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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Look for fishing to continue to improve over the coming days in the Park.  More and more rivers are starting to come into their own as the days go by.  Granted its late July and things are pretty much a month behind.  Still, this next month if not all the rest of the days till it starts snowing in earnest around here again should be really really good!

Firehole- time to lay off and seek cooler water elsewhere

Gibbon river- is decent to good.  Staying above the falls definitely helps things out.  The lower river will come back around come middle Sept.  In the meadows fish are tough, but a well laid small dry fly on light tippet along with some good timing and luck should pay off. Small emergent mayfly patterns, olive or rusty spinners, ants, beetles, as well as spruce moths are all good ideas right now.

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 happeing.  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- nothing definitive on the creek just yet, but if the Lamar is starting to turn the corner and come on, Soda Butte will surely be right there with it.

Slough Creek-  definitely dropping to a very fishable level and good clarity.  We've had a few reports on Slough with some decent and other reports that were pretty sour.  This one may still be a few more days away from really turning on.

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.

 
Gallatin River - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Folks that have been out on the Gallatin have been reporting good success.  It's definitely really shaped up over the past several days and is fishing quite well.  Water levels have dropped to where it's become substantially easier to get around thankfully.  It's still not something you can cross wherever you want to though.  In fact, the wading can still be quite difficult to say the least.  But the good water color and the dropping flows are going to have the Gallatin on a real sweet spot here soon.  And with this coming, the whole month of August is going to be silly good!  Nymphing bigger stonefly patterns or wooly buggers with beadhead droppers remains the most consistent way to have a bend in the rod to be sure.  However, there have been some who are getting a few Gallatin phatties on top with dries.  Look for softer water pockets and slower inside bends with good holding water and bets are that you can get a rise on a dry.  Won't be too long now for consistent dry fly fishing all day long.

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.
406-333-4401


 
Madison River - Upper - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° 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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
We continue to have guides on the spring creeks multiple days a week.  Reports have been getting a little thinner and with less bravado than the past month plus.  Mind you, it's not bad at all, just that things have hit their mid summer swing for the spring creeks. There are still plenty of choosy fish to fish over as there were a couple weeks ago.  You just have to really be on your game to have days where you are truly racking up the numbers!   PMDs are still the mainstay, but in dwindling numbers and hatches are becoming that much shorter in duration.  Some days there are still good emergences, others not so much at all.  And the fish are most definitely reacting to this.  They are getting quite particular.  Seems that emerging mayflies aren't enough to get them juiced at all.  A good spinnerfall however has.  So think about that when you first get to the creeks in the AM or if you can stand it to stay late....  They are not pushovers at all. Persistence and vey good presentations and 7X are required! If you see the occasional rise from a bank eater and don't see any mayflies, think terrestrials, and very carefully feed him an ant, beetle, or even some tricked out small hopper and get ready.

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 - Lower - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison is still a very good bet right now.  And any season where we can comfortably fish here through the month of July is a bonus.  Water levels and clarity are just about perfect right now with maybe a hint of color remaining leaving the fish feeling relatively safe and secure in the the weed beds, buckets, and riffle corners. Water temps are hitting middle 60s in the heat of the day which is making for a slower period from 2-6-ish, but they are not such an issue that its necessary to totally pull the plug on the fishing.  Fishing early in the day and getting off in the middle of the afternoon is not a bad idea.  Or, just put your feet up and bob along with all the tubers and watch the fun!

Folks are getting fish to come to a dry fly now more than in the past couple weeks.  It's still not lights out or anything, but sticking to it will get you rewarded with a few very nice Madison phatties.  Nymphing continues to be the most successful mens with which to have a bend in your fly rod.  Typical Lower Madison style rigs with Carpet back and clouser style crayfish, san juan worms, sally nymphs, and green buggers are all good choices.  With the number of anglers these fish have been seeing on a daily basis, it's not a bad idea to mix it up some and definitely your going to see that you'll need to be using some lighter tippets in order to fool the big boys out there.  They didn't get that big without wising up.

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

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are slowing a bit on the spring creeks.  They've been so darn good- as good as they get- and from some old timers, as good as ever, that it was bound to happen sometime soon.  PMDs are still the mainstay coming off most days, but in dwindling numbers and in shorter lengths.  Some days there are still good emergences, others not so much at all.  And the fish are most definitely reacting to this.  They are getting quite particular.  Seems that emerging mayflies aren't enough to get them juiced at all.  A good spinnerfall however has.  So think about that when you first get to the creeks in the AM or if you can stand it to stay late....  They are not pushovers at all. Persistence and vey good presentations and 7X are required! If you see the occasional rise from a bank eater and don't see any mayflies, think terrestrials and very carefully feed him an ant or beetle and get ready.

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