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Yellowstone River - July 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
That large mud plug has moved through and things are clear and clean once again.  Good reports from Gardiner downstream to Livingston as far as water goes.  Anything from 3 feet of viz up high to just going green down around Livy and a little east.


Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 8-12
Yellow RL Stimi size 8-12
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 8-12
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!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring creeks continue to be a good match for those anglers looking for the ultimate in challenging themselves.  Places like the PhD pool are aptly named come the end of July....7x tippet is the rule now and while you'll see plenty of targets, it's going to test your mettle getting the job done.  A high body count is not often in the cards here, folks.  But again, if you like the challenging aspect of repeatedly casting to finicky trout that shun all the best of drifts and require the perfect fly, this could be right up your alley.  PMDs have been the rule all month and while they are pretty much wrapping up, there are still some decent hatches that can pop from time to time.  Take days like today starting out cloudy but warm.  A decent emergence likely will happen and as long as the weather continues to cooperate through the day, it could be pretty darn good out there.   Dog day hot and sunny have made things ultra tough.  If we get clouds, it's a different game.  However, PM thundershowers on tap for today may just put an end to the party.  We'll see...

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 National Park Rivers - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
OK- so where to ply a dry fly in the Park when the Lamar and Soda Butte blow out with daily thundershowers?  Well, for one, Slough Creek but you'll be elbow to arse with every other Tom, Dick, and Harry wanting to fish the Park.  So a little side journey may be called for!  Now this may not be the places you'll land a huge Yellowstone Cutty, but you may have a little more room to at least cast and have water mostly to yourselves.  How about a little Brook Trout foray?  Obsidian, Wintergreen, Cougar, Upper Gardner Hole.  They can all scratch the itch.....  Tune in again soon.  Hopefully this mud will be short lived (today, tomorrow)

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 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Not much else to really report on for the spring creeks.  PMDS are the game however, they are starting to wane a bit.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  The hatch emergence tends to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Although on hot bright days (hmm, we seem to be having a few...) that hatch time can get condensed and shortened up quite a bit.  The good news is that even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  Getting a fish on the spring creeks to actually eat a dun (fully emerged adult just hatched on the surface) is a rare sight right now.  No hackles may or may not get eaten as well. CDC patterns are the rule.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns. Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  Did we mention the need for 7x?   Another good trick after the hatch dies down (some days it's been early in the day...) is to go prospecting with small terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Fish will know what these are and be willing to eat a well presented fly.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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 - Lower - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
We're downgrading the Lower a touch.  The fishing is still pretty decnt, it's more that it's time to lay off it. Water temps have been creeping up and over 70 degree mark recently. With the hot dry weather, it may be best to hit this part of the Madison early in the day and be off by the heat of the late afternoon.  Getting on at dawn isn't a bad thing anyway.  By midday, the Splash n' Giggle folks come out in full force and it gets pretty tough to fish effectively or with any sense of quiet anyway.  Course the bikini hatch isn't too bad...

What to fish with:  early AM anglers could find decent to good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Mostly you are going to see smaller to medium size trout willing to eat on top.  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.  And even though your point fly may be a size 6, running a size 20 bead on 5x will bring surprising results.


Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Not much has changed on the Upper Maddy.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  Anglers are fishing both on top with big as well as smaller dries like Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis. Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Ruby Creek with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  Reports have also been quite good underneath.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Solid results have been coming with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

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