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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 24th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 4/24/2015
Two words, Spring Baetis! The fishing on the creeks has been sensational with hatchs of Baetis and Midges. Fish key in on these bugs and are eating off the surface. The last few days have been warm making these bugs pop! Cloudy today which makes for perfect fishing conditions. Since the Yellowstone is muddy this is where I would be. A great way to stay away from the crowds too! Inbetween hatchs using midge larva and baetis nymphs will still produce fish. Good luck out there!

Recommended Flies:
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or Red
Skinny Nelson sz 20
RS2 olive sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18-22
Rainbow Tan, Olive, Gray Scuds sz 14-18
Parachute Adams sz 18, 20
Parachute BWO sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge, olive, black sz 18, 20
Loop Wing Emerger, BWO sz 18, 20
PT nymph sz 18, 20

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Madison River - Lower - April 21st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 4/21/15
The lower Madison gained some color to it this last week but had some very good fishing. Fish were eating streamers that were stripped, and also subsurface on nymph rigs. We saw a good number of caddis out but fish were not as willing to eat from the surface. San Juan worms, crayfish, and prince nymphs are all good options. Throw your favorite sculpin pattern to entice a big brown to eat. Don't just fish the banks. We have seen lots of people out on the lower in boats and on foot so remember to be respectful and share the river!

Recommended Flies
Clouser Cray sz 8-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Wooly Bugger sz 2-8
San Juan worms in red, pink, purple, orange 6-10
Lightning Bug Pearl sz 16-20
FB Pheasant tail sz 12-16
Delekta's Little Spanker sz 16-20
Copper Softy sz 16-18
Psycho Prince sz 16-20
Parachute Adam sz 16-20
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-20
Sculpzilla, Natural sz 6, 8
Sparkle Minnow, Sculpin sz 6


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Yellowstone River - April 21st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 4/21/2015
Tough to say what the future holds for the Yellowstone River. Right now we are looking at some pretty brown water here in the valley. There is some visibility on the banks so throwing streamers and nymphing with bigger flashy patterns is probably your best bet. The back eddy's and pockets with foam will still hold fish. You may even see them eating off the surface in these spots on BWO's and Midges. No Caddis yet. Looking at the Lamar (a major tributary of the Yellowstone) flows are still climbing so it may not be long until the water is too muddy to fish. On the other hand it may get cold again and the water might clear up before we go into full blown runoff. Weather outlook is showing high's in the 60's and low 70's even this week with showers. If the water gains any visibility we may see a very good fishing week.

Recommended Flies
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Flashback PT sz 16-18
Copper Bob sz 14-18
San Juans in red, pink, flesh
Zebra Midge Black, Red sz 18
BWO parachute sz 18, 20
Parachute Adams sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge Olive, Black sz 18, 20
Kinsey's Rusty Parachute sz 14, 16
RS2 Olive sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger Olive sz 18-20
Coffee's Sparkel Minnow Lt Olive, Sculpin, sz 6, 8
Bow River Bugger Olive/Black, sz 6, 8


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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - April 17th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 4/17/2015
Fishing on the spring creek is really something every angler needs to experience. Now is a great time to go with hatchs of BWO's and adult Midges you are sure to have your skills tested with these fish. Inbetween hatches use midge, caddis, and mayfly larva/pupa patterns to fool the trout. Long leaders and light tippet are a must. Start with 5X, if they are shy to eat or eating around your fly go smaller with 6X or even 7X. If all else fails a small leach pattern can be very effective this time of year. Rates are now at $80 per rod. Get out there!

Recommended Flies:
Zebra Midge sz 18-20 Black or Red
Skinny Nelson sz 20
RS2 olive sz 20
Mercer's Micro Mayfly nymph sz 18 Olive
UV2 Mayfly Nymph sz 18-22
Rainbow Tan, Olive, Gray Scuds sz 14-18
Parachute Adams sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge, olive, black sz 18, 20
Loop Wing Emerger, BWO sz 18, 20
PT nymph sz 18, 20

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - April 17th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone National Park Fishing is still closed. Opening day is Sat May 23.

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Yellowstone River - April 17th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 4/17/2015
Here we go with the Yellowstone and the mud plugs! A short spring snowstorm rolled through about 2 days ago leaving a little over an inch on the ground here in the valley. The next day when it all melted we had muddy water! The Lamar contributed with a spike in flows as well. Today everything seems to be getting back to normal as visability is around 2 feet. The water is cloudy but olive in color. Look for fish in pods under foam patchs rising to midges and bwo's. On a bright sunny day this visability is great, throw something flashy to get the attention of fish. This weekend is calling for showers which means clouds = bugs. Be prepared with March Browns, BWO's and midge adult patterns.

Recommended Flies
Woolly Buggers sz 6-10
Pats Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Lightning Bugs sz 12-16
Prince Nymph sz 14-16
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Flashback PT sz 16-18
Copper Bob sz 14-18
San Juans in red, pink, flesh
Zebra Midge Black, Red sz 18
BWO parachute sz 18, 20
Parachute Adams sz 18, 20
Brook's Sprout Midge Olive, Black sz 18, 20
Kinsey's Rusty Parachute sz 14, 16
RS2 Olive sz 18
Harrop's Short Wing Emerger Olive sz 18-20
Coffee's Sparkel Minnow Lt Olive, Sculpin, sz 6, 8
Bow River Bugger Olive/Black, sz 6, 8


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