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Yellowstone River - May 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The flows on the Yellowstone have crossed 30,000 CFS, that means more cottonwood trees floating down the river than boats out fishing. With the river high and brown it's a good time to explore other waters in the area or maybe catch a soak at Chico Hot Springs. Fishing the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks and Yellowstone Park are two great options. Check back in throughout the upcoming weeks for the latest updates on Yellowstone River conditions. We're just as anxious to get out on the Yellowstone as you!

Recommended flies:
Forget the flies and bring an axe to clear the trees!

Weather:
Warm temps and blue skies

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.   We're open 7 days a week 8:30A-5:00P



 
Yellowstone River - May 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I think we're back in business.  Least for now....  Check out our blog for a visual, but I call that $$$.  Water temps are considerably downgraded from the mid 50s that we hit last week.  Which is what brought on the caddis.  There's still a few around, but by and large, we're back to prime baetis water and coming on should be March Browns.  Yelly kinda blew right through the Browns.  Hoping we actually get a good solid 4 or 5 days of those this time (pipe dreaming??)  Otherwise, right now it's pretty much all about tossing junk.  Either big-ass streamers that move water (not necessarily ones with a engine crankshaft for weight.....) or about the chunky rubberlegs and a bobber as well as sizable (meaty) droppers.  Where are the caddis? Not froze out, but close....  Though we need some heat to get them cranked back up.  But if we get heat..... we get mud again. Careful what you ask for!


 Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 2
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Dolly-Lama Pink/Flesh sz 2** just try it
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 12-18
FB PT 12-18
RL Hare's Ear 12-14
Mangy Caddis 14-16
Prince, King Prince 12-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20
Parachute Hare's Ear 12-16
Ausable Wulff 12-14
Royal Wulff 12-16
Para Adams 12-18
Purple Haze 12-18



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



 
Yellowstone River - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Yo-Yo Stone it is (again).  This week has been a roller coaster ride for sure!  Last week's window was shut about as fast as it happened.  And of course, it happened right when the caddis started to come and fish were looking for them.  We witnessed the river tripling in size in just as many days and it was more likely the cottonwood hatch was underway.  However, 4 days of cold weather and this river was back on the list.  Is it perfect?  Heck no!  Is it fishable? Heck Yeah!  At 5k, it's "big" compared to what we've been dealing with. Let's fast forward 2 1/2 months from now and (hopefully) we'll be looking a 5-6k again and saying WOW isn't this great..... so it's all about perspective!  Right now, it's pretty much all about tossing junk.  Either big-ass streamers that move water (not necessarily ones with a engine crankshaft for weight.....) or about the BIG rubberlegs and a bobber as well as sizable (meaty) droppers.  Yes, March Browns are around.  So are the caddis.  Though we need some heat to get them cranked back up.  But if we get heat..... we get mud again. Careful what you ask for!


 Flies to consider flinging:


Coffee's Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Home Invader Black 4
Home Invader Olive 4
Kreelex 2
Whiteface Bow River Bugger 4-6
Dolly-Lama Pink/Flesh sz 2** just try it
Rubberleg Crystal Bugger Olive 8-10
Pat's Rubber Legs Olive, Brown  6-8
SH Copper John copper, red 12-18
FB PT 12-18
RL Hare's Ear 12-14
Mangy Caddis 14-16
Prince, King Prince 12-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Zebra Midge Red 16-20
Parachute Hare's Ear 12-16
Ausable Wulff 12-14
Royal Wulff 12-16
Para Adams 12-18
Purple Haze 12-18



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 - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny yesterday.  Heavy clouds, little to no wind, and rain/snow showers today.  Yes, did say snow.  Getting a bit tired of it, but with days like today, fishing on the spring creeks is going to be good...  Spawners?  YES, Still, ongoing! -all 3 spring creeks are full of spawning fish right now.  You can actively watch the rainbows in all the prime pea sized gravel doing their thing.  Sure, it could be easy to pop a cast in there, But a word to remeber- those are the future fish of the Yellowstone! Work to be careful of the spawning reds.  Leave the spawning fish alone and focus your efforts on the fish that have have dropped back into the deeper runs. 


Hatch Activity: There will be midges throughout the day in spots. And said midges will have selective fish up and eating.  Baetis are around and still going.  You can bet that with a day like this, they will hatch.  Think early to mid-PM. There are going to be baetis nymphs found in the water columns before, during, and after that active hatch activity where we anglers are seeing the duns on the water.  A good rule of thumb for fishing the creeks: Run a "short leash"  nymphing setup with 6x and small zebra midges, sawyer pts, softhackle pts, tailwater tiny's, sow bugs, scuds, little flossy san juans, and the like will do well.  Never underestimate a small-ish black or olive bunny fur streamer (love the slumbuster!) when nothing else seems to be working.....
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Park is currently closing to fishing.  It re-opens the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  Although closed to angling, the sight seeing can be fantastic this time of year.  Bears are starting to come out of hibernation and can be seen in good numbers in the spring.  That, along with all of the other wildlife in the park can make for a great day.  You can end the day with a soak in the Boiling River on your way out of the Park.  Better than being inside...
 
Madison River - Upper - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

ENNIS BOAT RAMP is now open

Higher water levels have the fish loving it.  Flows have been pretty much stable now since PPL last jumped it a Hebgen on May 4th.

Not to sound like a broken record, but the Upper Maddy has been one of the more consistently good to excellent fisheries around SW MT  for awhile now.  Hatch-wise, there's midges, baetis, some March Browns and on the water down by Ennis, there are caddis.  Also in the mix is the Skwala stonefly.  Rivers further west of here get the notriety of having this stonefly in abundance and peeps are trained in on it.  Maddy?? Yes, here too.  But not in big numbers.  However,  If you wanted, and you stuck with it, you could get a fish or three to eat the skwala dry.  Best bets as it typical here, however, are the nymphing game and streamer action.  Really hard to beat the rubberlegs and a dropper gig.  Or just a good black wooly bugger.....

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4