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Madison River - Upper - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
A bit of a pullback has been the report on the Upper.  And like most area rivers, I think it's been expected.  Least it should have been.  Name of the game has been getting on early and getting off when it's been cranking hot.  Water temps have been a stiffling 68 degrees coming off the Hebgen dam.  That's a bit warm, understatement.  What's it going to take to get the dam thing fixed? Sure would be nice to see some water coming off the bottom of the lake. You can bet our fishy friends would appreciate it too.  Thankfully longer, cooler nights are in the making with August and September.

Good fish are still being caught on dry flies.  Going smaller rather than larger has been a good thing to try.  Caddis, small PMXs, hoppers, trudes, stimis, as well as classics like a royal wulff have been go-to staples.  Dropping a small tungsten soft hackle PT in an 18 helps big time as well.  Nymphing types are finding the goods with medium to smaller Tung Stones, 20-inchers, Pat's RL, Green Goblin and the like tagged along with small SH Pts, lightening bugs, lil spankers.  Be sure to adjust depth from fly to indy and your weight as needed to keep you in the zone.  Streamer guys are getting good fish, especially on the dawn patrol. 



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Yellowstone River - July 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Outstanding fishing to be had on the Stone.  Conditions from top to bottom are once again prime with no forseeable mud or problems coming from T-storms.  Dry fly game is back on in full force and reports have been very positive.  Terrestrials are starting to kick in and become a much bigger factor in the fishing game than in the weeks past.  Did someone say hoppers?

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 8-12ut
Yellow RL Stimi size 8-12
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 8-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
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 - July 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
That large mud plug has moved through and things are clear and clean once again.  Good reports from Gardiner downstream to Livingston as far as water goes.  Anything from 3 feet of viz up high to just going green down around Livy and a little east.


Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 8-12
Yellow RL Stimi size 8-12
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 8-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
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 - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring creeks continue to be a good match for those anglers looking for the ultimate in challenging themselves.  Places like the PhD pool are aptly named come the end of July....7x tippet is the rule now and while you'll see plenty of targets, it's going to test your mettle getting the job done.  A high body count is not often in the cards here, folks.  But again, if you like the challenging aspect of repeatedly casting to finicky trout that shun all the best of drifts and require the perfect fly, this could be right up your alley.  PMDs have been the rule all month and while they are pretty much wrapping up, there are still some decent hatches that can pop from time to time.  Take days like today starting out cloudy but warm.  A decent emergence likely will happen and as long as the weather continues to cooperate through the day, it could be pretty darn good out there.   Dog day hot and sunny have made things ultra tough.  If we get clouds, it's a different game.  However, PM thundershowers on tap for today may just put an end to the party.  We'll see...

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
OK- so where to ply a dry fly in the Park when the Lamar and Soda Butte blow out with daily thundershowers?  Well, for one, Slough Creek but you'll be elbow to arse with every other Tom, Dick, and Harry wanting to fish the Park.  So a little side journey may be called for!  Now this may not be the places you'll land a huge Yellowstone Cutty, but you may have a little more room to at least cast and have water mostly to yourselves.  How about a little Brook Trout foray?  Obsidian, Wintergreen, Cougar, Upper Gardner Hole.  They can all scratch the itch.....  Tune in again soon.  Hopefully this mud will be short lived (today, tomorrow)

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 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Not much else to really report on for the spring creeks.  PMDS are the game however, they are starting to wane a bit.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  The hatch emergence tends to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Although on hot bright days (hmm, we seem to be having a few...) that hatch time can get condensed and shortened up quite a bit.  The good news is that even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  Getting a fish on the spring creeks to actually eat a dun (fully emerged adult just hatched on the surface) is a rare sight right now.  No hackles may or may not get eaten as well. CDC patterns are the rule.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns. Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  Did we mention the need for 7x?   Another good trick after the hatch dies down (some days it's been early in the day...) is to go prospecting with small terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Fish will know what these are and be willing to eat a well presented fly.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


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