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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
We continue to have guides on the spring creeks multiple days a week.  Reports have been getting a little thinner and with less bravado than the past month plus.  Mind you, it's not bad at all, just that things have hit their mid summer swing for the spring creeks. There are still plenty of choosy fish to fish over as there were a couple weeks ago.  You just have to really be on your game to have days where you are truly racking up the numbers!   PMDs are still the mainstay, but in dwindling numbers and hatches are becoming that much shorter in duration.  Some days there are still good emergences, others not so much at all.  And the fish are most definitely reacting to this.  They are getting quite particular.  Seems that emerging mayflies aren't enough to get them juiced at all.  A good spinnerfall however has.  So think about that when you first get to the creeks in the AM or if you can stand it to stay late....  They are not pushovers at all. Persistence and vey good presentations and 7X are required! If you see the occasional rise from a bank eater and don't see any mayflies, think terrestrials, and very carefully feed him an ant, beetle, or even some tricked out small hopper and get ready.

The creeks and our guides have been getting booked solid as of late so calling the shop to see what's available is in your best interest if you want to get a day on the water. 333.4401
 
Madison River - Lower - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison is still a very good bet right now.  And any season where we can comfortably fish here through the month of July is a bonus.  Water levels and clarity are just about perfect right now with maybe a hint of color remaining leaving the fish feeling relatively safe and secure in the the weed beds, buckets, and riffle corners. Water temps are hitting middle 60s in the heat of the day which is making for a slower period from 2-6-ish, but they are not such an issue that its necessary to totally pull the plug on the fishing.  Fishing early in the day and getting off in the middle of the afternoon is not a bad idea.  Or, just put your feet up and bob along with all the tubers and watch the fun!

Folks are getting fish to come to a dry fly now more than in the past couple weeks.  It's still not lights out or anything, but sticking to it will get you rewarded with a few very nice Madison phatties.  Nymphing continues to be the most successful mens with which to have a bend in your fly rod.  Typical Lower Madison style rigs with Carpet back and clouser style crayfish, san juan worms, sally nymphs, and green buggers are all good choices.  With the number of anglers these fish have been seeing on a daily basis, it's not a bad idea to mix it up some and definitely your going to see that you'll need to be using some lighter tippets in order to fool the big boys out there.  They didn't get that big without wising up.

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

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are slowing a bit on the spring creeks.  They've been so darn good- as good as they get- and from some old timers, as good as ever, that it was bound to happen sometime soon.  PMDs are still the mainstay coming off most days, but in dwindling numbers and in shorter lengths.  Some days there are still good emergences, others not so much at all.  And the fish are most definitely reacting to this.  They are getting quite particular.  Seems that emerging mayflies aren't enough to get them juiced at all.  A good spinnerfall however has.  So think about that when you first get to the creeks in the AM or if you can stand it to stay late....  They are not pushovers at all. Persistence and vey good presentations and 7X are required! If you see the occasional rise from a bank eater and don't see any mayflies, think terrestrials and very carefully feed him an ant or beetle and get ready.

The creeks and our guides have been getting booked solid as of late so calling the shop to see what's available is in your best interest if you want to get a day on the water. 333.4401
 
Yellowstone River - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
We are Oh So Close to coming into the running over here.  Definitely way more green than brown and continuing to drop in flows.  How far out are we??? Still a couple days before we're really comfortable with even thinking of running trips.  Really.  I know there have been some dudes out there.  Hell, we're ALL chomping at the bit to get on the Stone.  But reality says that this isn't something to mess around with and it's still just a boat ride.  There are all kinds of new channnels, downed trees, islands literally gone only to pop up in totally new places that until the volume of water comes down, even just a couple thousand CFS more, that something serious could happen in a hurry if you aren't an extremely skilled oarsmen and prepared. 

That being said, we are most definitely looking forward to getting out there and not only exploring the new scenery, but catching some Yellowstone trout!  True feeling is that we are a week away and anticipation is growing.

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.  Thinking about a guide for July, August, or Sept??  It would be in your best interest to get on the phone with us now.... not kidding.

 
Gallatin River - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Gallitin has become a contender!  Going green with almost 2 feet of visibility, this location has been getting some attention the past several days.  Folks that have been out on the Gallatin have been reporting good success.  We have heard that the salmonflies are out above the Big Sky area  and that while nymphing big uglies with beadhead droppers is the most consistent way to have a bend in the rod, there have been some who are getting a few Gallatin phatties on top with stonefly patterns.  

Continue to watch the higher than normal water flows if you are out there.  There's still a ton of volume coming down.  Be very careful wading this river less you want to be a statistic.  The Gallatin is going to continue to drop and get better throughout the weekend. 




 
Madison River - Upper - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now.  Salmonflies are present, although predominantely on the very upper river around Raynolds Pass above Lyons bridge.  While there may not be many of the big bugs still evident in the middle to lower valley, salmonfly patterns will still raise some nice fish.  River clarity continues to improve and flows are on the steady drop making for some very good fishing.  Guide reports have been solid all week long.  Folks are getting nice 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.  All in all, the Madison is in great shape and fishing well.

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401