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Madison River - Lower - June 23rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison flows have come back up again, just slightly from the past few days.  Fishing is definitely happening out there, but it's not the 'unknown' as word travels fast in these here parts!  With the higher than normal flows for this time of year, you may be looking at a two float day.  I think your wade fishing chances are pretty limited so a double down from Warm Springs parking lot to Black's or to Greycliff even is a good bet. 

Word on the street is that salmonflies are out and about.  The hatch is never all that big or predictable on the Lower Maddy, but there are fish that will eat the big fly.  Caddis and PMDs are more consistently what's happening.  Look for yellow sallies to be coming on soon as well.  Keeping the big Indy on with a lot of weight and going with your big ugly of choice along with a smaller beadhead caddis or smaller mayfly as a dropper or the ubiquitous San Juan and fishing it tight on the bank is the proven method.


 
Yellowstone River - June 23rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Thar she blows! (again..)  With all the sunny warm weather we've had the past couple days, the Yellowstone may have a fair shot at finally making to the 30,000 cfs mark.  Which by all accounts is the latest in the month of June durin recent memory that the river has gotten to this level.  And, we're not really sure if that's even the crest.... It could go bigger.  A little cooler weather is expected over the next couple days.  Nothing like we have been getting but 70s instead of 80s.  Fair to say that the Yellowstone will continue to be big, high, and muddy for the forseeable future. 

Folks have been taking a guess as to when we might actually start fishing on the river.  We don't know, but let's just start with getting to the peak of runoff.  We're saying 30.750 cfs @ Corwin Springs station in the next few days. Do you have a prediction of your own?  Share it with us!
 
Madison River - June 20th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 67 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison is starting to fish with big junk & a San Juan dropper tight to the bank. The water is still high but not horrible at just under 5,000 CFS. Coloration is definitely getting much better but not clear & clean quite yet.
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 20th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Depuys had good PMD action and many reports of rising fish. Armstrong's is reporting an OK hatch and fish rising when it isn't windy. Nelson's has similar report - rising to PMD's - mainly during calmer skies. The big fish are in there - reports of 20" risers.  Best bet is to go with PMD dry on 5x tippet and an emerger on 6x trailing. 
 
Yellowstone River - June 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
We continue to have lots of water flowing through the valley. The river hasn't peaked in its annual run-off yet and we are keeping our eyes glued to the USGS flow charts. Right now the yelly is at 16,000 cfs at Corwin Springs. At this point The Yellowstone is really not even an option for fishing. Ideally we will see a few warm days giving the snow at altitude a chance cook off and get this train rolling. However, there are still plenty of fishing options in the Paradise Valley. Check out the Spring Creek reports and our private lake option!
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - June 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Paradise Valley spring creeks are a good choice right now for those looking to get out on the water and not be looking at high and off color rivers.  Creeks are just starting to see a few PMDs when we get a day of moderate to good sunshine (yeah, I know, those have been numbered like the fingers on my hand).  Hatches should start to become a little more regular and intensify in the coming weeks.   There are rods available right now but by early July, you may be out of luck!  Best call well ahead of time.    We've been having good results with a "short leash" spring creek nymph rig throughout the day.  If we see a consistent riser, first identifying what we think they're eating and then getting a good presentation on the first couple of casts.  Be prepared to move around a fair bit on the creeks until you find the fish.