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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.

Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The creeks continue to be a fantastic option while the Yellowstone keeps coming into shape. 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. PMDs are still coming off everyday in mass. Arriving early and fishing a bubbleback, splitback, sawyer, or thread nymph imitation has been a great way to start the morning. Sight nymphing to the staging fish the name of the game until the hatch really cranks up- sometime around 10AM. Once the bugs do start the fish have been chowing. 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 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
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks - June 30th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The spring creeks continue to fish well, as PMDs have been hatching for quite some time now.  Fish can be taken on Sawyer PTs, Bubbleback PMDs, and the PMD Thread Nymph under an indicator early on in the day.  As soon as the hatch starts it is time to switch to dries.  PMD Hackle Stackers, CDC emergers, and Rusty Spinners all in size 16 and 18 have been guide favorites.  If Mr. Brown Trout on the bank won't eat a PMD, switch it up to an ant or a beetle and hold on.  Sulphers shoud be around the corner, stay tuned...
Madison River - Lower - June 30th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison has been a decent bet as of late.  Hot, windy weather has hit us the past couple days making a bit more challenging and just when we thought we were seeing the flows drop considerably, the heat has brought more runoff into the river.  We've seen a spike in flows upwards yesterday and today and the clarity has definitely diminished once again.  Reports this morning from guides were that it was down around 6-10 inches.  A tougher day most likely.  Good side?  Hopefully this is IT for actually hitting a peak in flows and from here out, we'll be on the downslide with improving conditions every day.  The fish ARE there and they're fat & strong.  With the high water, there's been a ton of food for them to eat upon.

The Rig:
9-10 foot leader with 7-9 to the big Indy
Big Rubberlegs & other stonefly nymphs
San juans all colors
BH Hare's Ear
Caddis Pupa
Be sure to add plenty of weight and get it down in their face.