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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:
Cooler temps has meant a larger window of oppurtunity to fish the hydrothermal-western half of Yellowstone National Park and while river temperatures are on the rise, the fishing remains good in the entire Madison drainage. The Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison proper are all fishing well with consistent hatches of PMDs and Caddisflies. Fishing the faster moving water has been the best strategy and the dry-fly fishing remains great. The cooler flowing tributaries are starting to fill up with fish so consider poking around some of these creeks if you're headed that way.

The Gardner river has been fishing well and provided a great, closer-to-home option. Nymphing with larger stonefly imitations along inside seams and in the pocket water is a good strategy.

The Gallatin river in the park is also fishing well. The water clarity is improving by the day but the fish don't seem to mind the milky flows. Nymphing with stoneflies, caddisflies, and attractors has made for some stellar days.

Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Madison doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. The heavy-high elevation snowpack has kept the Lamar, Sodabutte, Slough Creek, and other tributaries high and dirty and they will remain so for another few weeks.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:
If you are headed out to fish the spring creeks don't forget your PMD flies at home! There have been good, daily hatches that have meant good numbers of rising fish willing to take a well presented dry fly. Early morning spinner falls and mid-morning emergences have made for some great fishing. If nymphing is your preffered style, small mayfly patterns fished under small indicators has been an effective method. If you are in Paradise Valley and looking to fish, it is hard to think of a better spot than the spring creeks right now.

Recommended Flies:
Loop Wing PMD Dun sz 16-18
D&D Cripple sz 16-18
Kinsey's Emerger sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 18-20
Split Case PMD sz 18-22
Zebra Midge sz 20
Midge Larva sz 18-22
Hanging Midge sz 20

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Lower - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:
The fishing continues to be great on the Lower Madison from Ennis Dam down. Floating, hiking up the Beartrap Canyon, and wading the lower half are all great options to access the river. Drifting crayfish, stonefly, caddis, and attractor patterns under an indicator along mid-river seams and the banks have all produced lots of fish and we expect this trend to continue through the week. Streamer fishing with smaller patterns has been good on more overcast days. For those looking to fish dries there have been consistent hatches of PMDs, Mahoganies, Caddis, and lingering stonefly activty. Cooler weather has kept the fish happy and willing-- Not many better spots to fish right now!

Recommended Flies:

Low-rider Sally sz 14-16
Microfrank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Chubby Chernobyl sz 10-12
South Fork Secret sz 8
Snapping Craw sz 8
Clouser Crayfish sz 6-8
Bush's Dad sz 6-10
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Super Pupa sz 14-18
Translucent Pupa sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-10
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Bitch-Creek Bugger sz 4-8

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/25/14
The big bugs have yet to show up yet, but the nymphing has made for some great all-day action. The big salmonfly nymphs are crawling towards the shore, so fishing lightly weighted stonefly imitations up against the bank and in pocket water is a sure bet. For your second nymph consider either another stonefly or tie on a caddis pupa beadhead. Keep an eye out for rising fish where the tributaries pour in and create longer seams. There have been a few fish willing to take larger dries such as Chubby Chernobyls and Chernobyl Ants, but we are still waiting for the big bug action to move into full swing. Periods of cloudier skies still are providing good streamer fishing for those looking for the big tugs. Flows are hovering right at 1,100 CFS and clarity is continuing to improve. There is some rain in the forecast for the next week so don't forget the rain coats if you're headed that way but the fishing will be great!

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 12-18
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz PMD sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Royal Trude sz 14-18
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-12

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!


 
Yellowstone River - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:

The river is no longer the moving mud channel we'd grown accustomed to seeing but remains unfishable. We are starting to notice color-shifts from brown to green although it could be eagerness getting the best of us. Flows have been steady around 12,000 CFS for the past week but we expect this to change as warmer weather moves into the forecast. Excercise caution if thinking about floating the river as high-flows coupled with hazardous debris can make the Yellowstone River difficult to navigate. We're monitoring flows and conditions daily; keep checking in for updates. We'll be out there soon enough.

If you're in Paradise Valley and looking for a place to fish there are certainly other options. Between the spring creeks, private lakes, and Yellowstone National Park we are never far from blue ribbon fishing. Check our other fishing reports, stop on by the shop, or give us a call at 406-333-4401 for all of the scoop.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

Yellowstone National Park continues to be one of, if not the, best fly-fishing locales for an angler in the greater Yellowstone area. The Gibbon river, the Madison river, the Firehole river, the Gardener river, the Gallatin River, and a large number of smaller streams and lakes are all running clear, hosting large hatches, and filled with willing trout. The western half of Yellowstone National Park is the major hydrothermal zone which means the rivers run clear early but heat up quick; right now we are in the window of cold, clear water that can make for some special days. Both PMD and Caddis hatches have been daily occurances with spinner falls in the AM followed by emergences throughout the day. Trout have been willingly eating dry flies and swinging softhackled emergers in the riffles has been an excellent method for catching trout. With the colder weather and grey skies we've also had some reports of excellent streamer fishing throughout the Madison and its tributaries.

The Gardner River has fallen into shape and provided some red-hot fishing early in the week for those who were able to get on it early. We expect the warmer weather forecasted for this upcoming week may raise flows and blowout the river for a few days but the Gardner will continue to provide an excellent, local, option for the Paradise Valley fly-fisherman in the upcoming weeks.

The Gallatin river south of Big Sky has also gotten really fishy this past week with reports of lots of willing fish taken mostly on nymph-indicator rigs. The colder weather has likely delayed the salmonfly hatch a bit, but we expect good big bug fishing in the not-too-distant future.



Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Firehole doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. Two-foot visibility despite high-flows has made for some good fishing, but tricky wading. If rock-hopping and hiking are on your itinerary then stop by the Gardner River.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Weather:
Warm daytime temperatures with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack. The Firehole is about ready to wet-wade but cooler mornings have kept us in waders.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.