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Yellowstone River - September 27th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Is there an end in sight to "above average" anything?  Weather, water, it's all been like that this season...  Summer won't/can't let go.  Another warm one in store today (for the last week of Sept anyways).  Reports from yesterday were mixed.  Some good, some just OK.   With the warm, sunny weather and zero frost at all this week now,  there's still plenty of grasshoppers around! Think hoppity-hops in smaller sizes with tan, yellow, and olive bodies, as well as flying ants, beetles as good afternoon searching patterns. Try taking a glass bead ant pattern as a dropper. Both Green as well as Gray drakes are in the mix.  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) have been present each PM even through the bright sunshine.  Some folks are turning to nymphing in the AM as the action has been slow to get going.  Uncle Whitey has been brutal though.....they seem to be in the prime spots unless the trout are really on the feed.  Think about the skinny water inside the main current seams and getting a perfect drift EVERY time you lay the fly on the water.  And LOOK UNDER your fly.  A lot of really nice fish are not whacking the dry but SUCKING it down.  You hardly see anything but your fly disappear.  BELIEVE in your guide when he says HIT IT!  

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper- small sizes in yellow & pink
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes- small sizes in tan or black
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive -small
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan-small
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Ron Burgundy san juan
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are slowly turning to fall type activities on the spring creeks.  Reports have been mixed still, but getting better.  There have been some more reliable hatches now and better midges as well to add to the ever present terrestrial action that has been the staple for some time now.  Had word that the other day there was decent baetis in the morning and that while it was cool in the AM, fish were actively feeding on both baetis as well as midges and that fishing was good.  Once it got hot around the middle of the day, things subsided and it was back to the doldrums.  We need some distinct weather events to move in..... It would be nice to see some cloudy days in the 60s with scattered showers or at least some kind of chance of that.  No wind would be welcome too...  If wishes could come true.....
 
Madison River - Lower - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison- Yeah, I know it's been really nice fall like weather and what's this?  Back to super sunny and 80.... oh well, likely to be the last of it!  Not to worry as water temps are back in the 60s and fish are fat and happily eating.  However, as bright as it is, we'll take no gamble with the Lower being a super-duper choice du jour.... If you go- dry fly fishing while seemingly never super consistent out here, has been fairly decent.  Large hopper patterns fished singly and with faith are getting some really nice fish!  You may have to try several patterns before deciding upon which one actually gets the eats.  Nymphing out on the Lower is traditionally the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  Mid river weedbeds that are now exposed are not as likely to produce as the buckets, slots, and gravel runs with some depth to them. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes



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

 
Yellowstone River - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Seems we are back in the sun and summer look... Only a light frost this morning and promises of sun all day along with rising temperatures.  Back to the 80s from the looks of things.  Mayfly dominance may have to take a side seat to resurgance in terrestrials including hoppers.  Walked through the grass this morning on the way to look at the river and there's still plenty of kickers around! Think hoppity-hops in smaller sizes with tan, yellow, and olive bodies, as well as flying ants, beetles as good afternoon searching patterns. Both Green as well as Gray drakes are in the mix.  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each PM as well.  Some folks are turning to nymphing in the AM as it has been slow to get going.  Uncle Whitey has been brutal though..... It's a really tough call- extra coffee and the complete sports page re-read or get on the water first and stay out front even through AM duldrums.... you choose.

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Yellowstone River - September 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
OK, this is fall!  Mostly cloudy skies, calling for rain showers, but hold on----High Wind alerts today...  Keep your fingers crossed it won't actually be the case.  The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.   Look to grass munchers in smaller sizes in tan, yellow, and olive, as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Both Green as well as Gray drakes are showing up with more and more regularity.  Given a really good overcast, cool day with the threat of rain showers and low wind, it could be a banner day!  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each day right now as well.  We haven't seen a WOW hatch of them yet, but I'd bet 'that kinda day' isn't far off.

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
Ron Burgundy san juan
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Madison River - Upper - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting better on the Upper continues to be the word as of late.  Water levels have been pumped up a bit recently which is a good thing.  Was it because the flows were too low in August during the middle of summer?  No.  Go figure- there's been water in the lake ALL summer long.  The river was bumped now, in mid Sept because of knowledge that there needs to be a draw down before next springs runoff.  Don't ask.... We do know this, along with the water levels coming up, the temps are dropping and fish are happy!   There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long while more and more good size fish (and a few Biggies) are starting to show up consistently.  Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.  Hoppers and terrestrials are decent as well.  Streamer junkies are catching a few nice fish per day.  Look for it all to be getting better as fall progresses!

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