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Yellowstone River - September 3rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 89 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Happy Labor Day weekend!  I think the Big Event may be starting to dwindle down just a bit.  It's not "stupid good" fishing like it was a little while ago.  It's definitely not bad though by any means!  Lots of peeps on the water the past weeks had educated a bunch of Yellowstone fish to not necessarily slam every fly put in front of them.  Goldenstone and hopper patterns still rule the roost, however, smaller tippet sizes (4x instead of 2) may be the call to actually get solid eats instead of slaps. Don't neglect smaller terrestrials as well.  Ants, beetles, even bee patterns continue to be good alternatives.  We may see a few fall drakes starting soon.  Now's the time...    Yes, there are some dudes out there very early and again late, late that have been yanking streamers and getting a few...  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

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....

 
Madison River - Lower - August 29th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison- Broken Record???? Still not what we'd call a place to be....Water temps are close to the 70 degree mark by so its suggested that you get out there early and pull off by mid PM.  No restrictions or anything like that from the State and don't see any coming, it's just a suggestion to help preserve those trout from undue stress later in the day.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  Mid river weedbeds that are now exposed are not as likely to produce as the buckets, slots, and gravel runs with some depth to them. 



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 - August 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fishing has been good this week.  And expect that to continue to the be the case for the foreseeable future.  We're hearing from folks fishing from just outside Yellowstone Park by Gardiner all the way on east of Livingston to Big Timber -and even beyond.  Things have been pretty consistent all around.  Fishing big bushy dry fly patterns like the Chubby Chernobyl and other goldenstone/hopper type dries as welll as standard attractor patterns are all getting eats.  Don't neglect smaller terrestrials as well.  Ants, beetles, even bee patterns have produced.    Streamer boys enjoying a good bite at first and last light, and if we have overcast skies, too.  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

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....

 
Madison River - Upper - August 25th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
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 National Park Rivers - August 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Still reigning as the place to be- The Northeast corner of the park is where it's at for consistent fishing opportunities. The Lamar and Soda Butte, & Slough Creek are all good bets. Best action has been on top water selections. However, you will no have the place to yourself.  It's summer in the Park and lots of dudes (& dudettes) are 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- 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.

Lamar river-  Dry fly fishing is awesome right now.  You can now wade across the Lamar to get to far reaching places that just a little while ago you couldn't. The entire valley is now fair game.  Fishing pressure still (& likely always will be-) concentrated at the easiest of pullouts up and down the valley.  Want relative peace and quiet?  Start Hiking!  Goldenstones, Caddis, Drakes, as well as a few remnant PMD mayflies are what to expect.  Hopper and other terrestrial fishing is definitely gaining momentum.

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.

 
Madison River - Lower - August 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Lower Madison- not what we'd call prime conditions out this way....Water temps are pushing close to the 70 degree mark by middle day so its suggested that you get out there early and pull off by mid PM.  No restrictions or anything like that from the State and don't see any coming, it's just a suggestion to help preserve those trout from undue stress later in the day.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  Mid river weedbeds that are now exposed are not as likely to produce as the buckets, slots, and gravel runs with some depth to them. 



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