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Yellowstone River - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 8/12/14
Hopper, dry, hopper-dropper, or dropper-dropper there's no bad way to fish the Yellowstone River right now. On a daily basis expect hoppers littering the banks, some PMD activity, caddisflies, ants, beetles, tricos, and nocturnal goldenstones. That isn't to say anyd rift catches a fish; you've got to have the fly in the right place and floating cleanly, but the bugs are active, fish are eating, and weather is stable. Flows are down to sub-4000 CFS at Corwin so wadefishing is quickly becoming a viable option. Now get fishing!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
HOPPERS sz 8-14
Tyger Beetle sz 12-14
Black Magic sz 12
Fat Head Beetle sz 12-16
Meanie Bee sz 14
Stenersens CFO Ant sz 12-16
Ant Acid sz 12-16
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-14
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Olive Haze sz 10-12
Turck's Tarantula sz 12-16
Jimmy Zee sz 12-16
Wilcox's JC Special sz 12-16
Everything Stone sz 8-12
Unabomber sz 8-12
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/12/14
Check the forecast to make sure it hasn't dumped rain the night before, but pending clear water the fishing is nothing short of excellent. Wether it is hiking into Slough Creek, casting terrestrials on Soda Butte and the Lamar River, or making the trek into remote areas of the Yellowstone River all are fishing well. Early starts mean little competition for prime stretches, but even short walks can yield big rewards. Walk and wade fishing is described in that order for a reason, you've got to walk a bit before you start wading. Fishing in Yellowstone Park provides endless oppurtunity for the adventurous angler with plenty of willing fish waiting around every bend.

The thermally influenced Madison Drainage has reached water temperatures unsuitable for great trout fishing. Best to skip over the Firehole and Madison in the park in favor of parts elsewhere or focus on smaller, cooler running tributaries such as Nez Perce creek. The Upper Gibbon around Norris Junction will continue to fish well but otherwise the swimming and sightseeing will be better than the fishing in the Madison drainage.

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 8/12/14
Bring an assortment of bugs, ready your patience, and hone your drift because you will need all three to be succesful. Sulphur activty is fair and can make for some good windows of fishing, residual PMD activty cannot be overlooked, but searching with terrestrials is going to be your best bet over the course of a day. Small ants, beetles, and hoppers will bring fish up but covering lots of water with good drifts is key to this strategy. Not every fish will be looking to eat a terrestrial but there are those that will and those are the ones you're looking for. Forget the lone sporadic riser and instead cover good holding water quickly-- don't burn an hour on one pocket. The sawyer pheasant tail nymph hatch is also pretty good. Fine tippets, good casts, and silent approaches are always more important than the fly.

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Sawyer PT Nymoh sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Hot
  • 93 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 8/12/14
Check back in late August/early September. Water temps are 72 degrees and rising-- not exactly primed for trouting. Sunny days mean lots of toobers and other fun on the river but for fishing look to the Yellowstone River for cold water and hungry trout.

Give us a call at the shop at 406-333-4401 or stop on by the the latest scoop!
 
Madison River - Upper - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/12/14
The dog days of summer are here. Fish are happy early in the morning and late in the evening before the sun gets a chance to boil the river. The fish will be looking up for an assortment of PMDs, Caddisflies, hoppers, beetles, ants, and spruce moths. With water temps creeping up over the course of the day, the trout will move into slightly faster and slightly deeper water so look for foam lines and bubbles and cast right in the heart of them. Midday sticking with terrestrials can keep the bite alive. Fishing stoneflies, caddis pupa, mayfly nymphs and attractor nymphs under an indicator is working well through the deeper pockets. The fish are in there and waiting to eat, now go get 'em!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Lightning bug sz 12-16
Serendipity sz 14-18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Yellowstone River - July 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 7/30/14
It's terrestrial time on the Yellowstone; the season for hoppers, beetles, and ants has arrived. Keep your casts close to the bank, your drifts long, and your presence quiet and the fish will come. The Yellowstone river is as clear as it gets and the bright sun mean the fish are getting a little spookier so good presentation is key, but the fish are more than willing to eat if you drop it on their nose. If you are trying to beat the heat, getting an early jump can help with that, but expect good fishing all day long. Don't overlook the evening fishing as the caddis are still coming off nightly right before dark. Hard to think of a better place to fish right now than the Yellowstone, and if you're headed this way stop on in, say hello, and we can fill you in on all of the latest info!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
HOPPERS sz 8-14
Tyger Beetle sz 12-14
Black Magic sz 12
Fat Head Beetle sz 12-16
Meanie Bee sz 14
Stenersens CFO Ant sz 12-16
Ant Acid sz 12-16
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-14
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
Kyle's BH Sally sz 12-14
Larimer's Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Low Rider Sally sz 14-16
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Olive Haze sz 10-12
Turck's Tarantula sz 12-16
Jimmy Zee sz 12-16
Wilcox's JC Special sz 12-16
Everything Stone sz 8-12
Unabomber sz 8-12
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!