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Madison River - Upper - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are definitely hitting the middle August stretch on the Maddy.  Still nothing that's all that wow or stellar, but we will say it's not absolutely horrible either.  Just be prepared for "flurries" of activity.  You'll catch em, then nothing for a stretch of time.  It's been hot out there so getting on early has proven to be a good idea! Nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper is what's putting the majority of fish in the boat.  Think small on that there dropper and go lighter than you may think for the tippet will help.  Those wanting to fish nothing but dry- well, you can catch a few as well.  Hoppers are of course working to some degree.  There are lots of nocturnal stones out and quite a few hoppers themselves.  The other terrestrials -ants, beetles, crickets are also doing well.  General attractor dries have always worked well on the Maddy too.  Royal wulffs, Humpies, Trudes and the like are should be considered when fishing on the Upper.


Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of  Hoppers and chernobyl ants.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Yellowstone River - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fishing on the Stone is getting pretty technical out there.  It's definitely showing mid-August low water, hot summer tendency to kick some anglers butts.  And it's also had some really good days (for middle August). Water temps are getting up there- especially in the afternoons.  Time to get on early and get off.  Anglers are all asking about the 'hopper bite' so it's no secret that the fish may be feeling a bit knocked over the head with hopper patterns.  You can certainly still get them to eat a hopper but don't be surprised if you see a lot of the trout, and some of the biggies bump the fly but never eat it.  What to do instead? Other terrestrials  and general attractors are the go to alternatives.  Ants, beetles, crickets, parachute mayfly patterns, even small beaded trico droppers are all getting attention! Time also to not just concentrate on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are moving well off the banks in a lot of places and are willing to eat if you get the right drift. HEY Diddle Diddle- Put it down the Middle!

Flies to Fling:
Morrish Hopper- all colors all sizes
Grand Hoppers size 8-14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 10-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Pav's Yellowstoner Hopper-tan, blue (yeah) 8s & 10s
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Bloom's Hi-vis para caddis in light olive or tan 12-16s
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14-16
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone River - August 16th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good fishing still holding up on the Stone.  Although with hot weather, it's getting technical out there.  Water conditions are good as far as clarity goes. We had a push of mud this last week but it vanished like houdini. From top (Gardiner) to bottom (somewhere east of Big Timber) the river is clear.  Viz is back to 4 feet plus in most places.  Water temps are getting up there- especially in the afternoons.  Time to get on early and get off.  Fishing is picking back up in the evenings however once the direct sun gets off the water.  Look for the hopper bite to gradually get better and better.  Other terrestrials  and general attractors are not to be left out.  Time also to not just concentrate on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are moving well off the banks in a lot of places and are willing to eat if you get the right drift. We are supposed to be getting a cooling relief the next couple days, High of 65 on the 15th - thinking it will be good out there!

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 10-12
Grand Hoppers size 8-14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 10-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!



 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Good to very good reports coming from the Park as of late.  The mud situation on the Lamar and Soda Butte has cleared over the weekend and both locations are fishing quite well. It doesn't sound like we updated this report but this happened last week as well. You should be able to find fish eating everything from foamy long legged stonefly/hopper patterns to PMDs and Drakes, caddis, etc.  It's all a matter of timing!  Slough creek has been very good as well. Some days tons of anglers, others not nearly so much. Those willing to hike will reap the benies! Hoppers are going and actually present in any kind of numbers for the fish to actually start keying in on them.

A little cooler weather is on its way for the middle of the week. a high of 68 and 50% chance of showers on wed. the 15th, no mud please... 

Flies du Jour:
Chubbies in tan, olive
S. Fork Chernobyl
RL Stimi
Al's Glommer (oops! Matson said keep this one a secret,to late now!
JC Special
Gunnison Green Drake
Green Paradrake
Royal Wulff
PMD extended body parachute
PMD Comparadun
Parachute Adams
Purple Haze
Elk hair caddis
EC caddis
Bloom's Caddis
Bloom's Para Flying Ant black, cinnamon
River God beetle
Chubby Muffin cicada
Red san juan worm
Morrish dirty bird
Crystal Serendipity
King prince


We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-6:00 till 5:00 on Sun. at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Madison River - Upper - August 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Maddy reports are varied and spotty depending upon who you talk to.  Good to great one day.  Eehh, so-so the next.  Water conditions are improving as far as flow rate goes.  The power's that be are releasing water from Hebgen to keep Ennis lake full or near full so they can pulse flows on the Lower river in attempt to keep temps down.  However, water coming out of Hebgen isn't exactly chilly.  Pushing high 60s on release, water cools some below West Fork due to cooler water temps coming in from it and several other small tribs.  BUT, it's not greatly improving anything except the amount of holding water and the ability to not have to dodge as many rocks out there.....  Nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper is what's putting fish in the boat.  Think small on that there dropper and go lighter than you may think for the tippet will help.  Did get an OK report today of the dry fly bite down toward Ennis.  Lots of nocturnal stones(classinia sabulosa) "gesundheit" out and there are hoppers in the grass as well.  Hopefully with the cool down we're supposed to get and some rain, things will start turning the corner....


Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of  Hoppers and chernobyl ants.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Yellowstone River - August 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good fishing still holding up on the Stone.  Although with hot weather, it's getting technical out there.  Water conditions are good as far as clarity goes. We had a push of mud this last week but it vanished like houdini. From top (Gardiner) to bottom (somewhere east of Big Timber) the river is clear.  Viz is back to 4 feet plus in most places.  Water temps are getting up there- especially in the afternoons.  Time to get on early and get off.  Fishing is picking back up in the evenings however once the direct sun gets off the water.  Look for the hopper bite to gradually get better and better.  Other terrestrials  and general attractors are not to be left out.  Time also to not just concentrate on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are moving well off the banks in a lot of places and are willing to eat if you get the right drift. We are supposed to be getting a cooling relief the next couple days, High of 65 on the 15th - thinking it will be good out there!

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 10-12
Grand Hoppers size 8-14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 10-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow


We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!