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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/20/14
It is hard to find a bad place to fish in Yellowstone Park right now. Terrestrial fishing in the Northeast corner on Slough creek, Soda Butte creek, the Lamar river, the Yellowstone River, and the countless smaller streams has made for some great days. Gray drakes have been hatching on overcast days along with a host of mayflies that have brought fish up consistently. The crowds should start thinning out over the course of the next week which will mean less pressure and freedom to move around. For now, find a spot and hold your ground or else someone else will.

The Madison drainage water temperatures have started to drop and fishing has picked back up. It isn't fall yet so don't expect lake run fish up the Madison but if you're in the area it'd be worth stopping to make some casts. Look to fish terrestrials and nymphs. Over the course of the upcoming weeks things should really start to get going again and we can't wait!

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Chernobyls sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 8/20/14
Hatch activity has been limited on the Paradise Valley spring creeks and covering lots of water with good casts and consistent drifts with exacting terrestrial imitations has been the most productive method. Spring creek type ants, beetles, and hoppers will bring fish up but not every fish is looking for one so giving yourself as many chances as possible is a necesity. Sight nymphing with smaller mayfly emergers can work to fool the fish sporadically rising, and patience with these fish will be key. Cooler weather and good cloud cover will mean some emergences in the upcoming days so early starts may be rewarded with good fishing. Consider stripping small streamers through faster water and deeper pockets if fishing is tough because the bigger fish usually won't pass up on an easy meal.

Recommended Flies:
Kingfisher Cripple sz 18-22
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Sawyer PT Nymoh sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18
Zonker sz 8-12

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 8/20/14
The first fall weather front is moving in this weekend so expect the toobers to head for the hills and fishing to start picking up. The fish have gotten a good rest this past month and should be ready to eat. Good cloud cover will mean good streamer action and nymphing along edges in faster water with buggers, crayfish, lightning bugs, and other attractor nymphs will prove productive. Walking up the canyon to fish quicker riffles and deeper holds will mean relative solitude and good fishing. We are still a week or so away from the river turning over into full fall shape but this window will make for some fun days!

Recommended Flies
McKnight's Home Invader sz 2-6
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
AW Smoke Bead Bugger sz 2-4
Clouser Cray sz 4-8
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Wooly Bugger sz 2-8
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
FB Pheasant tail sz 12-16
Delekta's Little Spanker sz 12-14
Copper Softy sz 14-16
Psycho Prince sz 14-18

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Madison River - Upper - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/20/14
Fish early and fish late-- the heat has caught up to the river and mid-day fishing has been tough. During the cooler parts of the day caddis, spruce moths, smaller mayflies, and attractor patterns are bringing fish up. Nymphing with stoneflies and smaller attractor droppers is effective. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is calling for fall weather to start rolling in with cooler temps that should make for more consistent all-day action. With the weather will come some wind and rain so be ready for that but the fish don't care and will be ready to eat all the same.

Recommended Flies
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Lightning bug sz 12-16
Serendipity sz 14-18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Yellowstone River - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 8/12/14
Hopper, dry, hopper-dropper, or dropper-dropper there's no bad way to fish the Yellowstone River right now. On a daily basis expect hoppers littering the banks, some PMD activity, caddisflies, ants, beetles, tricos, and nocturnal goldenstones. That isn't to say anyd rift catches a fish; you've got to have the fly in the right place and floating cleanly, but the bugs are active, fish are eating, and weather is stable. Flows are down to sub-4000 CFS at Corwin so wadefishing is quickly becoming a viable option. Now get fishing!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
HOPPERS sz 8-14
Tyger Beetle sz 12-14
Black Magic sz 12
Fat Head Beetle sz 12-16
Meanie Bee sz 14
Stenersens CFO Ant sz 12-16
Ant Acid sz 12-16
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-14
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Olive Haze sz 10-12
Turck's Tarantula sz 12-16
Jimmy Zee sz 12-16
Wilcox's JC Special sz 12-16
Everything Stone sz 8-12
Unabomber sz 8-12
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4
Sparkle Pupa sz 12-16

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 8/12/14
Check the forecast to make sure it hasn't dumped rain the night before, but pending clear water the fishing is nothing short of excellent. Wether it is hiking into Slough Creek, casting terrestrials on Soda Butte and the Lamar River, or making the trek into remote areas of the Yellowstone River all are fishing well. Early starts mean little competition for prime stretches, but even short walks can yield big rewards. Walk and wade fishing is described in that order for a reason, you've got to walk a bit before you start wading. Fishing in Yellowstone Park provides endless oppurtunity for the adventurous angler with plenty of willing fish waiting around every bend.

The thermally influenced Madison Drainage has reached water temperatures unsuitable for great trout fishing. Best to skip over the Firehole and Madison in the park in favor of parts elsewhere or focus on smaller, cooler running tributaries such as Nez Perce creek. The Upper Gibbon around Norris Junction will continue to fish well but otherwise the swimming and sightseeing will be better than the fishing in the Madison drainage.

Recommended Flies:
Parachute Hopper sz 8-14
Thunder thighs hopper sz 10-14
Morrish Hopper sz 8-14
Fat head beetle sz 10-14
CFO ant sz 10-14
Fleetle sz 8-12
Bubba's Ant sz 12
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.