Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Upper - August 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Maddy reports are varied and spotty depending upon who you talk to.  Good to great one day.  Eehh, so-so the next.  Water conditions are improving as far as flow rate goes.  The power's that be are releasing water from Hebgen to keep Ennis lake full or near full so they can pulse flows on the Lower river in attempt to keep temps down.  However, water coming out of Hebgen isn't exactly chilly.  Pushing high 60s on release, water cools some below West Fork due to cooler water temps coming in from it and several other small tribs.  BUT, it's not greatly improving anything except the amount of holding water and the ability to not have to dodge as many rocks out there.....  Nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper is what's putting fish in the boat.  Think small on that there dropper and go lighter than you may think for the tippet will help.  Did get an OK report today of the dry fly bite down toward Ennis.  Lots of nocturnal stones out and there are hoppers in the grass as well.  Hopefully with the cool down we're supposed to get and some rain, things will start turning the corner....

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.

Yellowstone River - August 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good fishing still holding up on the Stone.  Although with hot weather, it's getting technical out there.  Water conditions are good as far as clarity goes.  From top (Gardiner) to bottom (somewhere east of Big Timber) the river is clear.  Viz is back to 4feet plus in most places.  Water temps are getting up there- especially in the afternoons.  Time to get on early and get off.  Fishing is picking back up in the evenings however once the direct sun gets off the water.  Look for the hopper bite to gradually get better and better.  Terrestrials are playing a quick second and general attractors are not to be left out.  Time also to not just concentrate on the banks and super obvious structure along the banks.  Fish are moving well off the banks in a lot of places and are willing to eat if you get the right drift. We are supposed to be getting a cooling relief the next couple days- thinking it will be good out there!

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 10-12
Grand Hoppers size 8-14
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 10-12
S. Fork Chernobyl 10-12
Black Magic sz 12
Gold or Red Turck's sz 10-14
Trudes in royal or lime size 12-16
Headlight yellow sally size 12-16
Neversink Trude tan or peacock size 12-16
PMX in olive, royal, yellow sizes 12-16
JC special in olive size 12-14
King Prince Nymph size 12-16
Queen Prince size 12-16
N. Fork Special size 14
Olive serendipity size 14-16
Tungsten BH Soft Hackle PT size 14-18
Soft Hackle Copper John in copper, red size 14-18
Shop Vac in olive or PT size 14-16
Olive/Black Wooly Bugger size 2-8
Copper Zonker size 4-8
Bow River Bugger in olive or black size 4-6
Coffee Sparkle Minnow

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!

Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Looking like a bit of a slower couple of days here in the NE Kingdom of Slough, Lamar, & Soda Butte.  Hot sunny weather day after day has things a bit on the tougher side.  Still, plenty of good fish will be eating.  Will you  be in the right place at that time?  Lamar and Soda Butte will find fish eating everything from foamy long legged stonefly/hopper patterns to PMDs and Drakes, caddis, etc in between.  It's all a matter of timing!  Slough creek has been so covered up with anglers, it's hard to tell.  But, there have been moments there as well.  We'll consider this a bit of a transition week on the big bug fishing.  Hoppers are just getting going and actually present in any kind of numbers for the fish to actually start keying in on them.

One thing to keep in mind the next day or so is the weather.  We're supposed to have some more moisture in the upper air flows as the monsoonal weather from Arizona and the SWest actually makes it's way to MT.  There are pretty good chances of T-storms for today and tomorrow PM and if they come to fruition, well, there's a good chance we'll see some mud plug events in the coming days.  It'll be good in respect of cooling things off, but it will also our daily fishing pattern possibly a bit harder to predict.

Flies du Jour:
Chubbies in tan, olive
S. Fork Chernobyl
RL Stimi
Al's Glommer
JC Special
Gunnison Green Drake
Green Paradrake
Royal Wulff
PMD extended body parachute
PMD Comparadun
Parachute Adams
Purple Haze
Elk hair caddis
EC caddis
Bloom's Caddis
Bloom's Para Flying Ant black, cinnamon
River God beetle
Chubby Muffin cicada
Red san juan worm
Morrish dirty bird
Crystal Serendipity
King prince

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 8-6:00 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring creeks continue to be a good match for those anglers looking for the ultimate in challenging themselves.  Places like the PhD pool are aptly named come the end of July....7x tippet is the rule now and while you'll see plenty of targets, it's going to test your mettle getting the job done.  A high body count is not often in the cards here, folks.  But again, if you like the challenging aspect of repeatedly casting to finicky trout that shun all the best of drifts and require the perfect fly, this could be right up your alley.  PMDs have been the rule all month and while they are pretty much wrapping up, there are still some decent hatches that can pop from time to time.  Take days like today starting out cloudy but warm.  A decent emergence likely will happen and as long as the weather continues to cooperate through the day, it could be pretty darn good out there.   Dog day hot and sunny have made things ultra tough.  If we get clouds, it's a different game.  However, PM thundershowers on tap for today may just put an end to the party.  We'll see...

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

Madison River - Lower - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Keeping the fishing at the low end here.  It's really not a location we'd make a suggestion on at this point.  Water temps are into the 70s throughout the day.  Frankly, we're waiting on FWP to put a closure on the Lower.

What to fish with:  Crack of Dawn anglers could find OK to good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Mostly you are going to see smaller to medium size trout willing to eat on top.  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.  And even though your point fly may be a size 6, running a size 20 bead on 5x will bring surprising results.

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
Madison River - Upper - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
A bit of a pullback has been the report on the Upper.  And like most area rivers, I think it's been expected.  Least it should have been.  Name of the game has been getting on early and getting off when it's been cranking hot.  Water temps have been a stiffling 68 degrees coming off the Hebgen dam.  That's a bit warm, understatement.  What's it going to take to get the dam thing fixed? Sure would be nice to see some water coming off the bottom of the lake. You can bet our fishy friends would appreciate it too.  Thankfully longer, cooler nights are in the making with August and September.

Good fish are still being caught on dry flies.  Going smaller rather than larger has been a good thing to try.  Caddis, small PMXs, hoppers, trudes, stimis, as well as classics like a royal wulff have been go-to staples.  Dropping a small tungsten soft hackle PT in an 18 helps big time as well.  Nymphing types are finding the goods with medium to smaller Tung Stones, 20-inchers, Pat's RL, Green Goblin and the like tagged along with small SH Pts, lightening bugs, lil spankers.  Be sure to adjust depth from fly to indy and your weight as needed to keep you in the zone.  Streamer guys are getting good fish, especially on the dawn patrol. 

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.