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Yellowstone River - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Another sunny Sunday!  Looking like we'll be in the low 70s again today.  A few clouds but otherwise darn nice.  Wind is supposed to be rather lackluster which will be nice.  Cool this AM- mid 40s. Needless to hint, the mornings have been a little slower.  Fishing is definitely good by late morning and by lunchtime or shortly after, firing on all cylinders.  Yes, there are still some ants, beetles etc (Terrestrials) that are definetly of importance.  We are also seeing  fall baetis starting to show & some of the Fall drakes -for more simple terms- definitively larger mayflies than the itsy-bitsy baetis.  Could be Grey as well as Green drakes. Whatever the case, fish love em so be sure to fish them!  The leaves on the cottonwoods and willows are changing more and more everyday.  Guess we'd better enjoy it while we can..... Big changes coming midweek.

Flies to Fling:
Bloom's flying Cinnamon Ant
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!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's been a bit since we last reported on the Spring Creeks.  Yes we realize that it's not like they've gone anywhere.  There just wasn't really anything to report on.  However, with the cooling period that we've been having.  Albeit, it's been rather drawn out and glacial like, we have been seeing cooler day time temps and much longer nights that are getting down to the 40s.  All of this has not gone unoticed even if it is sunny still every single day.  There are more bugs showing up in the water column and fish are responding much better.  If we could ever get a "real fall" day with clouds and rain/snow, boy we'd be in fat city.  The blue winged olives would POP!  Still, we are seeing some baetis.  Also some psuedos (teeny, tiny pale olive baetis) and good midges.  There are windows of opportunity each and every day on the spring creeks where fish are actively feeding and can be seduced.  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 - Lower - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Prolonged "early fall" weather patterns are about as consistent as the what to throw on the Lower Maddy.  Sunny or mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s has been the same thing pretty much day after day.  River conditions are good.  Water temps are in a very good range for the day with AM water being pretty cold.  Water levels are a touch low for this time of year but where aren't they? What to fish with is pretty consistent:  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.   If & when we get that cloudy day, don't be surprised to see an explosion of blue winged olives!  Fish will be up eating the small mayflies then and that could be an epic day.


Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Nothing really new here. Nymphing under an 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 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 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Water levels continue to drop, how low can we go, and both the air & water temps are definitely on the cool side now.   But, you should be able to find fish eating. 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?  Slough has been good but really low and slow water up in the meadows.  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 Soda 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???  Not a bad idea to cruise the Gibbon or even parts of the Fire Hole.  Waters there should be cooling off again! Also an excellent time to see Elk in Rut and bugling throughout the Park!  Regardless of where you angle- enjoy!


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 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 7 days a week 8-6:00 till 5:00 on Sun. at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone River - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cool mornings definitely allow enough time to have a second cup of coffee and read the baseball box scores in the newspaper.  Needless to hint, the mornings have been a little slower.  Fishing is definitely good by late morning and by lunchtime or shortly after, firing on all cylinders.  Yes, there are still some ants, beetles etc (Terrestrials) that are definetly of importance.  We are also seeing  fall baetis starting to show & some of the Fall drakes -for more simple terms- definitively larger mayflies than the itsy-bitsy baetis.  Could be Grey as well as Green drakes. Hecuba Timpanoga or Flavs?, too. Whatever the case, fish love em so be sure to fish them!  Summertime weed/moss is all but gone (Yay!)  the leaves on the cottonwoods and willows are changing more and more everyday.  All in all, very nice conditions for being on the water! 80* days for the first 3 weeks of Sept. odd?

Flies to Fling:
Morrish Hopper- all colors.  Either small or mongo size
Grand Hoppers size 8, 12,14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 12
Whitecloud Hopper sz 12, 14
Hoppinator sz 10- overcast days work best
Pav's Yellowstoner Hopper-tan, blue (yeah) 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!