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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The action on the spring creeks has been decent. Not fantastic by any means.  It's honestly been spotty on the reports.  There's just really not that many fishermen that have been focusing on the spring creeks at the moment.  Late summer fare on the creeks is never easy.  7x is the rule generally, 8x if you can stand it.  And there's not a ton in the way of hatches that are consistent except maybe the midges. But then, they are around pretty much all the time...  The mornings are for the most part going to be the better midge feeding activity for the day.  Middle of the day through the afternoon is terrestrials like ants, beetles, and smaller hoppers.
Madison River - Upper - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Monday... You got the day off?  Heading to the river and want to play?  You're not alone....  Alas, regardless of how the river may treat you today, it's still a good day.  Have a beer, heck, have 2 and enjoy Montana and the Madison!  Getting better on the Upper has been the word as of late.  Some may still say it's stricktly day to day as to whether the fish will eat.  We do know this, there are plenty of hoppers around as are the nocturnal goldenstones and a scattering of mayflies and caddis.  Go forth and try.  That's all you can do!.  There's the slew 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....  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
Madison River - Lower - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Weekend--- quite the Bikini Hatch!!!  The Lower Madison a Broken Record???? Not quite.  It's a little better but not much.  Scenery has been outstanding since MSU students are back and with this weekend typically the last hurrah of summer like weather, we ain't fishing but it has been quite the party....

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

Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 3rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
What else but- The Northeast corner of the park is where it's at for consistent fishing opportunities. The Lamar and Soda Butte are doing very well. Slough Creek is good too, but fish here are getting really tough. Dry fly fishing in the Park is good to great.  Nymphing in the AM sometimes has been the way to get a bend in the rod and may increase through the rest of the fall as the days (hopefully) get cooler.  We've said it all season so far-  It's summer in the Park and lots of dudes (& dudettes) are out there wanting to be out on the water.  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- Stay above the falls for decent fish concentrations.

Upper Gardner river- fishing well on all acounts.  Great brook trout fishing on small dry flies.  Keep it simple here! Classic patterns like parachute adams, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis all are working. It's not that tough.  Going under?  Hare's Ear, PT, prince are about all you need.  Keep an eye out for bears- pretty good concentration of griz in the area.  You should have bear spray and not be fishing alone.  Make a ruckus as you hike in and let the bears know you are around.

Gardner river-  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.

Lamar river-  Dry fly fishing is awesome right now.   Fishing pressure still (& likely always will be-) concentrated at the easiest of pullouts up and down the valley.  Want relative peace and quiet?  Start Hiking!  Goldenstones, Caddis, Drakes,  as well as Mr Terrestrial - that's Hopper to you- is what to have on the end of your tippet.

Soda Butte Creek- See Lamar....

Slough Creek-  Getting tough! Lots of folks love this place and the fish are not dumb.  Don't hesitate to go small (itty-bitty!) 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 - September 3rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 89 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Happy Labor Day weekend!  I think the Big Event may be starting to dwindle down just a bit.  It's not "stupid good" fishing like it was a little while ago.  It's definitely not bad though by any means!  Lots of peeps on the water the past weeks had educated a bunch of Yellowstone fish to not necessarily slam every fly put in front of them.  Goldenstone and hopper patterns still rule the roost, however, smaller tippet sizes (4x instead of 2) may be the call to actually get solid eats instead of slaps. Don't neglect smaller terrestrials as well.  Ants, beetles, even bee patterns continue to be good alternatives.  We may see a few fall drakes starting soon.  Now's the time...    Yes, there are some dudes out there very early and again late, late that have been yanking streamers and getting a few...  Nymphing?? Not really sure, we haven't been doing it.   

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....

Madison River - Lower - August 29th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison- Broken Record???? Still not what we'd call a place to be....Water temps are close to the 70 degree mark by so its suggested that you get out there early and pull off by mid PM.  No restrictions or anything like that from the State and don't see any coming, it's just a suggestion to help preserve those trout from undue stress later in the day.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  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. 

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