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Yellowstone River - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

Solid fishing reports still the norm for the Stone.  This may be one of the better early July times that we can remember.  Weather patterns have us still in a very hot and dry position.  The river continues to drop very quickly.  Where there was water up in the willows a week ago, today there is not.

Fishing remains very good from Gardiner all the way to Big Timber with guides reporting good results on both dry fly action as well as underneath with a bugger/bead combo and and indicator.  Up high in Paradise Valley, dry flies still rule.  Think smaller than what you may be used to.  Goldenstones are about gone and it's more caddis as well as mayfly action.  Down through Livingston and East, the nocturnal goldenstones are kicking in as are some hoppers and caddis are still present. 

Flies to Fling:
Chubby Chernobyl in gold, tan, purple, olive sizes 8-12
Yellow RL Stimi size 8-12
Fat Frank in tan, purple sz 8-12
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

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 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is good to great in many places.  The focus has most definitely turned to the NE corner closest to us over the NW corner by West Yellowstone.  The Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison are all running quite warm due to the thermal activity in this area of the Park.  This is nothing new at all, just the normal summertime gig.  So, the focus now is on Slough, Lamar, Soda Butte, as well as the Yellowstone River in the Park and the Gardner River areas for fishing.  There are a ton of little backcountry creeks and tribs to these aforementioned rivers and some very good lakes that could be added to the list as well. 

Reports we have that just came in are that the fishing on Slough Creek is picking up although not red hot just yet.  The Lamar is clean and in really good shape, just a bit high yet to have well defined trout holding spots.  They're there and willing to eat, it's just hard to read the water to some degree.  And Soda Butte is turning on.  A bit high yet for classic summer fishing and running cold, Soda Butte will be getting better.  On the Yellowstone in the Park and on the Gardner, reports are that the salmonflies and goldenstones are coming off and that fish are looking for the big dries.

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 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Good to great action on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks continues to be the word.  PMDS are the game and will be for another couple weeks.  Bugs tend to start mid to late morning and go through the afternoon.  There have been some good spinner falls first thing in the AM around 8 and fish are up on them for sure.  It's not every place on creeks, but keep you eyes open when you first get there and look for the swarms in the air.  This action may be relatively short lived however.  Next up is the main emergence.  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.  Another good trick after the hatch dies down (some days it's been early in the day...) is to go prospecting with small terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Fish will know what these are and be willing to eat a well presented fly.

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 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Maddy is back open again from all reports we've had.  Beartrap 2 fire is 100% contained and a non-issue now.  Recreation access points like Warm Springs, Damselfly, and Black's Ford are all open to use once again.

A word, however, on the fishing:  water temps have been creeping up to the 70 degree mark recently. With the hot dry weather we are experiencing, it may be best to hit this part of the Madison early in the day and be off by the heat of the late afternoon.  Getting on at dawn isn't a bad thing anyway.  By midday, the Splash n' Giggle folks come out in full force and it gets pretty tough to fish effectively or with any sense of quiet anyway.  Course the bikini hatch isn't too bad...

What to fish with:  early AM anglers could find decent 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 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Maddy reports have been coming back with thumbs up.  Salmonflies are pretty much done.  There's a remaining few way up around Raynolds and such.  Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis are what's been extremely strong in the hatch department for the past week or more.  The dry fly fishing continues so be very, very good.  Though fish are not just eating willy nilly.  Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Storey Ditch area with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Mac down to town has had some very solid results with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

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 - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Top to bottom, getting solid reports on the Yellowstone.  Yesterday may have been a bit of a "pull back" day from the days prior.  Seems the bite was a little off from what it has been.  Possibly due to the small weather shift we incurred on Thurs with the clouds, a high of 70 (maybe) and some soft rain in the afternoon.  Back to sun and middle 80s yesterday may have had the fish with mixed signals.

Up high in Paradise Valley: dry fly fishing remains very good.  Salmonflies are pretty much on the wane.  You'll still see some in the bushes by Gardiner and fish will still eat them decently up there.  Otherwise it's goldenstones to some extent as well- and yellow sallies.  Mainstays are PMDs and caddis.  A smattering of Green Drakes to boot.  Fish are eating standard caddis, mayfly fare very well and believe it or not, there are hoppers present.  Hard to say if fish are eating hopper patterns for what they represent or for the still present goldenstones.

Lower River:  Fishing very well mostly underneath.  The river down here is going to start seeing the Midnight Stone or Nocturnal Goldenstone in the coming weeks and the nymphs are active.  Fish know and have been on the grab.  Caddis are the other mainstay right now.  The Bugger 'n Bead combo has been very effective for dredging up some phatties.

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.