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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.

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent water conditions as well as weather in the Park lend itself to one of the HOT choices for fly-flinging in the region right now.  Not everything is "go forth and conquer" as there are sections in the Park that are still very much in full runoff mode.  But, there what is in shape has it in spades.

Firehole River:  Still a good choice although getting warm. 
Gibbon River, river wide.  Meadows are sweet
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone:Not Bad, but warming
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Give the Lamar a week to slow down.  Slough has to be close.  Word is though that Soda Butte has started!


So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things swinging in the NW Park area.  The NE corner is coming on quickly and things could get really interesting quite soon!

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....Hey, cows not condos!

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.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
It's summer time to be sure on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks.  No shortage of folks putting their mettle to the test with the wily fish out here.  PMDs rule the day  and are definitely becoming the consisten hatch activity that we are supposed to be seeing.  Fish are looking for those PMDs!  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 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's happening!  A good weekend on tap to start our summer season.  Runoff isn't totally done.  So don't come over and expect to see bottom in 3 feet of river, but.... 18 inches is a fair assessment.  And it's definitely more green than not.  Plus, all sorts of stonefly nymphs are crawling bankside (see blog).  It's only a matter of a few days before the salmonflies are hatching as well as the goldenstones, yellow sallies, and the whole river will be going off!

Couple things to keep in mind.  The river is still big- 9 grand plus.  So use caution when floating.  This isn't your August float trip lazing down the Stone.  And with high water just behind us, there's new junk in the river.  Trees, log jams, etc. etc.  Know where you are going and be mindful when entering side channels.  Just because it looks juicy and inviting, if you don't know for sure that the exit is clear, don't go.

How to get it done:  A couple ideas- 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.

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!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Guessing that we're on the backside of the high water situation now. The river is stabilizing and actually on the drop.  Which is always a good thing.  As the river continues to drop, fish will become more and more centralized in their holding areas, structure will once again become more apparent, and overall reading of the water will be easier.  On the flip- as there are numbers of catchy anglers out there, the fish are going to be more and more educated and you may find that you will have to change up your style as well as tippet sizes....

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 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Steadily improving water. That's the focus on the Upper Maddy this week.  Walk-n-Wade only section (above Lyons) has the better water conditions as far as clarity goes.  Below the West Fork, the river continues to carry more color.  And a few more tribs coming in throughout the rest of the valley as you head toward Ennis are keeping things down to 18 inches of viz.  

When's will the Salmonflies show?  That's been the big question.  With Father's Day on Sunday, it could be any day.  Now is the traditional time for them to kick in and start heading up the river for the next couple weeks.

To get it done- nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, Princes, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those juicy runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you will find the fish.