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Yellowstone River - March 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper valley freeing itself of the huge ice shelfs and sheer ice walls of wintertime.  Last week's warm weather helped quite a bit.  Still not 100% gone, the ice is retreating making this area more appealing to fish.  Focus on winter water.  Depth and speed are very important.  As in- find the deepest and most off speed water you can.  That's where the fish will be!  Reports of some fish up on midges.  Also, good nymphing.  Start deep in the midday times and work progressively shallower into the afternoon as fish move up. 

Elsewhere along the river:  Through Town of Livingston section has been seeing good fishing.  On the days that the conditions allow- low to no wind and some good overcast helps, fish have been obliging.  Had word that there were some early Baetis mixed in with the midges the past few days.  Good News!

It is primarily a nymphing game.  Middle day on through mid to late afternoon seems to be the time that fish are most active.  Seek out the deep slow moving runs and be patient.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  Shop will be opening full time very soon.



 
Madison River - Lower - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Heading into the weekend.  Looking like some awesome weather to be getting outside ---IF the wind doesn't blow too terribly bad.  But we are talking the Lower Maddy and March.  The two go hand-in-hand for making the W crank up!  Winter fishing conditions still rule.  There are some midge hatches to be found.  What you will find is predominantely smaller fish focused on them.  The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare.  For the most part, fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like crayfish patterns, bead buggers, bow buggers, and trailing with smaller beadhead  midge, mayfly, or caddis pupa is a proven & good way to find some nice fish.  Did we mention crayfish????  Water temps are middle 30s-bbbbrrrrrr! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a touch sluggish and won't move all that far for your bugs.  Be consistent, patient, and methodical before giving up on what looks like good water.  Find as deep and off speed runs as you can.  Happy hunting!  

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 38 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
All Park Waters are closed to fishing until Sat May 25, 2013!
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Spring is starting.  Least we think so.  We're hoping that today will be a nice day to be on the spring creeks.  Maybe the wind will behave?  Midges will be present here/there throughout parts of the day.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....

Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
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

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla

Call anytime 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Don't forget to renew your Montana Fishing & Hunting licneses for the year! Today marks the beginning of the season. 

What to say about the Stone?  Mid-valley is still pretty packed with Bank Ice.  You won't be putting in or taking out a boat for a while yet in this area of Paradise.  However, those willing to scramble down off the head-height or taller ice jams left along both banks, you may actually find some trout in the slower moving, deeper runs. 

Elsewhere along the river:  Through Town of Livingston section has been seeing good fishing.  Though it may be hard to stand upright or cast with the wind.  What can you do?  Keep trying!  On the days that the conditions allow- low to no wind and some good overcast helps, fish have been obliging.  Way up in the valley above Emigrant, you won't see the huge shelf ice that the mid-valley is packed with and the wind, while honking pretty good, may not be quite as bad as down in town.  Fish are there as well.

It is primarily a nymphing game.  Middle day on through mid to late afternoon seems to be the time that fish are most active.  Seek out the deep slow moving runs and be patient.


Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.  See you in March!



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy Halloween!  This will the our last active report for the Fall/early winter.  We will be closing the flyshop to regular hours.  If you see the lights on, by all means stop in, however don't count on us being there much.  It's time to get our fishing fix, hunt up and elk or deer, shoot some ducks, etc and otherwise re-charge our love for living here.  Feel free to call however anytime.  Thanks for another great season. Call anytime 406-333-4401

We're hoping that today will be a another great day to be on the spring creeks.  Midges will be present here/there throughout the entire day.  Blue winged olives (baetis) will be decent from midday onwards for a couple of hours.  Rod fees are at Winter rates: $40/angler making fishing the creeks a real bargain. 

Fishing techniques continue to be about the same as they have been.  Short leash nymphing with a non-beaded yet weighted PT pattern like the Sawyer PT with it's copper wrapped body tied in tandem with either midge pupa or very small baetis softhackle patterns has been very effective at blind nymphing up fish.  Sight fishing to specifically feeding fish may require changing the flies around a bit until that fish takes. Lastly, you could consider fishing and egg and small copper john combo.  There are still plenty of actively spawning brown trout (& some real bruisers!) but it seems that the browns are not as susceptible to the egg-o as the bows are in the spring.  Yet another effective "search and grab" means is to work small to medium sized streamers in olive, black, or sometimes white coloration through likely looking haunts.  You may be well rewarded....



Flies to fish:
Sawyer PT 16-20
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

Black, olive buggers
JJ Special
Sculpzilla