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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - October 7th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Early October on the spring creeks.  Like most things this season, "normal" fall like conditions with cooler temps, overcast skies, and good baetis action has been slow to develop.  But it's here, now, so take advantage!  Look for fish midging in the morning hours.  You can choose to go after the selective surface risers with midge emerger patterns or nymph them with pupa and subsurface baetis nymphs, sow bugs, small san juans, and the like until the main baetis hatch activity starts midday and rolls through the afternoon.  Given the right conditions (low light, relatively warm air, and no wind) you can get a good spinner fall late as well prolonging the day!  All in all, a great time to be on the creeks! 

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Madison River - Upper - October 7th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Very good water conditions on the Upper Madison have the fish here quite happy.  Word has been that it's good from Ennis all the way up the valley to Lyons.  Water temps are quite good and baetis are definitely present.   Nymphing has been the most prevalent means to put fish to the net.  Dry fly guys are catching a few.  And Streamer junkies are catching a few very nice fish per day along with the usual assortment of middle sizers to boot. Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.   Look for it all to be getting better as fall progresses!

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Lower - October 7th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cool, clouds, negotiable wind out of the West/SW... Sounds like a good day on the Lower Maddy!  Reports have been pretty decent the past couple days.  Baetis are present in good numbers and fish are definitely keying in on them.  Is the dry fly fishing good?  Well, can be.  You'll see good numbers of smaller to medium sized bows and browns willing to gobble a well presented parachute Adams or Purple Haze.  The big boys?  Not so much.  As per usual out here, nymphing is not only the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod, but it's also what's going to get the bigger fish.  Sorry but true.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bow bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  Short leash it 2-3 feet to indy or go long, whatever your pick, it'll work.  Weed bed edges as well as the defined buckets are the places to concentrate your presentations. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes



Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.

 
Yellowstone River - October 6th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cool, wet weather on the way.  Wind in front of it to be sure.  Look for fairly drastic temperature change after today to start affecting the fishing for the next several days through the weekend.   With the cloudy, rainy weather on tap think: Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) and drakes as the go to bugs on top.  With the water temps continuing to cool,  turning to nymphing in the AM as the action has been slow to get going has been the way to start the day. Around lunch time go to the short leash method with lighter nymph patterns and by 2pm dries through the remainder of the day all the way to the boat ramp.  

Your Fly Box-
Neversink Trudes- small sizes in tan or black
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive -small
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive smaller sizes
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan-small
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 



 
Yellowstone River - September 27th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Is there an end in sight to "above average" anything?  Weather, water, it's all been like that this season...  Summer won't/can't let go.  Another warm one in store today (for the last week of Sept anyways).  Reports from yesterday were mixed.  Some good, some just OK.   With the warm, sunny weather and zero frost at all this week now,  there's still plenty of grasshoppers around! Think hoppity-hops in smaller sizes with tan, yellow, and olive bodies, as well as flying ants, beetles as good afternoon searching patterns. Try taking a glass bead ant pattern as a dropper. Both Green as well as Gray drakes are in the mix.  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) have been present each PM even through the bright sunshine.  Some folks are turning to nymphing in the AM as the action has been slow to get going.  Uncle Whitey has been brutal though.....they seem to be in the prime spots unless the trout are really on the feed.  Think about the skinny water inside the main current seams and getting a perfect drift EVERY time you lay the fly on the water.  And LOOK UNDER your fly.  A lot of really nice fish are not whacking the dry but SUCKING it down.  You hardly see anything but your fly disappear.  BELIEVE in your guide when he says HIT IT!  

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper- small sizes in yellow & pink
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes- small sizes in tan or black
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive -small
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff Adams, Purple, as well as olive
PMXs in royal, orange, olive
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan-small
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Ron Burgundy san juan
Home Invaders
Peanut Envy
G's S Dungeon
McCune Sculpins

Feel free to call us any time or stop by the fly shop to get up to the minute reports on where to go as well as the bugs and gear to get 'em.  We're here every day of the week. 



 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are slowly turning to fall type activities on the spring creeks.  Reports have been mixed still, but getting better.  There have been some more reliable hatches now and better midges as well to add to the ever present terrestrial action that has been the staple for some time now.  Had word that the other day there was decent baetis in the morning and that while it was cool in the AM, fish were actively feeding on both baetis as well as midges and that fishing was good.  Once it got hot around the middle of the day, things subsided and it was back to the doldrums.  We need some distinct weather events to move in..... It would be nice to see some cloudy days in the 60s with scattered showers or at least some kind of chance of that.  No wind would be welcome too...  If wishes could come true.....