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Yellowstone River - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:
River flows are still high at 18,600 CFS in Livingston. Cooler weather this last week reduced flows from their 30,000+ CFS peak but the Yellowstone River remains unfishable. There is still more debris than boats on the river and we look for this to continue into the upcoming weeks. We will keep you posted on Yellowstone River fishing conditions; you can bet we'll be the first ones out when the fishing gets good!

Recommended Flies:
A full tank of gas and directions to the Firehole River

Weather:
It has been warm in the valley with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

The Firehole River is the place to be right now. Flows are stablizing, water temperature is getting just right, and the plentiful bug activity has made for some great days of fishing. There have been strong White Miller caddis hatches, improving PMD fishing, and salmonflies starting to appear in the canyon. This next week we are expecting the salmonflies to go off, but the stonefly nymphing will be a great bet before the adults emerge. Above the canyon fishing the riffles and cut-banks has been the most productive with caddis and PMD dry flies, nymphs, and soft-hackles all taking their fair share of fish.

The Gibbon and Madison Rivers are taking a little longer to clear up but are looking better by the day. In the next two weeks look to both as great options if you are in the area. Similar to the Firehole river Caddis hatches will be strong with PMDs picking up. Fishing stoneflies below Gibbon Falls and throughout the Madison will provide action in between hatches.

The ice has started to break up on Yellowstone Lake, but the rivers in the northeast corner of the Park continue to run high and push mud, remaining unfishable. Trout lake provides a good option if you find yourself in the Lamar Valley, but otherwise stay west and enjoy the great fishing to be had. We will keep you updated on changing conditions.

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
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
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

Weather:
Warm daytime temperatures with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack. The Firehole is about ready to wet-wade but cooler mornings have kept us in waders.

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 - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:

Fishing continues to remain good on DePuy's, Armstong's, and Nelson's spring creeks. The dry fly fishing has slowed as the BWO hatches have tapered off and we now wait for the PMDs to show up. On cooler, calmer days, with good cloud coverage keep your eyes peeled for rising fish but nymphing is certainly your best strategy right now. Look to fish smaller mayfly, midge, and caddis nymph patterns for the best results. The PMDs will start hatching soon and once they do the spring creeks will be the hot spot to fish for the angler headed to Paradise Valley. Rod slots are filling up quick so if you are considering a day of fishing in late June or early July you'd better move quick!

Recommended Flies:
Griffith's Gnat sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 18-22
Quigley's Microcripple sz 18-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-22
Miracle Midge sz 18-20
Midge Larva sz 18-20
Smokejumper Baetis sz 18-20
Loopwing Emerger sz 18-20
Tiltwing BWO sz 18-20
Kinsey's Emerger sz 18-20
Thor Cripple sz 18-20
Sawyer's PT Nymph sz 18-20
WD-50 sz 18-20
Little Green Machine sz 18-20
Elk-Hair Caddis sz 16-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Translucent Caddis sz 16-18
Downey's PMD sz 16-18

Weather:
It has been warm in the valley with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.



 
Madison River - Lower - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison Flyfishing:

Flows have been reduced to 3410 CFS,  sunny skies rule next weeks forecast, and the countdown has begun for the salmonfly fishing on the lower Madison. The big bugs are close to shore and prime to pop in the next two weeks.

The water continues to stay off-color but the trout, particularly the big browns, don't seem to mind as reports of good streamer fishing continue to pour in. Fishing with rubber legs, streamers, crawdaddies, and other big-nasties has been the ticket and will continue to be until the salmonflies go off. When they do you'll be sure to hear about it from us, and be ready to really kick the summer off with some great fishing. I know you'll see us out there!

Recommended Flies:
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

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing

A day fly fishing on Armstong's, DePuy's, or Nelson's Spring Creek is always a day well-spent and are a great option this time of year as we watch the Yellowstone river get bigger by the day. Fishing has been nothing short of great as midge hatches continue to be strong and some lingering BWO and emerging Caddisflies add to the action. Look to fish the midge hatches on calmer mornings and evenings and expect the BWO and Caddis activity to fall in between. The fish tend to be keying in on the nymphs but be ready for rising fish at anytime.

Recommended Flies:
Griffith's Gnat sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 18-22
Quigley's Microcripple sz 18-22
Zebra Midge sz 18-22
Miracle Midge sz 18-20
Smokejumper Baetis sz 18-20
Loopwing Emerger sz 18-20
Tiltwing BWO sz 18-20
Kinsey's Emerger sz 18-20
Thor Cripple sz 18-20
Sawyer's PT Nymph sz 18-20
WD-50 sz 18-20
Little Green Machine sz 18-20
Elk-Hair Caddis sz 16-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18

.....we hear a small white zonker may not be a bad bet either

Weather:
It has been warm in the valley with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - May 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park is open to Fishing!

Yellowstone Park opened this past weekend for the season and is a great option to fish right now. The western half of the park, namely the Firehole River, the Gibbon, and the Madison River, is where you will want to focus your fly fishing efforts. The rivers are high and clear so look to getting your flies deeper along cut banks and keep your eyes peeled for rising fish taking Caddisflies and PMD Mayflies. This is a great time of the year to get out and explore the park; lighter crowds and active wildlife can make for special days.

And don't forget, de-barb your hooks and use non-lead split shot!

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 14-18
Copper Haze sz 14-18
Purple Haze Cripple sz 14-16
Royal Trude sz 14-16
Copper John Soft Hackle sz 14-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 12-18

Weather:
Looking forward expect warm temps with some afternoon showers. Don't forget sunblock or a rain coat!

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.