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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Spring is starting.  Least we think so.  We're hoping that today will be a nice day to be on the spring creeks.  Maybe the wind will behave?  Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back BWO Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle baetis18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla

Call anytime 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Don't forget to renew your Montana Fishing & Hunting licneses for the year! Today marks the beginning of the season. 

What to say about the Stone?  Mid-valley is still pretty packed with Bank Ice.  You won't be putting in or taking out a boat for a while yet in this area of Paradise.  However, those willing to scramble down off the head-height or taller ice jams left along both banks, you may actually find some trout in the slower moving, deeper runs. 

Elsewhere along the river:  Through Town of Livingston section has been seeing good fishing.  Though it may be hard to stand upright or cast with the wind.  What can you do?  Keep trying!  On the days that the conditions allow- low to no wind and some good overcast helps, fish have been obliging.  Way up in the valley above Emigrant, you won't see the huge shelf ice that the mid-valley is packed with and the wind, while honking pretty good, may not be quite as bad as down in town.  Fish are there as well.

It is primarily a nymphing game.  Middle day on through mid to late afternoon seems to be the time that fish are most active.  Seek out the deep slow moving runs and be patient.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  See you in March!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy Halloween!  This will the our last active report for the Fall/early winter.  We will be closing the flyshop to regular hours.  If you see the lights on, by all means stop in, however don't count on us being there much.  It's time to get our fishing fix, hunt up and elk or deer, shoot some ducks, etc and otherwise re-charge our love for living here.  Feel free to call however anytime.  Thanks for another great season. Call anytime 406-333-4401

We're hoping that today will be a another great day to be on the spring creeks.  Midges will be present here/there throughout the entire day.  Blue winged olives (baetis) will be decent from midday onwards for a couple of hours.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

Fishing techniques continue to be about the same as they have been.  Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Lastly, you could consider fishing and egg and small copper john combo.  There are still plenty of actively spawning brown trout (& some real bruisers!) but it seems that the browns are not as susceptible to the egg-o as the bows are in the spring.  Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....



Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Baetis Thread Nymph 18-20
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back BWO Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle baetis18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The next several days mark the last days that interior roads are Park are open for the year AND the YNP fishing season.  The fishing season wraps up Sunday Nov 4th.  And, Starting Monday Nov 5 at 8:00AM, roads will be shut down except for the North Entrance at Gardiner to the NE Entrance at Cooke City.  This road remains open year round.  Better get your Park fish-on right now! Anglers are finding good success in a number of locations now.  Highlights are likely to be the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison in the Park.  Followed by the Gardner river.   For the lake run browns that some are coming out of Hebgen, staying deep and under and indicator continues to be one of the best means for hooking up.  Stripping streamers or swinging oversize softhackle type flies is also catching on.


 
Yellowstone River - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Have a Spooktacular Halloween!  Today marks the last the day flyshop will be open for a while this fall.  We'll be closing from regular hours starting tomorrow Nov 1.  It's time for us all to get a little fall enjoyment of our own.  There's fishing to be sure.  As well as maybe hunting up and elk or a deer or two.  We'll be around some days so if you see the lights on, you are welcome to drop in.  Our reports are going to be dropping in regularity as well. 

So, here goes.  For the rest of the fall this is pretty much what you can expect:  AM will be slow.  Starting around 11 or so, you can likely nymph 'em up to a degree.  What hatch there is (baetis are slowing, it's mostly midges) will be mid day onward till 5P or so.  Best bets will be streamer fishing or the short leash nymph technique of putting a pinch on indy or small thingamabobber on your leader about 3 feet above a decently size BH nymph and then your best baetis nymph, midge pupa or small softhackle behind that.  Fish are  in the likely spots.  Look for riffle water that gives way to off speed & deeper runs.  Foam holes too!  Find these and you'll be in biz.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  See you in March!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Sat and Sunday's bright sunny weather replaced by more clouds again today.    Should be another great day to be on the spring creeks.  Midges will be present throughout the entire day.  Blue winged olives (baetis) will be strong from midday onwards.  Rod fees are still Fall rates: $75/angler.  Have to wait another 2 weeks for the really cheap rods, but it's worth it right now to pay.  You can hunt heads all day.  Or rip a streamer through some likely spots and hang on...

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
Baetis Thread Nymph 18-20
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back BWO Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle baetis18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla

Swing by the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports, great bug selections, as well as anything else you may need to be successful out there.  Call anytime 406-333-4401