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Missouri River - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Record flows coming out of Holter earlier this month, even this week, are dropping to be sure.  Yeehaw!  Back to very reasonable 13,500 CFS it's still higher than what most think of as 'normal'.   The river has been producing though! Fishing the MO on the drop can be some very good. Once the fish see the ceiling drop, they have been known to put the feed bags on. 7-9 ft from Indy to split shot and running an AB (vs a 3/0?  we'll take it!) and using olive crayfish, rubber buggers, as wll as brown buggers as the front fly and  smaller PMD and Caddis style stuff, along with Sally nymphs has been deadly. And, yes, finally, there has been more and more fish eating on top. You heard right! DRY FLIES. *sigh of relief* Caddis, Sallies, and PMDs are out in abundance and the noses are breaking the tension. This along with a drop in flows could result in some silly  fishing.

Look for fishing to continue to be good to great as this tailwater continues to drop in flows.

 
Madison River - Upper - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Salmon Flies are out and about on the Upper.  The bugs are out from above Ennis to the Lyons Bridge area. Fish are definitely looking up and are eating big stonefly dry patterns!!  Yeehaw!  It's about time!  Along with the Big Bugs just about every other kind of bug is hatching it seems, too.  Lots of goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis are popping so don't stay overly glued to salmonfly patterns.  These others are getting eaten in a big way as well.  River clarity is improving each day and is definitely better the higher you go up the river valley.  Some of the feeder creeks like Indian and Ruby are still throwing some color into the main river. 

All the way up in the wade section, things are rocking here as well.  Lots of folks out working the banks, seams, and pockets.  Stoneflies are up here as well as the good caddis fishing.  Mornings have seen good to great nymphing as well as streamer fishing and once things warm a bit, especially into the afternoon, the hatches have been coming off very well with fish looking up and eating dries.  Reports have been that the late evening caddis has finally been producing very good results on the dry flies.

All in all, the Madison is firing on all cylinders right now and it's as good as it gets.  Look for conditions like this to stick around for the next week or so and water levels continuing to drop.  The Yellowstone is still a little ways out, but it's coming around.....

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Upper - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Salmon Flies are out and about on the Upper. Though we haven't heard any lights out reports, it does continue to get better every single day. The bugs are out from above Ennis to the Lyons Bridge. There haven't been consistent dry eaters but you can get it done. The short leash with a BIG rubber legs followed by a sally nymph or small king prince it the most productive way of fishing right now. A big bobber with a larger dark bodied streamer has also stuck fish.

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Missouri River - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Mighy MO sure is mighty right now. With record flows coming out of Holter many of us have been spending a ton of time getting to know this changing tailwater. The river has been producing though! Flows our of Canyon Ferry are now less than what is being released from Holter so we can expect the water to start receding soon. Fishing the MO on the drop can be some of the best trout fishing in the world. Once the fish see the ceiling drop, they have been known to put the feed bags on. Earlier in June the 12' Leader with a kitchen sink weight and two worms was the name of the game. Now we're fishing just as deep but with Cray imitations, smaller PMD and Caddis style stuff, along with Sally nymphs. BUT once the sun gets off the water, the fish have been eating on top. You heard right! DRY FLIES. *sigh of relief* Caddis, Sallies, and Drakes are out in abundance and the noses are breaking the tension. This along with a drop in flows could result in some silly dry fly fishing.

Even though we're all the way in Paradise Valley, we are still regularly doing day trips to the MO. It's a drive but can definitely be worth it. Call us for more MO details!  406.333.4401

 
Madison River - Lower - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Lower was being a bit stubborn a few days ago but as of yesterday the river has been giving it up.The clarity has been improving drastically and this has helped the fishing. The fish have, for the most part, moved off of their bank lairs and into the normal weed mat / bucket hang outs. For a while it was hard to see these weed mats and the previous heavy flows have changed the bottom somewhat. But now that we can see you, you can't hide. Carpet back and clouser style crayfish, micro worms, sally nymphs, and green buggers have been getting chomped.

Also, we have heard that the bikini hatch is thick as ever but not affecting the fishing. Awesome.

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 - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
As I'm sure you've heard, an Exxon pipe under the Yellowstone cracked and dumped a meaningful load of oil into the river. Though all of us here cringed when we heard the initial reports, it turns out the spill was over by Billings. This is almost 200 miles downstream from us, and even though it's still awful, our trout here are still happy. 

Anyways, the hydrographs have been showing us encouraging trends. The river continues to drop everyday. This consistent recession is good news but keep in mind that it's dropping from almost 36,000 cfs. Nonetheless, we'll be fishing the river before we know it. In fact, there are Salmon Flies buzzing around right now! If you're really interested in getting your Yellowstone fix on I'm sure you could get a pull or two on some of the REALLY slow back eddys with a big black nasty rubber legs or bugger. Keep it low and slow and almost lead it around the pool with the rod tip.

It's no secret that patience is a virtue. We have been waiting and waiting for our favorite river to slow and it's on its way. This summer is panning out to be unreal. We will probably jump straight into chasing foam hoppers down the bank. That's right! Probably not a ton of bobber fishing once the river comes into shape!

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.