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Madison River - Upper - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Steadily improving water. That's the focus on the Upper Maddy this week.  Walk-n-Wade only section (above Lyons) has the better water conditions as far as clarity goes.  Below the West Fork, the river continues to carry more color.  And a few more tribs coming in throughout the rest of the valley as you head toward Ennis are keeping things down to 18 inches of viz.  

When's will the Salmonflies show?  That's been the big question.  With Father's Day on Sunday, it could be any day.  Now is the traditional time for them to kick in and start heading up the river for the next couple weeks.

To get it done- nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, Princes, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those juicy runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you will find the fish.




 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent water conditions as well as weather in the Park lend itself to one of the HOT choices for fly-flinging in the region right now.  Not everything is "go forth and conquer" as there are sections in the Park that are still very much in full runoff mode.  But, there what is in shape has it in spades.

Firehole River:  Yep!  Quite good. 
Gibbon River, especiall below the Falls: ditto
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone: how'd you guess?
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Mmmm, maybe not so much.

Get the idea?  Northwest side of the Park= the goods.  Northeast corner, southern side- better wait just a few more weeks.

So, what's going on?  Salmonflies are actually done on the Firehole/Maddy. PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things swinging in this NW Park area.  That and some good baetis (Blue Wing Olives)  Although from what we've encountered, the fish seem to be kind of skipping the little olive mayflies for the fat juicy yellow ones (PMDs).  Which is fine.  We like bigger yellow easy to see mayflies that sit on the water's surface for a looooonng time drying their wings before flying off anyway.

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....Hey, cows not condos!

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 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Warmer temps and sunny skies!  It's good to be in Paradise Valley!  Excellent conditions are ahead of us for the next several days. And hopefully the winds will keep to the low side.  On the creeks, PMDs are beginning to rule the day with better and better hatch activity each day.  Fish are looking for those PMDs!  Bugs should start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  It's not creek wide yet so place and time will vary some.  So if you find some coming off wherever you are on the creeks, definitely switch your fare to PMD emergers or duns for as long as you can.  Otherwise, midges are going to be the mainstay right now.  Streamers?  You bet!  Small black or dark olive streamers placed in the juicy looking structure spots will see their share of good takes.  So, the whole story goes- be flexible, make it fun.

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker 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 River - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yo-yo stone.  That's what we've been calling it as of late.  To be expected, really.  A freestone like this is going to mirror our weather give or take a day or two.  Our weather was majorly cool and even snowy (way up high in the mountains) last weekend.  Only goes to say the river registered a BIG drop in flow.  We're warming back up and it's been quite awesomely summer like so the river is back on the rise.  Temporarily is our guess though.  10-days to 2 weeks and we're going to be golden!  There's pent up demand to be sure. We're fielding calls daily:  "hey, I heard that the river was fishing already, true?"  Uh, no.  Close, but no.  Visibility is maybe a foot by the late afternoons and only on the bank margins.  Really, there's still a brown dirt tinge to things and a lot of sediment still in the water column.  We're not at that "going green" stage just yet.....soon my friends, soon. 

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 - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park waters are in most cases for this time in June quite good.  That's not to say, fish it anywhere willy-nilly.  No, there's still a number of areas in the Park that are less than perfect.  However, the prime areas that one would suspect are good at this time of year, definitely ARE!

Firehole River:  Yep!  Quite good. 
Gibbon River, especiall below the Falls: ditto
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone: how'd you guess?
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Mmmm, maybe not so much.

Get the idea?  Northwest side of the Park= the goods.  Northeast corner, southern side- better wait just a few more weeks.

So, what's going on?  Salmonflies are actually about done on the Firehole/Maddy if you can believe that.  Sure, you can still find a few in the Firehole Canyon, but for the most part, they're kind of wrapped up.  Not something that's a WOW type extravaganza here, the Sammies are still a good hatch.  No, it's really the PMDs and Caddis that have things swinging in this NW Park area.  That and some good baetis (Blue Wing Olives)  Although from what we've encountered, the fish seem to be kind of skipping the little olive mayflies for the fat juicy yellow ones (PMDs).  Which is fine.  We like bigger yellow easy to see mayflies that sit on the water's surface for a looooonng time drying their wings before flying off anyway.

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly this weekend, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....

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 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone River - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Being Bullish!  I think with the weather we just had early this week- hitting almost 90 on Monday- that we may have peaked here on the Yellowstone on Wednesday for the season.  23Grand the river hit near Livingston and nearly 20k at Corwin just outside the Park.  That's big, but right about "normal" for when we do look to see a peak flow.  We've cooled off in our weather temps since then and the river has taken a Big dive back down.  Guessing that while there's still snow up high the mountains, there's not so much to keep a sustained high flow on the Yelly the next time we hit the 80s for any amount of time.  Keeping our fingers crossed, but it's looking like the last week of June could be really really good for getting out here and fishing--- salmonflies!  Yeehaw!

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!