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Yellowstone River - October 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Another good day in store for us today!  Last week's snotty weather cleared out for the weekend and things have warmed back up to some degree.  The sun is only going to peek through at intervals today.  With the warmth coming back to a degree and the clouds, look for baetis to be back in action.  The wind isn't supposed to be too terribly bad either.  Main hatch activity will be mid day onward till 5P or so.  Leading up to that, 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 or softhackle behind that.  Fish are stacked 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.

Flies to Fling:

PMX in royal or orange 12-14 (Oct caddis)
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 16-18
Parachute Adams sz 16-20
Purple Haze, Olive Haze sz 16-18
Andy's Cripple 18-20
BWO comparadun 16-20
King Prince Nymph size 16 -great point fly in short leash
Olive serendipity size 18
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 16-20
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-18
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
Home Invader natural size 2
Granato's Sasquatch


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!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 4th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Icy, foggy, snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Summer's gone.  Fall is kind of too.  Seems a bit more like early winter!  Full on clouds, some North Wind (yeeeck!) and snow squalls/ rain.  Hmmmm.  Wonder what's happening on the spring creeks?  Oh- uh, Baetis.  Full on baby!  If you care to know anything else, yes, there's midges too.  Both by the handfuls.  So you don't want to row the boat into the wind?  Nor cast in the wind?  I'd be heading to the spring creeks.  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

 
Yellowstone River - October 4th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Icy, rain or snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Where'd Summer Go?  Big time changes hitting the rivers yesterday and today.  Gone are the endless sunny skies and 80 degree days.  Quickly replaced with heavy clouds and cold weather.  Even a few snow flakes down here in the valley.  Up high in the mountains, there's been a good snow dusting to be sure!  With that- what we're fishing just changed as fast as the weather!  Baetis, baetis, baetis, midges. And did we say baetis?  Look for your mornings to be very cold and uneccessary right now (unless you are the macho type who just has to be out there....) In the mid-AM, plan on 1 of 2 systems.  Either the nymph rig or streamer rig.  Nymphing you can go 2 ways with your setup.  Deeper or "short leash" with the second setup mostly likely to be increasingly productive as you get closer to any hatch activity.  Once bugs are active and coming off pretty good, it'll be up to you whether or not to keep short leash nymphing or switch to dries.  And from there it's roll on, brother!  Course, you could stay with the big junk and strip streamers all day.  Just saying...

Flies to Fling:

PMX in royal or orange 12-14 (Oct caddis)
JC special in olive size 12-14
Royal Wulff sz 16-18
Parachute Adams sz 16-20
Purple Haze, Olive Haze sz 16-18
Andy's Cripple 18-20
BWO comparadun 16-20
King Prince Nymph size 16 -great point fly in short leash
Olive serendipity size 18
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 16-20
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-18
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
Home Invader natural size 2
Granato's Sasquatch


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!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
What an awesome Sunday AM!  Partly cloudy with the same old report of mid 70s.  And NO WIND!  I'll take the same old- same old because there is an end in sight.  By mid-week we're supposed to see our first major weather disturbance in a looong time.  Snow and rain and middle 40s.  I say BRING IT!  But for now, I'm going to relish the last of the shorts and flip flops kind of days!  On the creeks- what' happening there?  Actually, about the same as it has been:  we are seeing some (let me qualify this with more like a few) baetis.  Also some psuedos (teeny, tiny pale olive baetis) and decent midges.  There are windows of opportunity each and every day on the spring creeks where fish are actively feeding and can be seduced.  AM is midges.  Midday through till 6-ish is baetis and psuedos. Yes, the weeds are thick.  Nymphing in all but the deepest and fastest runs can be problematic.  Still- don't know till you try.  So go forth and remember- this is for fun....

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-18
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

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

 
Madison River - Upper - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Can anyone say Groudhog Day?  This is the craziest Sept I can remember in a while.  There hasn't been a significant weather shift all month!  With that, there's not nearly so much changing out on the river either.  OK, so yes there are some subtle differences, but really?  Not much.  Streamers are getting some good fish.  Otherwise- nymphing under an indicator with bunny fur, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper remains what's putting the majority of fish in the boat.  Think small on that dropper and going lighter than you may think (5x) for the tippet will help.  Those wanting to fish nothing but dry- well, you can catch a few as well.  There are ants, beetles, crickets and general attractor dries have always worked well on the Maddy too.  Royal wulffs, Humpies, Trudes and the like  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 National Park Rivers - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Not much else to report from last time.  Water levels are really getting low.  The air & water temps are definitely on the cool side as well.   There are good fish to be had. It's getting pretty technical from the standpoint that fish can see you from a longs ways off.  You need to be sneaky! Go slow be stealthy in your approach, positioning, and presentation! Terrestrials like ants, beetles, and crickets are still catching fish.  Don't neglect however that we are seeing more grey drakes, baetis, and caddis adding to the mix!   

Which location to go to?  NE Corner anglers are still plying their wares on Slough, Soda Butte, and the Lamar.  As for any of those locations- those willing to walk AWAY from the road may have a more meaningful experience....    Not a bad idea to cruise the Gibbon or even parts of the Fire Hole.  Waters there should be cooling off again! Had a report that during the cloudy day we had earlier in the week that there were good baetis on the Firehole and that fish were up eating. Also an excellent time to see Elk in Rut and bugling throughout the Park!  Regardless of where you angle- enjoy!


Flies du Jour:

JC Special
Nymen's DOA Callibaetis cripple in big sizes is a great Grey Drake!
CDC Green Paradrake
Bloom's Hi-vis Cricket
Royal Wulff
BWO Comparadun
Parachute Adams
Purple Haze
Elk hair caddis
Bloom's Caddis
Bloom's Para Flying Ant black, cinnamon
River God beetle
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 fishing 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 M-Sat 8-5:00 & 8-4:00 on Sun. at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.