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Madison River - Upper - September 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fishing has definitely been on the upswing over on the Maddy.  Water flows are pretty well stable though lower than what we'd like to have for fall fishing.. Our cooler weather pattern may not continue, but the nights are longer and the days shorter so the water has been getting a much needed cooling off.  Cooler water = more actively feeding trout!  Terrestrial fishing with small-ish hoppers in tan, yellow, or pink have been taking their share of fish.  Ants and beetles too.  "Throwback" attractors like royal wulffs and trudes have found their way out of the fly boxes and turning a few heads as well.  Down Under is probably the most consistent of all, however.  Not much has changed as far as what to throw.  Olive as well as natural bunny fur streamers both large and small along with your favorite Maddy small beadhead either all under an indy or without and on a tight line barely creeping along has been good.

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Clear everywhere and fishing good.  Late day T-storms that hit the Paradise Valley area did not have the same effect on the Park.  In fact, it's been rather nice on the rivers here.  A bit cooler.  And some clouds.  Park trout Likey!!  Fshing remains consistently good on a gamut of terrestrial patterns.  You should really have a good assortment of hoppers, crickets, ants, and beetles to throw.  Some of these Park cutty's are getting pretty darn wiley!  One good drift and they come to inspect, don't throw again-- change it up!  Sometimes that's the only way to get 'em to eat.  With the clouds, we are starting to see a bit more in the way of bugs.  Granted, it's not a lingering hatch by any means but a few baetis, a few grey drakes, some psuedos.... makes for throwing an array of parachute mayfly patterns acceptable and fish will respond.



 
Yellowstone River - September 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting a little tired of Same ol- Same ol stuff.  A few clouds and T-boomers have been adding some flavor to otherwise hot and sunny conditions.  River is holding fine, no more mudplugs so peeps are spread out for sure.  It's a little quieter now after Labor Day weekend.  Not that it was super busy on the long weekend by any stretch.  AM action on small-ish parachutes in the rusty as well as purple coloration still doing pretty good.  Mahoganies are hanging around a bit & the fish are still willing to eat a well presented parachute.  The hopper thing seems to have died just a bit.  And the midnight stones are pretty well kaput.  What's left?  Ants and beetles have been good pretty much start to finish.  Sure would be good to see some real fall weather move in... Going down?  Under the bobber is still a good choice if you can't get 'em to eat on top.  Go to is still an olive bugger (goblin) or on Pat's Rubberlegs in brown, tan/brown, orange/brown as well as olive.  Adding a spicy little dropper has also ramped up the counts.  Both whitey as well as some good trout. 

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


Open 7 days a week, 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 - August 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Hot and sunny!  Bodes for a bit of a tougher time on the creeks.  Though things have been pretty good here.  Believe it or not, there's still a few PMDs that are managing to show.  Trout are relatively indifferent and good luck getting one to eat a dun.  It's been a game to watch some of these nice fish looking, watching, following, and lastly refusing perfectly live, real PMD duns!  Think they've been caught a few times??  This is the time of the season when the spring creeks can truly seperate the men from the boys!  So, what's the goods then?  What will the trout likely eat?  Midges for one.  Sulphers for another.  Terrestrials too.  Especially small very well presented ants and beetles.  First cast or else....  Good luck!
 
Madison River - Upper - August 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's hot out there once again.  Not to beat a broken horse, but the early bird gets the worm..... And the second mouse ALWAYS gets the cheese!!  Get on early.  Float, fish hard, have a fun time.  Be back in town for a cold one at the Gravel Bar.   Terrestrial fishing with small-ish hoppers in tan, yellow, or pink have been taking their share of fish.  Ants and beetles too.  "Throwback" attractors like royal wulffs and trudes have found their way out of the fly boxes and turning a few heads as well.  Down Under is probably the most consistent of all, however.  Olive as well as natural bunny fur streamers both large and small along with your favorite Maddy small beadhead either all under an inday or without and on a tight line barely creeping along has been good.

 
Yellowstone River - August 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
A little cool-off, then heating back up.  That's the word anyways.  Been seeing good AM action on small-ish parachutes in the rusty as well as purple coloration lately.  Mahoganies are out and the fish seem to like them.  You can get some fish to eat smaller hoppers through the midday.  Ants and beetles have been good pretty much start to finish.  Going down?  Under the bobber has been consistently good on Pat's Rubberlegs in brown, tan/brown, orange/brown as well as olive.  Adding a spicy little dropper has also ramped up the counts.  Both whitey as well as some good trout. 

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Morrish Hopper- we likey small pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Whitecloud hopper in peach, and small
Freddie
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Hi-vis parachute mahogany sz 14
Copper Haze 14
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
FB PT
Lil Spanker
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive
Goblin
Shiela


Open 7 days a week, Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.