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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 1st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Longer nights, shorter days.  That's how September is rolling in!  A nice little cooling off here today after a rainstorm last night.  WE need it.  Typical NE area is still THE place to be.  Water temps are definitely on the cooling off side of things.  Water levels are low.  But, you should be able to find fish eating. Terrestrials like hoppers, ants, beetles, and crickets are a mainstay.  Don't neglect however that we are seeing PMDs still and there will be grey drakes, baetis, and caddis adding to the mix!    Nocturnal stones are also very much a big deal right now.

Which location to go to?  Slough has been good but getting hit pretty hard.  Not a bad idea to "reverse think" the folks at the trailhead.  Instead of going up to the meadows, go down. Fish below the campground down to the confluence with the Lamar!  Heard parachute Adams worked awesome the other day.  As for the Lamar itself- those willing to walk AWAY from the road may have a more meaningful experience....  Above the confluence with the Soda Butte, there are good pools to be found all with nice Cutties willing to rise.  On the Butte- finding water with meaningful depth and structure has been the key.  Seems a lot has been scoured out.  But there's still good stuff there.  Other ideas???  Upper Gardner Hole, Wintergreen Creek, Couger Creek, and Blacktail all are grreat brookie water and likely to not have the angler pressure that the big 3 get.  Just saying.


Flies du Jour:
Morrish Hopper in tan, golden, or pink
Pav's Yellowstoner in blue
Purple Bruce
Al's Glommer
JC Special
Nymen's DOA Callibaetis cripple in big sizes is a great Grey Drake!
Green Paradrake
Bloom's Hi-vis Cricket
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
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 - Lower - September 1st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good reports back the past several days on the Lower!   Water temps and conditions on the Lower continue to improve and we think we will see that the fall fishing here as well as everywhere else is going !  Good to See!  The weeds are definitly thick out there and nymphing will bring the goo so check those bugs frequently.  As the temps continue to drop more, we are going to have a time where the weeds will be letting go and it could get ugly for a short time.  However, for now, things are good.

Not much to report as far as changes here.  What to fish with is pretty consistent:  Crack of Dawn- First Light anglers could find  good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Some of the Biggy size trout may be 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.   This is also the time of season from here onwards into middle Sept that the Hopper game can actually play out pretty good on the Lower.  Great big hoppers of obnoxious proportions may be the ticket.  Standard fare of Morrish and Grand hoppers should be, well, standard.... Go forth and experiment!


Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - September 1st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Upper Maddy is setting up for a great run this fall.  Water temps have dropped significantly and are out of the upper 60s for a high.  More like finishing the day in the mid-60s while starting a  cold mid 50s.  Makes for tough wet wading first thing in the AM! Nothing really new here, by nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, 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 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. Mostly in the afternoons  There are still a few nocturnal stones out too.  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.
Reports this week have been good from the whole valley.  Lyons to Ennis.


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 - September 1st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Ah, September.  How'd it get here so fast?

Longer nights, cooler nights too.  Thank goodness.  Yes, the wate is low.  Much lower than it has been in several years, but not so low that it's like the drought years '05 or '07.  No river use restrictions at all.  Aside from the lower than what we've been used to in high water years, the Stone is in pretty darn good shape!  Fishing is definitely picking back up.  In fact, I'm at a loss whether to upgrade to a 4 and great or keep it at a 3 and good.  We're seeing a transition to be sure.  It's not just a terrestrial game any more.  There are fall baetis starting to show as well as a few Hecubas (Fall drake for more simple terms) so fishing the hoppers, ants, beetles etc still quite good but don't leave out the parachute mayflies from 10-18 and in shades of grey, purple, olive, and mahogany colors, royal wulffs, all are good choices! And as we stated earlier, don't just concentrate your angling attention on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are 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
Royal Wulff sz 10-18
Parachute Adams sz 10-18
Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Olive Haze sz 12-18
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 National Park Rivers - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Very respectable fishing in the Park for the middle of August.  Typical NE area is still THE place to be.  Although all the rivers are getting low and to some degree warm in water temps.  You should be able to find fish eating everything from foamy long legged stonefly/hopper patterns to PMDs and Drakes, caddis, etc.    Hoppers & other terrestrials are definitely going and any the fish arekeying in on them. Nocturnal stones are also very much a big deal right now.

Which location to go to?  Slough has been good but getting hit pretty hard.  Not a bad idea to "reverse think" the folks at the trailhead.  Instead of going up to the meadows, go down. Fish below the campground down to the confluence with the Lamar!  Heard parachute Adams worked awesome the other day.  As for the Lamar itself- those willing to walk AWAY from the road may have a more meaningful experience....  Above the confluence with the Soda Butte, there are good pools to be found all with nice Cutties willing to rise.  On the Butte- finding water with meaningful depth and structure has been the key.  Seems a lot has been scoured out.  But there's still good stuff there.  Other ideas???  Upper Gardner Hole, Wintergreen Creek, Couger Creek, and Blacktail all are grreat brookie water and likely to not have the angler pressure that the big 3 get.  Just saying.

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.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Spring Creeks are cruising through Middle August just like everywhere else.  There's still some good fishing to be had on the creeks, but it's not like what it was through July.  Weed beds are full on big and nymphing is getting really tough without pulling green goo off the flies.  Even though you've got on tiny size 20 flies, they still grab the gunk!.   Dry fly afficienados won't care as they've been working the flies on top anyway...  Terrestrials are what's happening for the most part.  Sure, there's a few sulphers, especially in th evenings, but that's a long way off from 10AM... Small tan, peach, and golden hoppers fished blind down and across could get some action.  We love the Harrop spring creek hopper!  Also ants and beetles fished the same way work well.  7X tippet is almost a must as these are truly well educated fish these days.

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18
Split back Nymph 18-20
MO softhackle 18-20
Micro May olive, brown 18-20
Flossy san juan 14
Neversink Beetle 12-16
Dave's deerhair beetle 14
Quick sight beetle 16
Hi-vis para flying ant in black & cinnamon 16
Blooms ant 16
Dave's hopper 14
Para hopper 12-16
Harrop's SC Hopper 12



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