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Madison River - Upper - August 24th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The "drill" on the Maddy remains to be getting on the water early to take advantage of the cooler air ,water temperatures and hopefully the fish...Terrestrial fishing with small-ish hoppers in tan, yellow, or pink have been taking their share of fish.  Ants and beetles too.  "Throwback" attractors like royal wulffs and trudes have found their way out of the fly boxes and turning a few heads as well.  Down Under is probably the most consistent of all, however.  Olive as well as natural bunny fur streamers both large and small along with your favorite Maddy small beadhead either all under an inday or without and on a tight line barely creeping along has been good.

Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
PM T-storms have been hitting the area pretty regularly the past couple days and the pattern looks to continue for a bit.  It's hard to judge everyday, but there's been mud on the Gardner as well as Lamar, Soda Butte, and on the Yellowstone around Tower as well as Grand Canyon of the Stone.  That being said, yes there's fishable water in places.  There's also a bunch of peeps looking for said places.  Latest is that the Gardner is off.  Lamar is OK for now.  Slough OK.  Stone OK.  But check first as that can change.

When you do find good clean water, the name of the game is terrestrials.  Hoppers, crickets, ants, beetles are all must have in the arsenal from here out till the frosts kill 'em all off! 

Yellowstone River - August 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
We're definitely in the "heart" of summer August fishing now and terrestrials pretty much rule the day.  Mornings are the good hours to be on the water.  Most guide trips have been getting an early start with 7AM common.  Dawn patrol dudes are hitting it as early as 5:30.  With the days getting shorter, 5:30 is pretty darn dark.  Reports have been mixed.  Some streamers are getting whacked decently in the early hours.  So are big foamy dries.  One thing you can count on however, is that things are pretty well dying by 3PM.  So get that early on-early off gig going and go have fun while the air and water are cool(er).

Flies to consider flinging:
Pav's Y'stoner Hopper in Peach or Tan small sizes
Chubbies (so many color variants, take your pick)
Morrish Hopper- we likey pink
Rainy's Foam Hopper (talk about throwback....)
Sweetgrass Hopper
Fatboy Hopper
Barrett's Cricket
Bloom's cricket
Micro Frank- black
Neversink Trude- peacock as well as tan
Purple Haze sizes 12-16
Cinnamon Power Ant
Tiger Beetle
River God Beetle
Bloom's Flying Para Ant
Turd- AKA Pat's Rubberleg Stone
Turd with a tail- yes it's a Pat's with marabou tail
Bloom's Tung Dart
King Prince
Queen Prince
TB softhackle PT
Copper Softy
Lightning bug
Coffee's Sparkle Minno
Home Invader- naatural
McCune's sculpin -natural & olive

Open 7 days a week, 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 - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Well if one thing is consistent in Paradise Valley it's the wind and the spring creeks! with the sun making a strong come back this week the hatches are a bit lighter but the fish enjoy the cooler water temps and plentiful insect life both above and below the surface!
PMD's are still about in fair numbers to interest the fish. As well as Sulpher's, midges and black caddis to round up the aquatic insects.
Terrestrials are plentiful on the trees (...and on the hedge's,Crawlin,crawlin, crawlin, from the wreckage!" oop's Squirrel! - First person to guess from which song these lyrics came wins a free AW Hat!) and can bring a good number of rises midday.
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
If you want to see the best Hoppers around ,it's here in the lamar valley
you can't walk toward the river with out kicking up hundreds of the little guys and you know what that means the fish are looking for an easy meal.
That being said stop by the shop, we have lots of small to medium hoppers that will you do the trick on these YNP Cutty's!
Madison River - Upper - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Nocturnal stones( Classinia Sabulosa) have been the best fish producer as of late. With Hoppers and other terrestrials coming in second.
The "drill" is to get on the water early to take advantage of the cooler air ,water temperatures and hopefully the fish...
Fishing a small lightening bug in pearl off the back of your hopper can also produce results!
Spruce moths should start producing here shortly!