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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!



 
Yellowstone River - September 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cold again this morning!  Frost on the fields in some places!  Definitely 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 picking back up late morning and by lunchtime or shortly after, firing on all cylinders.  Yes, there are still some hoppers, 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.  Mahagonies or Flavs, too. Whatever the case, fish love em so be sure to fling them!  Summertime weed/moss is all but gone (Yay!)  Heck, there are even a few leaves on the cottonwood and willows starting to turn.  All in all, very nice conditions for being on the water!

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!



 
Madison River - Lower - September 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fall fishing on the Lower Maddy is getting good!  Water temps and conditions on the Lower.  Reports have been associated with smiles on faces so that should tell you something.  Anglers fishing up on top as well as those 'down under' have had success.  Dry fly anglers report that hoppers have been good as well as other terrestrial patterns.  Nymphos have not changed much in what they are flinging but are definitely catching fish.  The weeds are definitly thick out there and nymphing will bring the goo so check those bugs frequently. 
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.  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 late 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 13th, 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  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 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Water levels are low for sure, and both the air & water temps are definitely on the cooling off side of things.   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! You know how to catch a unique fish? You nique up on them.... Corny? Yes, but true!  Terrestrials like hoppers, ants, beetles, and crickets are a mainstay.  Don't neglect however that we are seeing  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.
 
Madison River - Lower - September 9th, 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 change from last weeks report.

  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