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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

If you are in the greater Yellowstone area and looking for some really great fishing drop everything and head down to Yellowstone National Park now to spend a day, or a week, taking part in some fantastic fishing. PMD and Caddis hatches are abundant which has meant great dry fly action on the Firehole and Madison when the weather plays along. Swinging soft hackles in the riffles continues to remain an effective technique. In need of a quick salmonfly fix? Head to the Firehole Canyon for the potential of hitting the salmonflies.

The Gibbon has taken a little bit longer to get going than the Firehole and Madison Rivers but is getting into shape and reports from below the falls have been very good. As the snow continues to melt in the high country the water temps on the upper reaches will rise and the fishing will improve.

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.

 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Paradise Valley Spring Creek Flyfishing:

The first good numbers of PMDs have started to hatch in the slower sections of the spring creeks and the trout are keyed in already. As we move further into June bug activty will only increase and soon we will be fishing PMDs all day. If you are thinking about fishing either DePuys, Armstrong's, or Nelson's Spring Creek pick up the phone and reserve a rod stat; there's limited availibilty as it is and its hard to find a better body of water to fish in the area 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 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Lower Madison Flyfishing:

The lower Madison continues to provide the Bozeman area with a great option while other local rivers remain high and muddy. Adult Salmonflies are buzzing around, good numbers of Caddis on a daily basis, and a host of other bugs including PMDs and Yellow Sallies to keep things interesting. Streamer fishing continues to be good but the best fishing has been nymphing under an indicator with large stonefly nymphs and buggers. Flows have increased the past few days which makes things tougher than they have been but conditions remain great for a day out on the water.

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 6-12
Flutterbug sz 8
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 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Flyfishing:

Caddis and PMD fishing to continues to keep things interesting and the Salmonflies are primed to hatch within the next week and a half. Water remains milky but getting better by the day. Above average streamer fishing with big black buggers makes for some plenty of big brown trout and high-fives.  Flows have been decreased which should make for some excellent dry-fly action in the coming days. Throwing stonefly nymphs under an indicator will also yield good results until the Salmonfly emergencegets going full swing. The Chubby Chernobyl hatch will quickly follow.

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 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Yellowstone River Fishing:
River flows are still high at 18,600 CFS in Livingston. Cooler weather this last week reduced flows from their 30,000+ CFS peak but the Yellowstone River remains unfishable. There is still more debris than boats on the river and we look for this to continue into the upcoming weeks. We will keep you posted on Yellowstone River fishing conditions; you can bet we'll be the first ones out when the fishing gets good!

Recommended Flies:
A full tank of gas and directions to the Firehole River

Weather:
It has been warm in the valley with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack.

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


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

The Firehole River is the place to be right now. Flows are stablizing, water temperature is getting just right, and the plentiful bug activity has made for some great days of fishing. There have been strong White Miller caddis hatches, improving PMD fishing, and salmonflies starting to appear in the canyon. This next week we are expecting the salmonflies to go off, but the stonefly nymphing will be a great bet before the adults emerge. Above the canyon fishing the riffles and cut-banks has been the most productive with caddis and PMD dry flies, nymphs, and soft-hackles all taking their fair share of fish.

The Gibbon and Madison Rivers are taking a little longer to clear up but are looking better by the day. In the next two weeks look to both as great options if you are in the area. Similar to the Firehole river Caddis hatches will be strong with PMDs picking up. Fishing stoneflies below Gibbon Falls and throughout the Madison will provide action in between hatches.

The ice has started to break up on Yellowstone Lake, but the rivers in the northeast corner of the Park continue to run high and push mud, remaining unfishable. Trout lake provides a good option if you find yourself in the Lamar Valley, but otherwise stay west and enjoy the great fishing to be had. We will keep you updated on changing conditions.

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.