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Yellowstone River - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:

The river is no longer the moving mud channel we'd grown accustomed to seeing but remains unfishable. We are starting to notice color-shifts from brown to green although it could be eagerness getting the best of us. Flows have been steady around 12,000 CFS for the past week but we expect this to change as warmer weather moves into the forecast. Excercise caution if thinking about floating the river as high-flows coupled with hazardous debris can make the Yellowstone River difficult to navigate. We're monitoring flows and conditions daily; keep checking in for updates. 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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

Yellowstone National Park continues to be one of, if not the, best fly-fishing locales for an angler in the greater Yellowstone area. The Gibbon river, the Madison river, the Firehole river, the Gardener river, the Gallatin River, and a large number of smaller streams and lakes are all running clear, hosting large hatches, and filled with willing trout. The western half of Yellowstone National Park is the major hydrothermal zone which means the rivers run clear early but heat up quick; right now we are in the window of cold, clear water that can make for some special days. Both PMD and Caddis hatches have been daily occurances with spinner falls in the AM followed by emergences throughout the day. Trout have been willingly eating dry flies and swinging softhackled emergers in the riffles has been an excellent method for catching trout. With the colder weather and grey skies we've also had some reports of excellent streamer fishing throughout the Madison and its tributaries.

The Gardner River has fallen into shape and provided some red-hot fishing early in the week for those who were able to get on it early. We expect the warmer weather forecasted for this upcoming week may raise flows and blowout the river for a few days but the Gardner will continue to provide an excellent, local, option for the Paradise Valley fly-fisherman in the upcoming weeks.

The Gallatin river south of Big Sky has also gotten really fishy this past week with reports of lots of willing fish taken mostly on nymph-indicator rigs. The colder weather has likely delayed the salmonfly hatch a bit, but we expect good big bug fishing in the not-too-distant future.



Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Firehole doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. Two-foot visibility despite high-flows has made for some good fishing, but tricky wading. If rock-hopping and hiking are on your itinerary then stop by the Gardner River.

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 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:

Old man winter decided to pay a visit to Paradise Valley a visit this week and we've seen cooler temps than expected. The PMDs are coming off but a week behind schedule for right now. Higher temps later this week will bring back summer and we expect the PMD hatch to move into full swing in the coming week. Light tippet, long leaders, down-stream presentation, and patience will be the keys to success. Make your first cast your best and try an emerger or cripple rather than a parachute post. Rod availabilty is very limited on DePuy's, Armstrong's, and Nelson's spring creeks already for the rest of the summer. Starting soon the most challanging part of catching a fish on the spring creek won't be getting an eat but rather just getting a reservation will be your biggest obstacle. Call soon to book a rod!

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
Zebra Midge sz 20
Midge Larva sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 20

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:

There is no shortage of fishy-food for the trout to gobble down right now on the Lower Madison which has made for willing trout and exciting fishing. On any given day you can expect to encounter Hydropsyche Caddis, Glossosoma Caddis, PMDs, yellow sallies, March Browns, Salmonflies, and Golden Stones buzzing around and a quick seine reveals no lack of scuds, worms, and midges. Daily weather conditions play a role in insect abundance but expect some very good fishing rain or shine. Nymphing mid-river seams at the edge of weed beds has been a great strategy for catching some big trout-- check out our Facebook page for the proof. Bouncing heavy stonefly nymphs along the bottom close to the banks is another way to go about catching trout. Recent overcast conditions which are forecast to hold through the week have made for some good streamer fishing, so if the skies are grey and casting sinking lines with 2/0 flies for big trout sounds like the perfect combo then head over to the Maddy and get stripping.

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
Bitch-Creek Bugger sz 4-8

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Flyfishing:

Cold weather this past week has kept the salmonflies at bay but fishing has remained solid. It'll be a minute before we leave the little dry box at home in favor of big bugs but for now enjoy some excellent Caddis and good PMD fishing. Fish are being caught on a range of patterns with subsurface nymphing being the most effective method. Big stonefly nymphs with smaller droppers below an indicator has been the ticket. For droppers we like caddis but don't hesitate to ditch the dropper for a second stonefly if they are grabbing the first. Grey skies and rain have made for some good streamer fishing and we expect that will continue as long the colder weather holds.

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 12-18
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz PMD sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Royal Trude sz 14-18
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
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-12

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!
 
Yellowstone River - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:

The river is no longer the moving mud channel we'd grown accustomed to seeing but remains unfishable. We are starting to notice color-shifts from brown to grey although it could be eagerness getting the best of us. Flows have been steady around 16,000 CFS for the past week and we expect this to continue into the following weeks. Excercise caution if thinking about floating the river as high-flows coupled with hazardous debris can make the Yellowstone River difficult to navigate. We're monitoring flows and conditions daily; keep checking in for updates. 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.