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Yellowstone River - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Double Down, in a bad way.... Fast rising water is not a good thing.  Visibility getting marginal. Going on 3 days of really nice weather again and the Yellowstone is on the rise- big time.  The Lamar River in the Park has gone from a 1,000 cfs to 3x that in only 36 hours.  Along with all the other feeder creeks and tributaries, the Yellowstone has gone from around 4k to 8.  Hmm, get the picture? 

Caddis are done down at the north end of the valley (Livingston) and are going strong at the south end (Carbella-Yankee Jim)  Stalwarts will still be able to get the job done to one extent or another while in the thick of the hatch.  However, for the general angler hoping to "hit it right", well, sorry, but ya missed it.  Age old adage- should have been here yesterday- rings too true. 

If it was me... Pulling big junk is a likely means of getting a bend in the rod.  Streamer patterns to try- Circus Peanuts, Conrad Sculpin, Bow Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sasquatch- Granato's or McNight's, Home Invader.  With the severe decrease in visibility, staying with black is a good idea.  Fish it tight to the structure and in the eddies. 


We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Yellowstone River - May 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Oh how quick things change!  Hero to Zero in 48 hours.  So through Sunday the Yelly was giving it up pretty good.  Mother's Day Caddis- check, Baetis-check, March Brown's-check.  Fish happy-check here too.  Then the wheels fell off......  Monday the Lamar River in the Park shot up and it's gone to junk since.  Gone.  Done.  Full on Cottonwood hatch.  The river at Corwin has jumped from 2 grand to over 6.  Nuf said.  Without a miracle, it's going to be the end of June now before we get back on the Stone.  Oh but it will be good then......

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information. 



 
Madison River - Upper - May 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Like all the other rivers around here, things have stabilized and fishing has really picked up again.  Caddis while present on the Lower Maddy as well as through BearTrap canyon, haven't really been popping on the Upper.  They will come.  Question will be whether or not the water will stay in shape or not.  Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.




 
Yellowstone River - May 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Quick update-  Caddis are about as good as it may get this spring.  Today, tomorrow, somewhere in there is going to be the sweet spot.  Valley areas around Mallard's Rest/Pine Creek are the goods as far as where the bugs are thick.  You can find them from Livingston to likely all the way up the valley and possibly even above Yankee Jim Canyon.

Will it last is the question.  Weather on tap for the next couple days is supposed to be sunny and toasty warm- near 80.  That spells runoff!  Yellowstone is going to blow out again by week's end.  Get it while the gettn's good!

Pupa: Morrish Super Pupa in amber as well as light olive, LaFontaine emergent pupa, king prince, TNT caddis pupa, even a hare's ear flashback good choices for sub surface fish nabbin' before the hatch is seen on top (10A-1PM-ish)

Emergers & Dries:  X2 caddis, Bloom's Hi-vis Para Caddis, Neversink Hi Vis Caddis, Butch Caddis, Corn Fed Caddis, E/C Caddis, Para Hare's Ear, HE Trude, Adams Trude, Neversink Trude all good choices for dries.

No streamer selections!  Go Caddis!


We are open for the season and look forward to you stopping by! Feel free to give a call 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Mother's Day caddis are very much the mainstay still.  But it's going to be winding down.  Fish have been seeing tons and tons of bugs the past week or so and have become a bit more selective.  Fishing is still very good, but the "power hour" times are becoming less intense and long in duration.  Dry fly fisherman are reporting that it's still good but not what it was a few days ago.  Water clarity on the downgrade once again.  Cherry Creek is spewing in mud.  It's definitely still fishable.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all still quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Best to thing about starting out nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs.  Fish this rig until mid-late afternoon or till you start seeing good fish on the caddis on the surface.  Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  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.

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Upper - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Last report was that the Upper was still fishable.  Waters have dropped just as they have everywhere else due to the prolonged cool period we are experiencing.  Clarity is decent but not great.  The Upper is fishing OK but not great.  Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.