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Madison River - Upper - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/16/14
The flood of boat trailers that showed up for the salmonfly hatch may have moved on but fishing above Ennis remains a great option. River flows and temps are ideal for dry fly fishing right now and excellent PMD and caddis activty have kept the fish interested. Yellowsallies and Golden stones are still getting eaten but the stonefly bite has cooled off. Fishing underwater with combinations of stonefly, caddis, and mayfly nymphs remains a safe bet. Bring the full dry fly arsenal if you're head this way and be ready to change things up as hatches progress. We like size 12 Copper hazes and the fish do too!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
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
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

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Yellowstone River - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 7/9/14
Daytime flows have dropped below 10,000 CFS, salmonflies are hanging around, and the river is green. The river is still high so float with caution, but the fishing is on! Boats have already started to flood the valley and fish are being caught along the entire length of the river. Early mornings and late evenings with some cloud cover provide good streamer action to start off the day and the warm afternoon sun has meant stoneflies buzzing around with emergences of caddis and yellowsallies to add to the variety. Focus your efforts in the calmest of the calm water, as the trout are still in the protected pockets. Keep casts as tight as possible to the banks, stick with it, and the fish will follow.

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
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
Kyle's BH Sally sz 12-14
Larimer's Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Low Rider Sally sz 14-16
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/9/14
The Yellowstone drainage in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park is quickly falling into shape. The Lamar above the Soda Butte is fishing well with smaller parachute dries and terrestrial patterns. Slough Creek is slightly stained but 3 feet of visibilty means the fish don't mind and are ready to eat. The Soda Butte is still pushing some mud so best to fish other water in the area. The salmonflies have made their way up to Yellowstone and a trek into the Black Canyon will certainly yeild eager fish ready to eat large dries. The Gardner River right inside the entrance has continued to provide excellent stonefly fishing throughout its length. It is a good time to fish the Park as pressure is not high and the fish are willing.

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:
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.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/9/14
The PMD fishing remains outstanding with fish fully keyed in on the little yellow bugs. Rod availability is limited but cancellations do happen. If you have rods reserved look forward to all day dry fly action with early and late spinner falls and daily emergences lasting from early morning through late afternoon. Don't forget your 5x and 6x tippets and your favorite emerger and cripple patterns.

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
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 7/9/14
Warm weather, blue skies, and water temps approaching 70 degrees means the bikini hatch is in full swing on the lower maddy and fishing is going to be tough. If excellent fishing on the Yellowstone and the Upper Madison isn't enough to get you headed elsewhere, plan on early starts and early exits on the lower madison. Nymphing will be your best bet and hiking up the Beartrap will help thin out the crowds.

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


Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/9/14
While the big slamonfly hatch has moved on, the big bugs are still lingering around and the trout haven't stopped looking for an easy meal up top. Fishing a large stonefly dry with a dropped has been the best strategy with stonefly nymphs and caddis pupae being our favorite droppers. Keep your eyes open for localized hatches of PMDs, little yellowsallies, and larger chocolate caddis as the fish will certainly come up and eat if the bugs are available. Nymphing with a stonefly-stonefly combo or stonefly-caddis dropper also has been effective particularly in deeper pockets. Keep your flies in the water and the fish will follow.

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
Warm weather with possible afternoon showers is in the forecast for the upcoming week (and probably the rest of the summer). Don't forget a raincoat at home but expect mostly sunny days!

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