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Madison River - Upper - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Not much has changed on the Upper Maddy.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  Anglers are fishing both on top with big as well as smaller dries like Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis. Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Ruby Creek with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  Reports have also been quite good underneath.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Solid results have been coming with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Yellowstone River - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
It's been a bit of a dodging game lately here on the Stone. Dodging small mud plugs that is.  Recent daily thunderstorms have turned the Lamar and Gardner rivers from cleand and good to go to mud.  Though the mud plugs have been short lived so far, there are multiples in the river systems.  All this transpires with some color shifts here in the main Yellowstone downstream from the Park.  Today may be the clincher though.  This one looks pretty sizable and may go through the whole of Paradise Valley before the day is out.  Go EAST!

Fishing should be good from Livingston to Big Timber today.  Best bets from reports we have had are "down under" with a bugger/bead combo and and indicator. 

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!



 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Very good reports coming from the NE corner of the Park now.  Slough, Lamar, Soda Butte, as well as the Yellowstone River in the Park and the Gardner River areas are fishing quite well.  The Yellowstone River around Tower has the big bugs - salmonflies and goldenstones right now.  Cutty's are looking for them once the day starts to warm up a bit.  Water on the river is cold in the AM and the stoneflies take a little encouragement from the sun to get flying.  Over on the Lamar/Soda Butte/Slough areas fish are looking for a smattering of different things.  Slough Crk and the Lamar are seeing some Green drakes starting as well as PMDs and Caddis.  On Soda Butte the water is a little colder and it's been PMDs as well as caddis so far.  That said, if you get there in the AM before you see any hatches starting, it never hurts to fish any of these blind with a sizable dry fly you can see and a red san juan as a dropper...


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 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Good to great action on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks continues to be the word.  PMDS are the game and will be for another couple weeks.  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  It's not every place on creeks, but keep you eyes open when you first get there and look for the swarms in the air.  This action may be relatively short lived however.  Next up is the main emergence.  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.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  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

 
Madison River - Lower - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Maddy is back open again from all reports we've had.  Beartrap 2 fire is 100% contained and a non-issue now.  Recreation access points like Warm Springs, Damselfly, and Black's Ford are all open to use once again.

A word, however, on the fishing:  water temps have been creeping up to the 70 degree mark recently. With the hot dry weather we are experiencing, it may be best to hit this part of the Madison early in the day and be off by the heat of the late afternoon.  Getting on at dawn isn't a bad thing anyway.  By midday, the Splash n' Giggle folks come out in full force and it gets pretty tough to fish effectively or with any sense of quiet anyway.  Course the bikini hatch isn't too bad...

What to fish with:  early AM anglers could find decent to good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Mostly you are going to see smaller to medium size trout 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.
Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Maddy fishing continues to be excellent.  Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis are what's been extremely strong in the hatch department.  The dry fly fishing continues so be very good.  Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Ruby Creek with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Mac down to town has had some very solid results with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.