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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 91 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The creeks have been getting their normal summer pressure and it's starting to show. That being said, there are still good numbers of fish in the creek and they're still eating. They're just transitioning into their normal spring creek moods. You'll have to be on your A game if you want to fool a few but that's the whole point of fishing the creeks anyway! The morning and evening spinner falls have been good and the fish have keyed in on these bugs. PMDs are starting to taper off with Sulphurs taking their place. Also, a few folks have been pricking some fish on smaller hoppers. Being stealthy and using 7x has been the M.O.

The creeks and our guides have been getting booked solid as of late so calling the shop to see what's available is in your best interest if you want to get a day on the water. 333.4401
Madison River - Upper - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now.  Salmonflies are pretty much done for the year.  What there are left are predominantely on the very upper river closest to Hebgen.  Water levels are still a bit elevated for most 'normal' late July time periods.  However, we won't complain as the river is staying cool and it's pretty easy getting around out there without too much in the way of hitting rocks or scraping through areas like there has been in summers past.  With as much water as we have this seaon, it's going to be a great August and September!  Guide reports continue to be solid.  Folks are getting nice fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
Madison River - Lower - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 91 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower is starting to taper off as the higher summer temps and lower flows are warming up the H2O. However, there are still fish to be caught. Getting on really early in the morning has made all the difference. The early bird catches the fish right now. Floating a stimi or attractor dry with a smaller mayfly dropper has been fishing but dowrning a crayfish or sculpin under a bobber has been a little more productive. Look for the deeper slots and weed beds as the fish will be trying to avoid the high sun.

Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.

Gallatin River - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Gally is in great shape right now. The dry fly fishing in the canyon and below it has been really consistent and we have heard reports of some bigger than average fish coming to hand as of late. The higher flows are probably keeping all the fish happy and chowing. As a wade fishing option right now the Gallatin is a great choice. However, it is still uncharacteristically high and you won't be able to cross where ever you want. Wade carefully. Keep in mind that Spruce Moths have been fluttering around and little hoppers are starting to show themselves. 

Your Fly Box:

Pat's Rubberlegs sizes 6-10
Yuk bugs 6-10
Mega prince 8-10
Mr. Rubberlegs 8-10
Tungsten 20-incher 8-12
Gold bead Crystal Rubberleg bugger 6-10
FB Hare's ear 12-16
Morrish Dirty Bird 12-16
Lightning bug 12-18
Soft hackle PT 12-18
FB PT 12-18
Iron Sally 12-14
King Prince 12-16
Queen Prince 12-16
San Juan Worm 10-14
Idyl's Chubby 8-12
RL Stimi 8-14
Goldie Hawn 12-14
Yellow Humpy 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis 12-18
Purple Haze parachute 12-16
Hi-vis para Adams 12-16

Call us for up to minute updates on the upper and lower stretches.

Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 91 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Long story short - Things in the Northeast corner of the park are looking better every single day. The Lamar and Soda Butte, though still high, are fishing very well. Slough Creek is dropping and clearing. The dry fly game up there isn't up to speed but the fish are absolutely catchable subsurface if they won't eat your foamie.

Firehole- time to lay off and seek cooler water elsewhere

Gibbon river- You should really only consider fishing the Gibbon early in the morning. The flows are tiny and the water is warming up VERY quickly when the sun comes up.

Upper Gardner river- definitely shaped up and fishing well from what we have heard.  Great brook trout fishing on small dry flies.  Fun classic patterns like rat faced McDougals (remember that??) parachute adams, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis all are working.  Keep it simple here!  it's not that tough.  Smaller streams in the area like Indian Crk, Panther Crk, Winter Crk have also been a lot of fun.

Gardner river-  Good water conditions are responsible for happy fishermen along the Gardner river from Lava Crk to its entrance into the Yellowstone river mainstem.  While salmonflies are pretty well wrapped up, goldenstones, yellow sallies, and PMDs as well as caddis are still very much in the play.  Grasshoppers and other terrestrials are also a hit and will be from now through Sept.

Lamar river-  flows are definitely continuing to drop here and fishing is beginning to show signs of happening.  River still has considerable volume compared to what it should have for this time in July.  You still can't wade across the Lamar in a majority of places.  But reports are starting to come in that there fish to be caught.  Lots of bug activity as well.  Salmonflies, goldenstones, yellow sallies, green drakes, PMDs, and caddis are all coming off in good numbers.

Soda Butte Creek- Soda Butte is coming into prime shape right now. Bugs are hatching and trout are eating. The usual array of terrestrials along with some drakes and PMDs should get the job done.

Slough Creek-  The creek is totally fishable now. The reports we've heard as of late is that its 90% there. The dry fly fishing hasn't come into its own yet but people have definitely been picking up fish on the surface. If you can't get them to look up, hit them in the face with the usual array of nymphs and hold on. Also, since the Lamar and Soda Butte are in primo condition, there will be a good number of anglers on these two streams. Slough might be a good way to escape some of the pressue.

Stop by the shop on your way to the Park for licenses, flies, and gear.  Or feel free to call for up-to-the-minute reports 406-333-4401.

Yellowstone River - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Yellowstone is starting to kick it into gear.  Those watching the river flow graphs will see that we're under 9 grand now which is a good thing.  Still relatively big water and most definitely so compared to what it should be for the last day of July, however, we are looking at the Yellowstone game as though on rewind.... it's really the first week or so of July.  Mentally adjusting yourself to this and things are pretty much like normal for when we get on the river! 

Reports have been coming back with some definitely favorable results.  It's still mostly subsurface on the fly scene, but there have been some nice fish in the net.  Those on the water and getting it done are throwing streamers to the banks as well as nymphing under a big indicator with rubberlegs, buggers, and the like followed by beadheads of the caddis variety.  Patterns like Home Invaders, Peanut Envy, G's S Dungeon, McCune Sculpins have all been good choices.  Nymphing with Gold Bead Crystal Rubberleg buggers in both olive and black, Pat's rubberlegs in brown (turd), orange/brown, as well as olive/brown, olive wooly buggers, black wooly buggers, Mega Prince followed up by BH Caddis pupa, Soft hackle PTs, Dirty Birds, King & Queen princes, big lightning bugs, and soft hackle copper johns have all been good bets.

You definitely need to know what you are doing on the oars as there are all kinds of new channnels, downed trees, islands literally gone from this year's huge runoff only to see them poping up in totally new places now that until the volume of water is quickly coming down. Use good river sense out there! 

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day.  Thinking about a guide for  August, or September?  It would be in your best interest to get on the phone with us now.... not kidding.