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Madison River - Upper - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Day to day is one way to look at the Upper Maddy.  Frustrating is another.  Just depends upon who you talk to.  Reports are decent.  Can't say as that it's excellent, but good.  Seems that the river is following the same general pattern it has for the past couple Augusts with a day where the bigger fish seem to be active followed by a day or two of nothing but feisty but more junior sized dudes eating where the big boys had been.  No rhyme or reason, pattern, or whatever.  Early morning and late in the evening have been best.  Middle of the day through the heat has been less than great.  There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Nocturnal goldenstones and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now. Look for terrestrial hopper fishing to get better in the coming weeks as hayfields dry out and those grasseating long-leggers will be showing up bankside.  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Yellowstone River - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy weekend to you all!  Good to great fishing on the Yellowstone beckons.  Lots of folks on the water all week thus far and today will likely be no different.  Word has spread far and wide that the Stone is fishing well and with the pent up demand to be on it stemming from a very long and uncharacteristic July, it's no wonder.  Fishing has been good from top (Gardiner) to way down low (Big Timber) this week.  Yellowstone phatties are begining to look up as much as down meaning anglers wanting to fish a big Chubby or other goldenstone/hopper type dry fly are getting it eaten as are the dudes chunking weighted junk under an indy or stripping it back.  Mid to upper Paradise Valley areas are seeing good evening caddis as well so if you don't want to be out in the middle day hours, heading out for an evening float after the day's ruckus isn't a bad gig.  Streamer boys enjoying a good bite at first and last light too. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Norm Wood Chubby
Chubby Tan, Golden, Red
Carnage Goldenstone
RL Royal Stimi
Neversink Trudes
Yeager's 409 (should be 406..)
Paralime Variant
Bloom's Para Caddis
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Dirty bird
Lightning bug
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
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. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Long story short - The Northeast corner of the park is where it's at for great fishing opportunities. The Lamar and Soda Butte, though still high, are fishing very well. Slough Creek is strong. The dry fly game is full on fun.  And....you won't be alone.  Lots of dudes out there wanting the same thing as you!  Go early and have good hiking shoes if you absolutely have to be by yourself.  Don't mind a few peeps around?  Have at it at any of the well distinguished (read crowded) pull-outs.

Firehole- time to lay off and seek cooler water elsewhere

Gibbon river- fair to middling from word back.  Early game or end of day/late evening.  Basic but small sized attractors like para adams, royal wulffs, trudes, elk hair caddis and the like as well as full complement of terrrestrials should get it done for you.  Stay above the falls for decent fish concentrations.

Upper Gardner river- fishing well on all acounts.  Great brook trout fishing on small dry flies.  Fun classic patterns like rat faced McDougals (remember that??) parachute adams, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis all are working.  Keep it simple here!  it's not that tough.  Smaller streams in the area like Indian Crk, Panther Crk, Winter Crk have also been a lot of fun.

Gardner river-  Good water conditions are responsible for happy fishermen along the Gardner river from Lava Crk to its entrance into the Yellowstone river mainstem. Goldenstones, caddis, and terrestrials are what to toss.  Hopper/dropper rigs or anything resembling your favorite dry followed by a BH nymph of choice will get the job done. The Gardner has been a busy place so like other Park choices, get there early, plan to hike for the better holes.

Lamar river-  flows are definitely continuing to drop here and dry fly fishing is whowing great signs of happening.  River still has considerable volume compared to what it should have for this time of summer.  You still can't wade across the Lamar just willy nilly or every place you want to.  However, you can access just about the entire valley so some fishing pressure is beginning to disperse.  Goldenstones, Caddis, some drakes, as well as some PMD mayflies are what to expect.  Hopper and other terrestrial fishing is picking up as well.

Soda Butte Creek- Soda Butte is coming into prime shape right now. Bugs are hatching and trout are eating. The usual array of terrestrials along with some drakes and PMDs should get the job done.

