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Yellowstone River - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Top to bottom, getting solid reports on the Yellowstone.  Yesterday may have been a bit of a "pull back" day from the days prior.  Seems the bite was a little off from what it has been.  Possibly due to the small weather shift we incurred on Thurs with the clouds, a high of 70 (maybe) and some soft rain in the afternoon.  Back to sun and middle 80s yesterday may have had the fish with mixed signals.

Up high in Paradise Valley: dry fly fishing remains very good.  Salmonflies are pretty much on the wane.  You'll still see some in the bushes by Gardiner and fish will still eat them decently up there.  Otherwise it's goldenstones to some extent as well- and yellow sallies.  Mainstays are PMDs and caddis.  A smattering of Green Drakes to boot.  Fish are eating standard caddis, mayfly fare very well and believe it or not, there are hoppers present.  Hard to say if fish are eating hopper patterns for what they represent or for the still present goldenstones.

Lower River:  Fishing very well mostly underneath.  The river down here is going to start seeing the Midnight Stone or Nocturnal Goldenstone in the coming weeks and the nymphs are active.  Fish know and have been on the grab.  Caddis are the other mainstay right now.  The Bugger 'n Bead combo has been very effective for dredging up some phatties.

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!

Other areas to fish in Paradise Valley to report on: Big Creek has been pretty good.  Water is definitely in good shape.  It's still ripping along so the key is to find the good pocket water and structure.  Simple attractor dries will rule.   Mill Creek:  pretty much the same thing.

 
Madison River - Lower - July 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
An update on the fire:  Highway 84 (Norris Rd) is totally open and back to the posted 70MPH speed.  The fire is 97% contained last report we checked and is a non-issue now.  People are asked to recreate in other areas.  Lower Maddy access closed through July 9th

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - July 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly! Bugs are up around Lyons Bridge and into the walk/wade section.  Fishing has been really good with goldenstone and sally emergences coming on strong as well.  Caddis are running around like crazy and reports have been that the late evening ugs bite has been really good.

Guides are reporting fishing big, black, and heavy stonefly nymphs with a smaller beadhead caddis or mayfly patterns in the heavier runs as well as in the middle of the river will get you a tight line. Seems fish are spreading out throughout the river now that there has been considerable pressure to the banks.  The Dry fly bite has been really good or not so much depending upon who you talk to.  Seems everyone is tossing a huge salmonfly dry. Maybe think about switching to something a little smaller might work.  Just saying....

You won't be alone on the Upper at all, period.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

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 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone is on fire right now!  The river has continued to drop and is right around 7,000 cfs at Corwin.  Color is perfect and has almost 3 feet of visibility.  There's a tint of green to it but it's really gone clear in the last 48 hours.  The salmonfly hatch is moving upstream super fast as the 90 degree heat has the bugs hopping.  Salmonflies are emerging all the way up to Gardiner with concentrations still in Yankee Jim Canyon.  Dry fly fishing has been off the hook!  Lots of goldenstones as well as yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs present as well. 

Plenty of fish being taken on big salmonfly dry patterns cast super tight to the bank and structure.  The bigger fish are getting wary to sloppiness however!  It's got to be a really good drift to get them to look.  Goldenstone patterns as well as other smaller (in comparison) dries are working equally if not better than the salmonflies in some areas. 

Nymphing?  sure, but why?  Lots of fish looking skyward.
Streamers?  Yep, they'll work too.  Dawn Patrol dudes pulling junk are doing pretty well.

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!

Other areas to fish in Paradise Valley to report on: Big Creek has been pretty good.  Water is definitely in good shape.  It's still ripping along so the key is to find the good pocket water and structure.  Simple attractor dries will rule.   Mill Creek:  pretty much the same thing.

 
Madison River - Lower - June 29th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
An update on the fire:  Reports are that the road is re-opened although as hot spots ignite and burn areas not already torched, pilot cars may be used for bringing people through.  The fire started by careless use of fireworks has not ripped through the area and burned over 14,000 acres!  Recreation in the area remains closed. 

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly!  Big Bugs are in the Pallisades to Ruby Creek stretch and a good emergence is underway heading up above toward Windy Point and Lyons bridge.  Good goldenstone and sally emergence coming on strong as well.  Caddis are running around like crazy and reports have been that the late evening caddis bite has been really good.

Guides are reporting fishing big, black, and heavy stonefly nymphs with a smaller beadhead caddis or mayfly patterns in the heavier runs as well as in the middle of the river will get you a tight line. Seems fish are spreading out throughout the river now that there has been considerable pressure to the banks.  The Dry fly bite has been really good or not so much depending upon who you talk to.  Seems everyone is tossing a huge salmonfly dry. Maybe think about switching to something a little smaller might work.  Just saying....

You won't be alone on the Upper at all, period.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

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.