Fishing Reports

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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
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 91 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The creeks have been getting their normal summer pressure and it's starting to show. That being said, there are still good numbers of fish in the creek and they're still eating. They're just transitioning into their normal spring creek moods. You'll have to be on your A game if you want to fool a few but that's the whole point of fishing the creeks anyway! The morning and evening spinner falls have been good and the fish have keyed in on these bugs. PMDs are starting to taper off with Sulphurs taking their place. Also, a few folks have been pricking some fish on smaller hoppers. Being stealthy and using 7x has been the M.O.

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 - Upper - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now.  Salmonflies are pretty much done for the year.  What there are left are predominantely on the very upper river closest to Hebgen.  Water levels are still a bit elevated for most 'normal' late July time periods.  However, we won't complain as the river is staying cool and it's pretty easy getting around out there without too much in the way of hitting rocks or scraping through areas like there has been in summers past.  With as much water as we have this seaon, it's going to be a great August and September!  Guide reports continue to be solid.  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. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Lower - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 91 ° 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. Floating a stimi or attractor dry with a smaller mayfly dropper has been fishing but dowrning a crayfish or sculpin under a bobber has been a little more productive. Look for the deeper slots and weed beds as the fish will be trying to avoid the high sun.

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

 
Gallatin River - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Gally 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


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 91 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Long story short - Things in the Northeast corner of the park are looking better every single day. The Lamar and Soda Butte, though still high, are fishing very well. Slough Creek is dropping and clearing. The dry fly game up there isn't up to speed but the fish are absolutely catchable subsurface if they won't eat your foamie.

Firehole- time to lay off and seek cooler water elsewhere

Gibbon river- You should really only consider fishing the Gibbon early in the morning. The flows are tiny and the water is warming up VERY quickly when the sun comes up.

Upper Gardner river- definitely shaped up and fishing well from what we have heard.  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.  While salmonflies are pretty well wrapped up, goldenstones, yellow sallies, and PMDs as well as caddis are still very much in the play.  Grasshoppers and other terrestrials are also a hit and will be from now through Sept.

Lamar river-  flows are definitely continuing to drop here and fishing is beginning to show signs of happening.  River still has considerable volume compared to what it should have for this time in July.  You still can't wade across the Lamar in a majority of places.  But reports are starting to come in that there fish to be caught.  Lots of bug activity as well.  Salmonflies, goldenstones, yellow sallies, green drakes, PMDs, and caddis are all coming off in good numbers.

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-  The creek is totally fishable now. The reports we've heard as of late is that its 90% there. The dry fly fishing hasn't come into its own yet but people have definitely been picking up fish on the surface. If you can't get them to look up, hit them in the face with the usual array of nymphs and hold on. Also, since the Lamar and Soda Butte are in primo condition, there will be a good number of anglers on these two streams. Slough might be a good way to escape some of the pressue.

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.