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Montana Stillwater Fishing Report, June 3rd, 2020

Private Lakes: We are grateful for our clients to take fishing this past week! Although the Yellowstone River is no where near fishable, we are appreciative for the lakes in our area. Things are starting to warm up and really get the fish and bugs active. We are still waiting for the callibaetis fishing to really pickup, but there are still windows of good dry fly fishing. Be sure to watch how the fish are eating as the emerger bite has been great when they are on them. Shallow eats just under the surface are what you’re looking for! Damsels …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report May 25th, 2020

Well the Yellowstone is still holding on. We saw a dramatic comeback this weekend and were able to get out there and enjoy it. Although we had clarity and good flows, water temperature was definitely a factor. Water temperatures dropped as low as 39F which really slowed the fishing. There were reports of windows of baetis coming off but nothing to get too excited about. Fishing was mostly done under the bobber. #8-12 Pat’s Rubber Legs in darker colors got fish to eat. #12 Prince Nymphs, CDC Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns brought fish to the boat as well. The …

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Montana Stillwater Fishing Report, May 25th, 2020

Although the Yellowstone River is still showing some signs of life, we are beginning to spend more of our energy focusing on tailwater fisheries to keep our fishing urges satisfied. Lower elevation lakes are really starting to heat up and its a great time to be out on the water. It is still a little early for dry fly fishing on the lakes but with each day we’re getting closer and closer. Make sure you’re out there to take advantage! Story Lake: We were able to get up to the Story’s property last week and get an idea of what the …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report May 18th, 2020

Well, the Yo-Yo-Stone is still doing her thing. We were able to avoid catastrophe this past week and get out on the river for what may be the last time until runoff is over. With that being said, keep an eye on the flows and our blog for any changes! It may not have been on Mother’s Day, but our beloved caddis arrived in epic fashion. The last week on the Yellowstone proved why we have one of, if not the best trout fishery in the lower-48. Throughout the week, we had windows of opportunity where caddis were plentiful and …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report May 12th, 2020

Yellowstone River Fishing Report May 12th, 2020 The Yellowstone River’s conditions continue to hold as spring runoff approaches. Steady temperatures both in Paradise Valley and Yellowstone National Park have kept the river’s volume from really ramping up. Although we are experiencing the up and downs we typically see this time of year, the river is still holding strong. Visibility the last week has stayed right around 1.5-2ft. Water temperatures have been low which is certainly keeping fish a little less active than we would like. Currently at around 44F at Corwin Springs and Livingston, lets hope that gets up closer …

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Paradise Valley Fishing Report, May 6th, 2020

It seems that runoff is slowly starting to form here in Paradise Valley. That being said, don’t feel like all hope is lost. Earlier in the week we feared that we may have lost the opportunity to fish our beloved Mother’s Day Caddis hatch but the river has slowly begun to drop in flows and rise in visibility. Looking at the forecast, we have below freezing temps in Yellowstone National Park as well as cool night time temperatures here in the valley. Clarity is currently +/- 12 inches which is much more than we had yesterday. We also are beginning …

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Angler’s West COVID-19 Update

Angler’s West COVID-19 Update   Hello all,   Montana Governor, Steve Bullock, has announced that the state of Montana will be relaxing the current Stay at Home directive. Starting tomorrow, Monday, April 27th, businesses and everyday life may choose to begin to re-emerge from the month-long hiatus in a 3-phased approach. Under Phase 1, we will be re-opening the flyshop Monday-Friday 9-5 with limited access and following strict physical distancing protocols. We will be following the health and safety protocols provided by the Governor’s Office and CDC to maintain a safe environment for patrons and employees. Curbside, well actually “Front …

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COVID-19 Indefinite Closure

STORE CLOSING DUE TO COVID-19 Hello all, At this time, Angler’s West will be closing due to the Stay atHhome order issued by Gov. Bullock. We will keep you all updated as things continue to develop during these times. We will still be available via email if you have any questions or concerns. As always, please keep an eye on our blog for updates on shop hours, fishing/river reports, and other announcements. We hope that you all continue to stay safe and healthy and that we can return to our beloved rivers and streams soon.    

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Closing for the season

ANGLER’S WEST WILL BE CLOSING THURSDAY OCTOBER 31ST We would like to thank everyone who helped make this another great season here at Angler’s West. We had another great year both on and off the river and we are thankful for all that come in and support us! We still do have a good selection of items on sale so come on by to take advantage before we’re closed. We hope that everyone has a great off season and we look forward to picking up where we left this spring! We will be closing our doors here in Emigrant but …

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Yellowstone River Report, October 22nd 2019

The river is certainly beginning to slow but that does not mean that there isn’t good fishing to be had! Conditions have been the biggest factor regarding quality of fishing. We are beginning to heavily rely on the BWO hatch for any dry fly fishing to be had on the river. Sunny and windy days certainly have put a damper on that. Too much wind will keep the baetis off of the water and the sun won’t do us any good either. Instead, look for calm, overcast days that will allow the bugs to come out and get caught in …

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