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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/25/14
The blanket PMD hatches have come to a close, but expect fish to still rise to PMD cripples, emergers, and spinners through the end of the week if you see some flying around. Sulphurs have turned up in good numbers and fish are starting to be caught on lightly-dressed terrestrial patterns. Rene Harrop's line of spring creeky terrestrials work very well. On the calmer hot days with slower bug activty consider nymphing as the subsurface bug activity has been good with mayflies, sowbugs, caddis, and midges making of the majority of the action. The creek conditions change daily with weather and time of day so give us a call at the shop if you need any advice!

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Hot
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 7/25/14
Check back in late August/early September. Water temps are 72 degrees and rising-- not exactly primed for trouting.Sunny days mean lots of toobers and other fun on the river but for fishing look to the Yellowstone River for cold water and hungry trout.

Give us a call at the shop at 406-333-4401 or stop on by the the latest scoop!

 
Madison River - Upper - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/25/14
Sunny hot days on the river mean an early start is key if you're heading to the Upper Madison this week. Caddis and PMDs are hanging around and the terrestrial fishing is starting to pick upas well. Small parachutes fished along calm pockets have worked well. Below the surface the trouting has been good with stonefly nymphs and smaller caddis dropped off behind them. The Salmonflies and Golden have made their way out of the system, but don't think the fish won't eat a big Chubby Chernobyl! Flows are at 1160 CFS which means wade fishing is a great option right now.

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Low Rider Sally sz 14
Micro Frank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Creepy Sally sz 12-14

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Yellowstone River - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 7/16/14
The river is green and the fishing is on! The salmonflies have moved on but between the caddis, PMDs, green drakes, yellowsallies, and golden stones we can't say we've even missed them! We have had nothing short of excellent dry fly fishing the past week and the PMD hatch is only improving. Fish have started to spread out across the rivers now that flows have dropped to below 8000 CFS. It is never a bad bet to target the bank, but large seams and gravel bars are also quickly filling with fish. Hucking streamers early and late has been producing some large fish. Nymphing with stonefly nymphs, caddis pupa, and attractor patterns has also been effective. Beautiful daytime weather, hungry fish, and a clear river sound like pretty good reasons to go fishing to me!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl sz 6-10
Chernobyl Ant sz 6-10
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-14
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
Kyle's BH Sally sz 12-14
Larimer's Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Low Rider Sally sz 14-16
Parachute Madam X sz 12-16
Stimulator sz 8-14
Extended Body PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 12-18
Olive Haze sz 10-12
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12
Turck's Tarantula sz 12-16
Jimmy Zee sz 12-16
Wilcox's JC Special sz 12-16
Everything Stone sz 8-12
Unabomber sz 8-12
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Cheech's Leech sz 2-4

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/16/14
The Yellowstone drainage rivers including Slough Creek, the Lamar River, the Soda Butte, Tower Creek, and the Yellowstone River have all reached flows and clarity suitable for fishing. Afternoon storms can have major immediate effects on the water but pending cooperation from the weather, the fishing is great. Small parachutes, green drakes, caddis, and small terrestrials have all taken fish. If you are still on the hunt for big bugs, head to the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River for some action. From here on out expect the fishing to be good in the Northeast corner. Pick a piece of water, explore around the next bend, and be rewarded with some great fishing.

The thermally influenced Madison Drainage has reached water temperatures unsuitable for great trout fishing. Best to skip over the Firehole and Madison in the park in favor of parts elsewhere or focus on smaller, cooler running tributaries such as Nez Perce creek. The Upper Gibbon around Norris Junction will continue to fish well but otherwise the swimming and sightseeing will be better than the fishing in the Madison drainage.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/16/14
The PMD hatches have begun to taper off but early morning spinner falls and late afternoon emergences have kept fish looking up. Sulphur mayflies are quickly showing up and have made for the most exictement the past few days and will continue to for the upcoming week. This is a small fly, usually 20 or 22, so bring the floatant and your glasses! Sporadic but present caddis and midge activy have kept the fishing eating in between the bigger hatches but not the main attraction. Despite being booked solid, cancellations happen frequently so give us a call at the shop at 406-333-4401 to check on booking.
Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-20
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-20
Thor sz 18-20
Sparkle Dun sz 18-20
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Harrop's Flying Ant sz 16-18
Whitlock's Beetle sz 18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!