwest Montana so don’t get discouraged! Remember that small streams and tributaries open on May 16th and the Yellowstone National Park fishing season starts May 23rd!

Recommended Flies
Elk Hair Caddis tan sz 14, 16, 18
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Coffee's Sparkel Minnow Lt Olive, Sculpin, sz 6, 8
Bow River Bugger Olive/Black, sz 6, 8


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Yellowstone River - April 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 4/29/2015
Well it has been a very interesting couple of days here on the Yellowstone. Water clarity is limited but enough for the fish to see the Caddis! Lots of bugs have been spotted just above town and into the Paradise Valley. Dry dropper rigs with Caddis pupa is the way to go in the afternoons and evenings when the bugs start hatching. Duing the morning and early afternoon deep nymphing and streamers are the way to go. We are seeing some spikes in the streamflow graphs which means more mud is a possibility. We will have to wait and see.

Recommended Flies
Elk Hair Caddis tan sz 14, 16, 18
Sparkle Pupa tan sz 14, 16
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
Flashback PT sz 16-18
Copper Bob sz 14-18
Zebra Midge Black, Red sz 18
BWO parachute sz 18, 20
Parachute Adams sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge Olive, Black sz 18, 20
Kinsey's Rusty Parachute sz 14, 16
RS2 Olive sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger Olive sz 18-20
Coffee's Sparkel Minnow Lt Olive, Sculpin, sz 6, 8
Bow River Bugger Olive/Black, sz 6, 8


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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 24th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 4/24/2015
Two words, Spring Baetis! The fishing on the creeks has been sensational with hatchs of Baetis and Midges. Fish key in on these bugs and are eating off the surface. The last few days have been warm making these bugs pop! Cloudy today which makes for perfect fishing conditions. Since the Yellowstone is muddy this is where I would be. A great way to stay away from the crowds too! Inbetween hatchs using midge larva and baetis nymphs will still produce fish. Good luck out there!

Recommended Flies:
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or Red
Skinny Nelson sz 20
RS2 olive 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, 20
Parachute BWO sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge, olive, black sz 18, 20
Loop Wing Emerger, BWO sz 18, 20
PT nymph sz 18, 20

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