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Yellowstone River - September 22nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting back on track.  Water clarity is over 2 feet here in the upper Paradise Valley and things are settling back to more normal.  There's still a tinge of color to the river, but it's getting far better!  Mud is still going to plague the lower river east of Livingston for a couple days yet as it flushes downstream.  Here in the valley, you may find a few trout willing to eat a well presented dry on top.  Consistently though, it's going to be "down under" an indicator that will see the most action.  Or on streamers.  Think rubberlegs of various colors/sizes and a mix of smaller droppers.  Baetis nymphs as well as hecubas are present so PTs, copper johns, lightning bugs and more (see the list below) will work.

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


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Yellowstone River - September 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Not an advisable choice today ( or possibly the next several days...) The Stone is blown out from the pounding rain that the Park has taken.  Seriously, this one may take until this weekend to sort out and flush through.

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


Open 7 days a week, 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 - September 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Mixed blessings on the spring creek.  Storms have rocked the area and bigger rivers such as the Yellowstone as well as good amount of the Park are "blown out" with mud.  However, the spring creeks are unaffected by that stuff.  Clouds can be a good thing.  Bad thing has been that the storms are creating winds that can make it tough to see the wily spring creek fish let alone make accurate casts to them.  So, what's the goods then?  What will the trout likely eat? Throughout the day Midges for one. In the late afternoons and into the evening Sulphers have been a good choice.  In-between: Terrestrials.  And that can be a good thing with the winds.  Blind fishing a small techy hopper, ant, or beetle can be rewarded.  But the key here is "well presented"!  First cast or else....  Good luck!
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Uh Oh!  Heavy rains have the Soda Butte and Lamar systems fubar.  Lamar has jumped 5X it's most recent flows.  Muddy is putting it mildly!  Heard reports that the Grand Canyon on the Yellowstone is also tossing it's cookies.  Gardner is too. So, options have become a bit more limited..... Slough creek remains fishable.  Upper Gardner basin above Sheepeater may be worthy of checking.  And it's going to be on the way to the Gibbon as well as Firehole and Madison areas.  Not ideal as water temps are still up there in this quandrant, but that's where to head for clean (enough) water. Fishing remains consistently good on a gamut of terrestrial patterns.  You should really have a good assortment of hoppers, crickets, ants, and beetles to throw.  Some of these Park cutty's are getting pretty darn wiley!  One good drift and they come to inspect, don't throw again-- change it up!  Sometimes that's the only way to get 'em to eat.  With the clouds, we are starting to see a bit more in the way of bugs.  Granted, it's not a lingering hatch by any means but a few baetis, a few grey drakes, some psuedos.... makes for throwing an array of parachute mayfly patterns acceptable and fish will respond.



 
Yellowstone River - September 12th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Still plugging along here on the Stone.  Seems we're caught just a bit between fits and starts of "fall".  A couple days ago it was cool, cloudy, and sputtering rain.  River has been mostly clear, though a few plugs of off colored water have come through in the upper valley.  Smaller parachutes as well as Ants and beetles have been good pretty much start to finish.  Sure would be good to see some real fall weather move in... Going down?  Under the bobber is still a good choice if you can't get 'em to eat on top.  Go to is still an olive bugger (goblin) or on Pat's Rubberlegs in brown, tan/brown, orange/brown as well as olive.  Adding a spicy little dropper has also ramped up the counts.  Both whitey as well as some good trout. 

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


Open 7 days a week, Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information. 



 
Madison River - Lower - September 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Maddy fishing has been picking up.  And with moderately cooler weather as of late, things are looking pretty good out there.  Mixed reports from guides coming back.  Seems that there's been a number of ways people have been getting into fish.  Standard Lower Maddy fare of "short leash" bobbers and bugs are working.  Crays, buggers, and san juans with small glittery bright bling droppers has it's share of followers.  Then there's the "Chubby/Rubby" group that have been flinging chubbies of various sizes and assorted colors along with a Pat's Rubberlegs in small sizes like a 10 as a dropper.  Tan/brown as well as small black with brown legs seem to be the colors on the "rubby" that is getting attention.

Hoot owl restrictions (fish midnight to 2PM) ARE still in effect. Though we hear that this will automatically drop on the 15th.

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