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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
All 3 spring creeks- Nelson, Depuy, and Armstrongs are reporting excellent fishing.  It's the peak of PMD time on the creeks.  There have been consistently good to great hatches on all 3 creeks now and the fish have really filled in too.  Nelson's is always very good.  Up till this week, Depuy's has seen more bugs and fish than Armstrongs, but the reports we've had are seeing that Armstrong's has been just as good now.  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  Even before you see actual yellow bugs on the surface, the nymphs are active and the trout keyed on them.  Short leash nymphing with a Sawyer's PT and a PMD thread nymph or pick a midge pupa just to be different are great choices to start the day.  At the outset of the emergence, switching to short wing emergers, cdc emergers and the like are good.  You can get fish to eat the Comparadun right now, but it's not going to take too long for spring creek fish to wise up. Having No hackle and CDC patterns are really the way to go.  As are cripples and knockdown patterns.  Don't forget a good rusty spinner for late in the afternoon through the evening hours.  The hatch has been going long enough that there are daily spinner falls now as well. 

Flies to Fling:
PMD Comaradun 16-18
Quigley's Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
Harrop No Hackle PMD 16-18
Kinsey Hi-vis PMD 16-18
Kinsey CDC Emerger 16-18
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple 16-18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger 16-18
Sawyer PT 16-18
PMD Thread Nymph 16-18
Tung Zebra Midge, black or olive 18-20
Natural Scud 18
Soft Hackle Scud 18


Swing by the shop if you are thinking of coming over and we can give you the up to date weather reports, great bug selections, as well as anything else you may need to be successful out there.  Call anytime 406-333-4401

 
Yellowstone River - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 River is hanging right around 8 grand in flow today.  No major uptick.  Just a long drop.  Which should be a good thing.  Every day from here out we should continue to see the river dropping a couple hundred cfs and as it gets under 7 grand, it's going to become considerably easier to row and navigate.  Salmonflies are thickest right around the fly shop here in Emigrant right now.  Had an OK report of some fish on big dries yesterday down around Yellowtone Valley Lodge (above Loch Leven).  If there's water up in the willows, the fish are right there in them- along with the bugs.  Another report came in from Carbella saying no big bugs there-yet- just a plethora of caddis, sallies, some goldenstones and pmds. 

Being successful still depends on a couple concepts.  A short but heavy leader to big and black ugly rubberlegs under a big indy OR big, black and Heavy streamer action come to mind.  Now's the time for the JUNK!  Put it on the bank.  I mean ON the bank!  In the grass, But right on the bank and either twitch it off the dropoff or mend it just off.  Hang On!  The fish are right there just off the edge.  Simple?  Yeah, pretty much.  But be ready to lose some gear.  Come loaded with plenty of flies and 2x.  The same thing goes for fishing dries.  It has to be right in there tight!

We will be keeping you informed of what's going on here on our Home river! We are open 7-days a week.  Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401 for up to the minute conditions.  And we look forward to you stopping by!

Other areas to fish in Paradise Valley to report on: Big Creek has been pretty good.  Water is definitely in good shape.  It's still ripping along so the key is to find the good pocket water and structure.  Simple attractor dries will rule.   Mill Creek:  pretty much the same thing.

 
Madison River - Lower - June 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Beartrap 2 fire that started yesterday is blowing up huge and the entire Lower Madison recreation area is now closed due to the fire.  Highway 84 from Churchill Rd to Norris is closed.  No fishing!  Not helping matters, the wind is blowing 50 MPH- seriously!!!

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is really starting to spread out now.  Pretty much most waters that anglers traditionally come to the Park to fish are good. 
So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things slowing down in the NW Park area.  However, the NE corner is coming on quickly and things are starting to fish very well.  The Firehole has been seeing water temps spiking upwards with the hot dry weather we are experiencing.  Time to look elsewhere.  In the area though, the Little Firehole is running quite cool.  It doesn't get the thermal influence and fish will migrate to this creek and other tribs that remain cool.  Hence the Madison in the Park is getting too warm as well.  On the other hand, Soda Butte has been picking up and fishing quite well.n  As is Slough Creek.  Flows are still up a bit, but definitely good.  The Lamar is very close to coming on, flows here need to drop just a bit more to be good.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Madison River - Lower - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Lower is in very good shape and has been fishing quite well all week.  Guide reports are saying that the bite has been excellent.  Mornings, especially since the weather is heating up like it is, are going to be the better part of the day for getting out on the Lower and catching fish.  Afternoons have been getting really good with the bikini hatch starting around 2PM.... catch the drift?

At present, expect to see Goldenstones, PMDs, caddis, some green drakes right now and fish could be on any of the above.  So be on the ready.  Reports have been pretty solid with some very nice fish making headlines.  Yes, you can find a few decent fish to eat a well drifted dry fly. However, this is the Lower---- Nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs are always good suggestions.  Want to run some big junk?  Streamer dudes have been flinging pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.


Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly!  That's the word anyway.  Big Bugs are in the Varney to Ennis stretch and a good emergence is underway.  Fishing big, black, and heavy will get you a tight line.  Good goldenstone and sally emergence coming on strong as well.  Dry fly bite hasn't quite taken effect just yet, but it's not far off.

You won't be alone on the Upper this weekend.  Big Bug junkies from all around will be flowing in to the Upper Maddy reaches in the coming days.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

Big, black, and ugly.  Did we mention that again?  Hmm, take note.  Yuk bugs, Pat's RL Stones, Pepperoni Yuks, Bitch Creeks, Hurless Nymphs, all are good starting points.  Large princes, NFork Specials, Iron Sallies, Hare's Ears, Lightning bugs, FB Pts, Copper Johns, are all good dropper flies.  Streamer guys are saying black as well as olive are good go-to colors.  Put the junk right on the bank and twitch it off...

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.