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Yellowstone River - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Seems we are back in the sun and summer look... Only a light frost this morning and promises of sun all day along with rising temperatures.  Back to the 80s from the looks of things.  Mayfly dominance may have to take a side seat to resurgance in terrestrials including hoppers.  Walked through the grass this morning on the way to look at the river and there's still plenty of kickers around! Think hoppity-hops in smaller sizes with tan, yellow, and olive bodies, as well as flying ants, beetles as good afternoon searching patterns. Both Green as well as Gray drakes are in the mix.  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each PM as well.  Some folks are turning to nymphing in the AM as it has been slow to get going.  Uncle Whitey has been brutal though..... It's a really tough call- extra coffee and the complete sports page re-read or get on the water first and stay out front even through AM duldrums.... you choose.

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in 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
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten 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 River - September 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
OK, this is fall!  Mostly cloudy skies, calling for rain showers, but hold on----High Wind alerts today...  Keep your fingers crossed it won't actually be the case.  The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.   Look to grass munchers in smaller sizes in tan, yellow, and olive, as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Both Green as well as Gray drakes are showing up with more and more regularity.  Given a really good overcast, cool day with the threat of rain showers and low wind, it could be a banner day!  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each day right now as well.  We haven't seen a WOW hatch of them yet, but I'd bet 'that kinda day' isn't far off.

Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in 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
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten 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 - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting better on the Upper continues to be the word as of late.  Water levels have been pumped up a bit recently which is a good thing.  Was it because the flows were too low in August during the middle of summer?  No.  Go figure- there's been water in the lake ALL summer long.  The river was bumped now, in mid Sept because of knowledge that there needs to be a draw down before next springs runoff.  Don't ask.... We do know this, along with the water levels coming up, the temps are dropping and fish are happy!   There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long while more and more good size fish (and a few Biggies) are starting to show up consistently.  Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.  Hoppers and terrestrials are decent as well.  Streamer junkies are catching a few nice fish per day.  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
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Feels like? Fall-   Maybe, just maybe this could be the beginning of 'normal' fall like weather for us.  In the Park, it sounds like a bit of a broken record, but  the Northeast corner of the park still reigns tops for consistent fishing opportunities. Things are changing, however, with the cooler weather, places like the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison in the Park are going to start to pick up again.  Water temps will be cooling off and fish becoming more active.  Still hard to go wrong though with one of the Top 3: Lamar, Soda Butte or Slough Creek. And as we've said it all season so far-  the Park is a very popular place to fish -lots of dudes (& dudettes) are out there wanting to be out on the water.  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- water temps beginning to shape up(by that we mean down...) and fishing is starting to become respectable again.  Look for caddis and baetis mayfly patterns as well as terrestrials to be your go-to choices.

Gibbon river- Haven't actually had a report back on the Gibbon specific, but since the Firehole is cooling and fishing pretty well, it stands to reason that the Gibbon is as well.  Perhaps in addition to terrrestrial bugs, maybe some fall drakes are beginning to show...

Madison in the Park-  Did get a report back that the Maddy is OK.  Quite a few peeps out trying, but there's not much in the way of Lake Run fish coming in just yet.  Still a ways away for the bad boys of fall.  

Upper Gardner river- fishing well on all acounts.  Great brook trout fishing on small dry flies.  Keep it simple here! Classic patterns like parachute adams, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis all are working. It's not that tough.  Going under?  Hare's Ear, PT, prince are about all you need.  Keep an eye out for bears- pretty good concentration of griz in the area.  You should have bear spray and not be fishing alone.  Make a ruckus as you hike in and let the bears know you are around.

Gardner river-  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 reigning supreme.  When doesn't it?  Why would you fish by other means here?  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!  Drakes,   Mr Terrestrial - that's Hopper to you-OK and Mr. Ant or Ms. Beetle is what to have on the end of your tippet.Look for Mstr Baetis to be in the mix as well.

Soda Butte Creek- See Lamar....

Slough Creek-  Did we say tough? Lots of folks love this place and the fish are not dumb.  Don't hesitate to go small (itty-bitty!) 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 - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison- OK- finally some relief.  This cooling off has been really good for making things better out here.  Water temps are back in the 60s and fish are fat and happily eating.  Dry fly fishing while seemingly never super consistent out here, has been fairly decent.  Large hopper patterns fished singly and with faith are getting some really nice fish!  You may have to try several patterns before deciding upon which one actually gets the eats.  Nymphing out on the Lower is traditionally the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  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. 

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 - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cooler mornings.  Heck, even a frost..... Definitely harbingers that Fall is (should) be here.  A small but nice cooling off period sure did help out. Can't say as that it's 'rocking' crazy great out there, but it's solid.  Especially if you put your time in. The hopper fishing has definitely started to subside.   Look to grass munchers in smaller sizes in tan, yellow, and olive, as well as flying ants, beetles, and large to medium sized drake patterns as well as our ol buddy purple haze are the go to patterns.  Both Green as well as Gray drakes are showing up with more and more regularity.  Given a really good overcast, cool day with the threat of rain showers and low wind, it could be a banner day!  Blue Wing Olives (baetis...) are most definitely out and about each day right now as well.  We haven't seen a WOW hatch of them yet, but I'd bet 'that kinda day' isn't far off.
Your Fly Box-
Chubby Tan, Golden, Olive-smaller sizes like 12
Paramore-ish Hopper
Morrish Hopper
Carnage Hopper
Neversink Trudes
Wilcox's JC Special both grey and olive (xxx!)
Paralime Variant
Purple Haze, Copper Haze
Parachute Adams- hi vis as well as 'guide chute'
Parachute Hare's Ear
Gray Drake cripples
Parawulff in 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
Mr. Rubberlegs- hare's ear, PT, Goldenstone
Mega Prince
Candy Apple Bugger
King, Queen prince
Lightning bug
Tungsten 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....