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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.

Madison River - Lower - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower is starting to taper off as the higher summer temps and lower flows are warming up the H2O. However, there are still fish to be caught. Getting on really early in the morning has made all the difference. The early bird catches the fish right now.

The folks at the dam are starting to 'pulse flow' the lower river which is a good thing for water temps.  In years past this has been started as early as late June.  With all the water this year, we may only see a couple weeks of this total.  What's this mean for the fishing?  The Lower Maddy may be a consistently decent option throughout the entire rest of the warmer weeks we call summer this year.  Which also means that we could have some WOW hopper dry fly fishing out there! 

Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river system.  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.  Simply cruising the banks can be good as well.  Nymphing a short rig with a couple feet from indy to flies and minimal weight to just get that rig down is a great bet.  Larger hoppers with beadhead droppers are also working very well.  On the dropper flies, thinking small and light tippet is not a bad thing at all....

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Al's Glommer
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Bloom's para caddis
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.

Madison River - Upper - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Water levels have continued to drop on the Madison river system.  We are now very close to "normal" for early August.  While the river is getting a bit skinny in some places (think Cameron flats), we won't complain as the river is staying cool for the most part. 

Guide reports are remaining good.  Can't say as that it's excellent, but good.  Early morning and late in the evening have been best.  Middle of the day through the heat has been less than great.  There's a ton 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