Slough Creek-  Game On! The dry fly fishing has come into its own and is definitely the preferred means . If you can't get them to look up, hit them in the face with the usual array of small nymphs and hold on. Lots of folks love this place and the fish are not dumb.  Don't hesitate to go small on flies or your tippet.  If you like a challenge, sight casting to rising fish is a blast and Slough Creek Cuttys are one of the epitomies of 'gettin it done' in the Park.

Stop by the shop on your way to the Park for licenses, flies, and gear.  Or feel free to call for up-to-the-minute reports 406-333-4401.

 
Yellowstone River - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Guide Trip reports have been coming back with definitely positive results.  It's still mostly subsurface on the fly scene, but that's changing super quick.  There are increasing numbers of respectable dry fly reports surfacing.  And as the water continues to drop toward that 6-grand number, bet that we'll be tossing dries along with the indy rigs both with excellent results. 

Those on the water and getting it done are throwing streamers to the banks early as well as late in the day.  Nymphing under a big indicator with rubberlegs, buggers, and the like followed by beadheads of the caddis variety will get you bent pretty much anytime while out there.  Seems that there has been a wicked bite that goes off just before PM T-storms move through.  Clouds and pressure change have been giving Yellowstone phatties a reason to chew on a multitude of offerings.  Folks doing the late PM floats may be seeing the more consistent dry fly activity for now.  

In the coming days, we should be seeing more and more nocturnal goldenstones as well as terrestrials coming on.  Our dry fly fishing is about to go richter.  Fishing is spreading out from top to bottom (Gardiner to Big T) with dudes seeing  good to better than that for fat, healthy trout in the net.

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Norm Wood Chubby
Chubby Tan, Golden, Red
Carnage Goldenstone
RL Royal Stimi
Neversink Trudes
Yeager's 409 (should be 406..)
Paralime Variant
Bloom's Para Caddis
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
RL Crystal Buggers- olive
Pat's Rubber Leg olv/blk, brown (turd), org/brown, tan
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Dirty bird
Lightning bug
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper John
Delekta stones in smaller sizes
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. 

So you want to fish SW Montana??  Fall bookings are about like the fishing right now- going big.  Call us if you are even remotely thinking about a guide for any time left here in August and most certainly for Sept.  Guide calendars are about full.  It's going fast....

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
You'll have to be on your A game if you want to fool the spring creek trout right now, but that's the whole point of fishing the creeks anyway!  That being said, there are still good numbers of fish in the creek and they're still eating- just on their terms more than ours generally. The mornings are for the most part a midge feeding activity and hopefully there is an evening spinner fall that occurs.  Middle of the day is a good time to quietly keep moving at a slow steady pace hitting each likely looking spot with smaller hoppers. Being stealthy and using 7x has been the M.O.  
 
Gallatin River - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Tired of looking at  a nymph rig to get a few fish?  Heading to the Gallatin is an excellent choice right now. The Gallatin is in great shape right now. The dry fly fishing in the canyon and below it has been really consistent and we have heard reports of some bigger than average fish coming to hand as of late. The higher flows are probably keeping all the fish happy and chowing. As a wade fishing option right now the Gallatin is a great choice. However, it is still uncharacteristically high and you won't be able to cross where ever you want. Wade carefully. Keep in mind that Spruce Moths have been fluttering around and little hoppers are starting to show themselves. 

Your Fly Box:

Pat's Rubberlegs sizes 6-10
Yuk bugs 6-10
Mega prince 8-10
Mr. Rubberlegs 8-10
Tungsten 20-incher 8-12
Gold bead Crystal Rubberleg bugger 6-10
FB Hare's ear 12-16
Morrish Dirty Bird 12-16
Lightning bug 12-18
Soft hackle PT 12-18
FB PT 12-18
Iron Sally 12-14
King Prince 12-16
Queen Prince 12-16
San Juan Worm 10-14
Idyl's Chubby 8-12
RL Stimi 8-14
Goldie Hawn 12-14
Yellow Humpy 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis 12-18
Purple Haze parachute 12-16
Hi-vis para Adams 12-16

Call us for up to minute updates on the upper and lower stretches.
406-333-4401