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Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Not the easiest on the spring creeks at the moment.  Mid summer conditions with little to zero hatch activity reported. What there are of the PMDs is sparse.  Otherwise it's sulphers which have been OK. The mornings are for the most part a midge feeding activity and hopefully there is late afternoon/evening midging again or possibly a spinnerfall.  Middle of the day is a good time to quietly keep moving at a slow steady pace hitting each likely looking spot with smaller hoppers. Being stealthy and using 7x has been the M.O.  
Gallatin River - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent fishing on the Gallatin right now.  The dry fly fishing in the Gateway area as well as the canyon up to and around Big Sky has been really consistent.Spruce Moths are very much evident in the canyon area and have the Gallatin phatties keyed up to eat these so fishing spruce moth dry patterns has been fantastic.  Look for this to hang around for another week or so before it subsides.  Wanting to fish lower down in the valley thing goldenstones and hopper type patterns as your mainstay.  If not the spruce moths in the canyon and upriver above Big Sky, think juice attractors for dries and smaller beadheads behind stonefly nymph patterns if you choose to nymph.  Don't think you'll need to but to each his own...Streamer fishermen will do well pulling typcial wooly buggers, small sculpin patterns and the like.

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.

Madison River - Lower - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison is still an option if you are looking to be on an alternative the the Yellowstone but not having to go to the Upper Maddy.  It's in a typical mid summer condition.  One can get out and wade around for sure and do so effectively.  It's also good for floating without being too skinny.  Water temps are pushing close to the 70 degree mark by middle day 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.  Simply cruising the banks can be good as well.  Nymphing a short rig with a couple feet from indy to flies and minimal weight to just get that rig down is a great bet.  Larger hoppers with beadhead droppers are also working very well.  On the dropper flies, thinking small and light tippet is not a bad thing at all....

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Al's Glommer
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Bloom's para caddis
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes

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

Madison River - Upper - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Day to day is one way to look at the Upper Maddy.  Frustrating is another.  Just depends upon who you talk to.  Reports are decent.  Can't say as that it's excellent, but good.  Seems that the river is following the same general pattern it has for the past couple Augusts with a day where the bigger fish seem to be active followed by a day or two of nothing but feisty but more junior sized dudes eating where the big boys had been.  No rhyme or reason, pattern, or whatever.  Early morning and late in the evening have been best.  Middle of the day through the heat has been less than great.  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....  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
Yellowstone River - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy weekend to you all!  Good to great fishing on the Yellowstone beckons.  Lots of folks on the water all week thus far and today will likely be no different.  Word has spread far and wide that the Stone is fishing well and with the pent up demand to be on it stemming from a very long and uncharacteristic July, it's no wonder.  Fishing has been good from top (Gardiner) to way down low (Big Timber) this week.  Yellowstone phatties are begining to look up as much as down meaning anglers wanting to fish a big Chubby or other goldenstone/hopper type dry fly are getting it eaten as are the dudes chunking weighted junk under an indy or stripping it back.  Mid to upper Paradise Valley areas are seeing good evening caddis as well so if you don't want to be out in the middle day hours, heading out for an evening float after the day's ruckus isn't a bad gig.  Streamer boys enjoying a good bite at first and last light too. 

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....

Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Long story short - The Northeast corner of the park is where it's at for great fishing opportunities. The Lamar and Soda Butte, though still high, are fishing very well. Slough Creek is strong. The dry fly game is full on fun. won't be alone.  Lots of dudes out there wanting the same thing as you!  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- fair to middling from word back.  Early game or end of day/late evening.  Basic but small sized attractors like para adams, royal wulffs, trudes, elk hair caddis and the like as well as full complement of terrrestrials should get it done for you.  Stay above the falls for decent fish concentrations.

Upper Gardner river- fishing well on all acounts.  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. 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. The Gardner has been a busy place so like other Park choices, get there early, plan to hike for the better holes.

Lamar river-  flows are definitely continuing to drop here and dry fly fishing is whowing great signs of happening.  River still has considerable volume compared to what it should have for this time of summer.  You still can't wade across the Lamar just willy nilly or every place you want to.  However, you can access just about the entire valley so some fishing pressure is beginning to disperse.  Goldenstones, Caddis, some drakes, as well as some PMD mayflies are what to expect.  Hopper and other terrestrial fishing is picking up as well.

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-  Game On! The dry fly fishing has come into its own and is definitely the preferred means . If you can't get them to look up, hit them in the face with the usual array of small nymphs and hold on. Lots of folks love this place and the fish are not dumb.  Don't hesitate to go small 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.