Fishing Reports

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Yellowstone River - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Yellowstone River Fishing Report 7/3/14
Rafts and boats are starting to find their way into Paradise Valley as the river has dropped to below 11,000 CFS and clarity has improved. River visibilty flucuates between a foot to a foot-and-a-half over the course of the day so while there are some fish eating, fishing is not lights-out yet. We are expecting by the end of next week for the river to fall into full fishing shape. If you are heading out to fish the Yellowstone, excercise caution both floating and wading due to high flows and some debris in the river.

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
Bitch Creek Bugger sz 6-8
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/3/14
The sun is out, the Lamar Valley rivers are clearing up, and salmonflies are out on the Gardner river! Fishing the pocket water section of the lower Gardner with big dries has made for some all day excitement and green drake hatches on cooler days add to the fun. Focus on any water that is moving just a bit slower than the main current as even the big fish will sneak into the smallest pockets.

Slough Creek, the Lamar River, and the Soda Butte are running a bit high and are still stained but starting to fish well. We are still a week away from red-hot fishing but for those passing through the area and looking to get a line wet, look to the Lamar Valley for some fishing. Small parachute flies are the ticket up on Slough Creek and yellow sallies, green drakes, stoneflies, and smaller terrestrials will make up the fish-fare elsewhere.

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 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing Report 7/3/14
The PMD fishing has been outstanding this past week and it will remain so into the coming weeks. Fish are being caught throughout the day with large numbers of bugs emerging around 9am and lasting until late in the evening. Load up the best PMD flies you have into your box and you should be set to go for a days worth of fishing. The fish are fully keyed in on PMDs right now but if you must fish something else, Ants and beetles will be your best bet.

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-18
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-18
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 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison Flyfishing Report 7/3/14
Summer is here in full force and while fishing continues to be good, warmer weathern means the toobers are out on the river so an early start is key. Bug activity remains consistent with the fish keying in on a variety of nymphs. Yellowsally, caddisflies, worms, and attractor nymphs like lightning bugs have been the flies of choice. This is a good time of year to escape some of the crowd and hike up the beartrap to find swifter, cooler water and eager fish.

Recommended Flies:

Low-rider Sally sz 14-16
Microfrank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Chubby Chernobyl sz 10-12
South Fork Secret sz 8
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Super Pupa sz 14-18
Translucent Pupa sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-10
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
Madison River - Upper - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/3/14

The salmonflies are here! If you want to chase the big bugs head up river to Lyons Bridge or Pallisades, tie on the biggest dry fly you've got, and hang on. Golden stones, yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs round out the current fish fare. Fish are holding along the banks and in larger mid-river pockets and seams. Don't expect to be the only one on the river, but willing fish and strong hatches has meant a lot of hook-ups! Slipping in below the salmoflies has proved to be very productive as the golden stones and larger chocolate caddis have kept the fish looking up. Lower flows have meant wade fishing is a great option right now so grab your waders and hit the road!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Gorrilla Salmonfly sz 6
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
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

Weather Outlook
Thunderstorms loom in the forecast for today but looking forward into the next week the weatherman is calling for warm days and blue skies. Expect strong stonefly activity with the warmer days. Don't forget the suncreen at home! Wind is expected to sit down this weekend which will make for some great conditions.

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

Yellowstone River - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:
The Yellowstone river is looking better by the day but the river remains high and off-color. Flows are hovering around 12,000 CFS so excercise caution if headed out on the river. We are starting to see boats trickling into Paradise Valley in search of early-season fish, but the river isn't into fishing shape yet. High flows and low-viz are still the story but we'll be out there soon enough!

If you're in Paradise Valley and looking for a place to fish there are certainly other options. Between the spring creeks, private lakes, and Yellowstone National Park we are never far from blue ribbon fishing. Check our other fishing reports, stop on by the shop, or give us a call at 406-333-4401 for all of the scoop.