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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park waters are fishing quite well right now.  Areas of "hotness" may be shifting as the week progresses.  NW corner that has been the mainstay could see a change while areas that have been experiencing spring runoff may start to really come into shape and start fishing well.   Classi Park water on the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon are still great bets, however, as the daytime temps start to creep into the high 70s and 80s in the Park, these water ARE thermally influenced and already on the warmer side of things.  Bright sunny days and warm temps are going to see these fisheries shifting from a PM time of awesomeness to AM more and more.  PMDs will continue.  LATE PM caddis (last hour of light) will be really good too.  But, areas like the Gardner as well as upper Gallatin, Slough, and possibly the Lamar are all going to start coming into their own.  Ooops, didn't mean to forget Soda Butte, it too will start to fish.  Water flows on the Lamar have been dropping and are actually a touch on the low side of things for mid-June.  Expect things to be a litte earlier than thought of.....

Feel free to stop by the shop for updates as well as licenses, gear, and a great Park fly selection.  We are open 7 days a week.
 
Madison River - Upper - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly- extravaganza!  Yeah, man, we're there!  Big Bugs are in the Ennis area and slowly moving upstream.  Good bet to get fish on dry salmonfly patterns would be from Burnt Tree downstream and through the Channels section.  That's not the only game in town down here however.  Had a report from a good friend who spent the day yesterday sight fishing to rising fish in the channels right at the Ennis Lake entrance and it was PMDs and Yellow Sallies that the fish were keyed on.  Several dandies put to hand....  Back to the big stones....  Upstream ahead of the prmary hatch area, think black and tuck it tight to the bank where the large nymphs are crawling/massing.  Otherwise, get good drifts through the holding water with large stonefly nymphs, san juans, PMD nymphs, and the like.  Nothing wrong with double floating either.  Short sections, do it twice!  Rip streamers on the first go-round, take your time to key in on the hotspots you encountered from the first time through and work things thoroughly.... We likey!


 
Madison River - Lower - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Still really good.  The Lower has been pretty steady and positively the "go to" as of late.  A little bump in water and then a retreat with the changing weather pattern (again...).  However, the Lower may have only had a day or 2 "off".  Things are back "on" currently and fishing well.   What's the word on the hatches?  Consistently, it's caddis, PMDs, and stones of the yellow sort (Goldenstones as well as Yellow sallies).  The Salmonflies are around, however.  Mostly in the Bear Trap Canyon reaches, but there are some in spotty areas along the rest of the river from the mouth of the Trap downstream  The Lower doesn't get a great salmonfly hatch.  In fact, over the years, they've become pretty spotty, but there are places that the fish do key in.  Be ready!

What to do to put a bend in the rod?  Nymph 'em up with  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans as good to great point flies.  Run a smaller dropper.  BH mayfly, caddis, or small stoneflies are good bets.   Under your Indy be running 3-6 feet of leader to said point fly.  Weight.  Add enough to get the bugs down in the zone.  Next up, consider a goldenstone or yellow sally stimi as a point fly and drop that BH off the back.  Anywhere from 12-24 inches depending on your pattern and how heavy it might be.  Single dry may also be the ticket when you find rising pods of fish.  Watch that rise form.  It'll tell you a lot about what the fish is actually eating.  Streamers, too are going to be working.

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

Patterns du Jour
Clouser Cray, tan, dark tan
Pat's Rubberlegs (aka Turd)
RBGB
San Juan
Flexi Juan
Hot bead stone
Copper Johns- red, copper, black
Lightning bug- mirage, purple, gold
Shop Vac- olive, PT
FB PT
Wonder baetis, wonder PMD
Iron Sally
Copper Zonker
Bow Bugger in black/olive
Olive articulated fathead
Foxee Clouser
Granato's Sasquatch

 
Yellowstone River - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are right on the edge right now.  We're OH so close.  Early you ask?  MMmmm, well, yeah, just a little.  But with the way things have been this spring and early summer, it's not that overly surprising. 

Take a look at the past 4 days flow charts and you can see that with the cool weekend, the Stone has dropped like a rock.  Runoff just doesn't seem to have the punch it had last week.  Guessing, looking at the Magic 8-ball, things are looking like we're going to be fishing here real quick.

When we do.....  2 schools of thought.  Streamers and salmonflies!  Reality is that IF we do get a sustained clearing (currently a legit 16 inches) and "going green"  fish are going to be on the prowl.  A well placed streamer IS going to turn some heads.  And with the time of season, we're right there with the salmonflies....  We'll be here to let you know the where and when!


Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information. 



 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Sunny weather back on tap and looking to stick around for at least a couple more days.  Good to great conditions will bring PMDs daily to the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison.  Followed by caddis.  These 2 species (general) are bringing fish to the surface when bugs are present on the water.   Upper Firehole is seeing things kicking off mid-AM and depending upon clouds and/or rain, kind of rolling from there through the day.  Afternoon hours on the Maddy steadily intensifies through the evening hours with the caddis.  Gibbon is seeing a smattering of PMDs, caddis, as well.

Other areas of consideration: the Gardner river is in prime, clean shape.  Running a bit high and fast, the pocket water is your best bets. Dry fly reports are spotty.  Nymph rigs under an indy are producing however.  With the sun and heat returning, the Lamar is spiking upwards again.  The window of decent fishing here is likely gone for a bit.  Have not had direct contact with any Slough reports so can't say much there.  Obsidian creek, Indian Creek and the way upper Gardner are in good shape.  So, again, with the sun/warmth- shift if going to head back toward N-NW side of the Park areas.  NE corner is going to return to runoff.

Feel free to stop by the shop for updates as well as licenses, gear, and a great Park fly selection.  We are open 7 days a week.
 
Madison River - Upper - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Sun.  Good to see you my friend!  Getting a little soggy..... With that, water temps are on the climb.  Flows are very good but could be bumped a bit as the sun/warmth start runoff to kick back in a little.  However, we think that the dirt days may not return.  A "good green" with 2 feet of vis would be nice to get back to.  And with the annual anticipation of Salmonflies and goldenstones coming on, a bit of color on the river would be a good thing.  I's anyones guess as to when the big bugs will show, but guessing Father's Day with adult salomonflies in/around Varney or Burnt Tree would be a reasonable bet.  What's going on right  now?  Caddis have been showing up well in the late PM and evenings. 

What to throw: typical Upper Maddy spring stuff!  On the run be looking at Pat's Rubber Legs (turd), san juans in various colors, Bow River Buggers, Zonkers, and such as point fly.  Add a baetis sized BH mayfly nymph, or caddis pupa pattern as the dropper.  If you find a good run and want to post up on it, change that depth and weight scenario to make sure you get down.  Otherwise, same fly rigs will work fine.  Water stays or gets even more clear, lighten up on leader X and think smaller, techy fly patterns.