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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
 
Gallatin River - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Still considerably higher than one would like to see for this time of year and clarity that one could say is lacking...... What may have been OK as far as fishable conditions a day or two ago have been beaten back with the nasty rainstorms the Gallatin has had recently.  The very upper river above the Taylor Fork up into the Park had been getting close to a fishable situation.  Unfortunately it's not any more.

Time will tell, but this one should hopefully get close to a passable option here in the next week or so all things considered.  It still won't be really good until later, but with the way things have been around here, seems like peeps are willing to push the envelope a bit more than normal to be out there wetting a line....
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
PMDs are the mainstay coming off everyday with good to great consistency. Though there has been consistent pressure on the fish as they are one of the only options around, the amount of bugs hatching has kept the trout feeding and our anglers bent. The spring creeks continue to be a very solid option while the Yellowstone keeps coming into shape.  Getting reservations on the creeks is not the easiest right now however as most rods are already reserved.  Call to check, cancellations have been happening...

Sight nymphing to the staging fish until the hatch really cranks up- sometime around 10AM with a bubbleback, splitback, sawyer, or thread nymph imitation has been a great way to start the morning. Once the bugs do start, the fish have been fedding well.  They are not pushovers though. 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, run an ant or beetle over him 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 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° 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 drop in water flow is good news, but keep in mind that it's got a ways to go before we can get on it. 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 drop into that magic flow  and clarity region. And  - it's on its way. The river is starting to show signs of improving color almost as fast as it's dropping.  So, what's the crystal ball say?  What's the date??  You might not be far off guessing the last week of July..... Stay Tuned!

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.

 
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