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Madison River - Upper - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/3/14

The salmonflies are here! If you want to chase the big bugs head up river to Lyons Bridge or Pallisades, tie on the biggest dry fly you've got, and hang on. Golden stones, yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs round out the current fish fare. Fish are holding along the banks and in larger mid-river pockets and seams. Don't expect to be the only one on the river, but willing fish and strong hatches has meant a lot of hook-ups! Slipping in below the salmoflies has proved to be very productive as the golden stones and larger chocolate caddis have kept the fish looking up. Lower flows have meant wade fishing is a great option right now so grab your waders and hit the road!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Gorrilla Salmonfly sz 6
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Low Rider Sally sz 14
Micro Frank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
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
Creepy Sally sz 12-14

Weather Outlook
Thunderstorms loom in the forecast for today but looking forward into the next week the weatherman is calling for warm days and blue skies. Expect strong stonefly activity with the warmer days. Don't forget the suncreen at home! Wind is expected to sit down this weekend which will make for some great conditions.

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

 
Yellowstone River - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:
The Yellowstone river is looking better by the day but the river remains high and off-color. Flows are hovering around 12,000 CFS so excercise caution if headed out on the river. We are starting to see boats trickling into Paradise Valley in search of early-season fish, but the river isn't into fishing shape yet. High flows and low-viz are still the story but we'll be out there soon enough!

If you're in Paradise Valley and looking for a place to fish there are certainly other options. Between the spring creeks, private lakes, and Yellowstone National Park we are never far from blue ribbon fishing. Check our other fishing reports, stop on by the shop, or give us a call at 406-333-4401 for all of the scoop.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:
Cooler temps has meant a larger window of oppurtunity to fish the hydrothermal-western half of Yellowstone National Park and while river temperatures are on the rise, the fishing remains good in the entire Madison drainage. The Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison proper are all fishing well with consistent hatches of PMDs and Caddisflies. Fishing the faster moving water has been the best strategy and the dry-fly fishing remains great. The cooler flowing tributaries are starting to fill up with fish so consider poking around some of these creeks if you're headed that way.

The Gardner river has been fishing well and provided a great, closer-to-home option. Nymphing with larger stonefly imitations along inside seams and in the pocket water is a good strategy.

The Gallatin river in the park is also fishing well. The water clarity is improving by the day but the fish don't seem to mind the milky flows. Nymphing with stoneflies, caddisflies, and attractors has made for some stellar days.

Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Madison doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. The heavy-high elevation snowpack has kept the Lamar, Sodabutte, Slough Creek, and other tributaries high and dirty and they will remain so for another few weeks.

Recommended Flies:
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
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
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.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:
If you are headed out to fish the spring creeks don't forget your PMD flies at home! There have been good, daily hatches that have meant good numbers of rising fish willing to take a well presented dry fly. Early morning spinner falls and mid-morning emergences have made for some great fishing. If nymphing is your preffered style, small mayfly patterns fished under small indicators has been an effective method. If you are in Paradise Valley and looking to fish, it is hard to think of a better spot than the spring creeks right now.

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-18
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Zebra Midge sz 20
Midge Larva sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 20

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:
The fishing continues to be great on the Lower Madison from Ennis Dam down. Floating, hiking up the Beartrap Canyon, and wading the lower half are all great options to access the river. Drifting crayfish, stonefly, caddis, and attractor patterns under an indicator along mid-river seams and the banks have all produced lots of fish and we expect this trend to continue through the week. Streamer fishing with smaller patterns has been good on more overcast days. For those looking to fish dries there have been consistent hatches of PMDs, Mahoganies, Caddis, and lingering stonefly activty. Cooler weather has kept the fish happy and willing-- Not many better spots to fish right now!

Recommended Flies:

Low-rider Sally sz 14-16
Microfrank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Chubby Chernobyl sz 10-12
South Fork Secret sz 8
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Super Pupa sz 14-18
Translucent Pupa sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-10
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Bitch-Creek Bugger sz 4-8

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/25/14
The big bugs have yet to show up yet, but the nymphing has made for some great all-day action. The big salmonfly nymphs are crawling towards the shore, so fishing lightly weighted stonefly imitations up against the bank and in pocket water is a sure bet. For your second nymph consider either another stonefly or tie on a caddis pupa beadhead. Keep an eye out for rising fish where the tributaries pour in and create longer seams. There have been a few fish willing to take larger dries such as Chubby Chernobyls and Chernobyl Ants, but we are still waiting for the big bug action to move into full swing. Periods of cloudier skies still are providing good streamer fishing for those looking for the big tugs. Flows are hovering right at 1,100 CFS and clarity is continuing to improve. There is some rain in the forecast for the next week so don't forget the rain coats if you're headed that way but the fishing will be great!

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 12-18
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz PMD sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Royal Trude sz 14-18
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-12

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!