Fall Fishing

Jed and Fred, enough said! Photo: Kelvin Gee

There is some good dry fly fishing to be had out there on the Yellowstone.  Hoppers are still working although the bite has slowed down significantly, especially on the cloudy/cooler days.  Fall baetis have started, flying ants blanketed the river on Saturday, and we’ve heard there have been some hecuba out there as well.  Nymphing has still been working well and the streamer bite is slowly starting to warm up.  Tuesday is looking a little windy but Wednesday through Friday look like good cloudy/rainy baetis days.  The streamer fishing should also be good… Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest report.  1-406-222-7130.

Salvatore Decarli with a pretty brown... Photo: John Bond

Frank the Cutty Hunter! Photo: Todd Barber

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Fall Fishing Settling In

Kelsey Kubelick with a nice Armstrong's brown. Photo: DK

Although the last couple days have been hot, there has been a change of weather and we look forward to a great Fall.  The fish are still eating hoppers hard.  The fly bins, (like many in the fishing industry) are finally getting a second wind in September, with just enough hoppers to get us through the late Summer / early Fall.  If you get a refusal on your hopper , ants as well as other smaller dries have also been catching fish.  The hatches on the Spring Creeks have slowed down a lot but the good news is that the fish are plentiful and eating terrestrials like small hoppers, ants, and beetles.  Yellowstone Park continues to be busy (especially fishing spots close to the road), however a short hike gets you more “elbow room” and plenty of serenity.  There are still plenty of fish to be caught on dries and we expect the streamer fishing to heat up by mid-September.  Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.

Greg and Nick with a nice rainbow. Photo: John Bond

Nick and Greg, doubled up! Photo: JB


Allan, as excited as it gets to catch a nice native! Photo: JB

Leelee Eubank taking good care of a cutthroat! Photo: Charlie Eubank

Hawkin Eubank with a nice brown trout! Photo: Charlie Eubank

Kelsey and Chase with a nice YNP cutthroat... Photo: DK

Chase with a nice cutty...

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Yellowstone Fishing Well

Steve Flood enjoying a few days of hopper time... Photo: Hank Bechard

Mornings have been a little on the slow side but the afternoons have been fishing really well with hoppers.  Stoneflies and caddis have been the side dishes, but hoppers continue to be the main course.  Big, medium, small, tan, yellow, green, pink, purple – you name it, they have been eating it.  Getting long drifts and “leaving it there” have been two key elements to success.  Give us a call to book a trip!  1-406-222-7130.

Hank releasing a nice cutbow that ate a mid-river hopper...

Dean the Machine, on the prowl... Photo: Lars Axelsen

Bob Brown with a nice one! Photo: Ashby Bell

Emma and John with the big brown! Photo: Corwin Kipp

Corwin Kipp with a hopper eater... Photo: John Bond

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Yellowstone National Park Fishing Well

Sam Fischer with a nice YNP Cutthroat. Photo: Josh Edwards

Yellowstone National Park has been fishing well this summer.  The dry fly fishing has been particularly fun with lots of species on the water, including green, grey, and brown drakes, pmd’s, hoppers, flying ants, and even a few big dragonflies.  Some of the fishing directly next to the road has been fairly crowded, but if you are willing to get out there and do even a short hike the fishing pressure decreases drastically.  This year there is plenty of cold water in the NE section of the park, which means the rivers and creeks should fish well into the Fall… Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip!  406-222-7130.

Zach Stabenow with a nice native... Photo: Josh Edwards

Rachel Meredith enjoying a green drake hatch! Photo: John Bond

Caught, under a dragon...

Dr. Ronnie getting it done! Photo: Chase Chapman

Will with a solid cutty... Photo: Chase Chapman

Holly Bezerra, sending it! Photo: Chloe Nostrant

Chase and Derrick enjoying a good day!

Chase and Ben at it again...

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Hopper Feeding Frenzy

Paul Fingersh, creating a feeding frenzy. Photo: Eric Paulson

The Yellowstone has been fishing well lately.  Lots of hoppers on the water… the fish have been taking all sizes and colors so you can’t really choose a bad hopper pattern.  They have also been eating stoneflies, attractors, ants, and other terrestrials, as well as nymphs and streamers.  Give us a call to book a trip!  406-222-7130.

Chase, Ben, and Josh having some fun in YNP...

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Clarity Report

Clarity today in town (Monday, 8/12 7:45 AM)

The river had a couple good plugs of mud flowing through it this weekend.  Today things look green and good to go, with the exception of going down low (past Springdale).  Yesterday the river was clear from East End to Columbus but that section will likely see some mud today.  Yesterday we had trips in the Park and the Lamar was still dirty.  Gardiner looks green and good to fish right now, so we are unsure if this mud has already gone through or if more is coming.  Give us a call for the latest clarity report or to book a trip!  406-222-7130.

Pine Creek webcam today (Monday, 9:40AM)

Benn with a big Park cutty! Photo: Bryan Leuenberger

Tom Reu and John with a pretty lake brown. Photo: Joe Krizan

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Clarity Report

Hank and Sharon with her first fish on the fly!

The Yellowstone is going to be tiger striped with mud the next couple days.  The smaller of the two plugs has just about reached town now (Friday 8/9 at 6:30PM) with some clear water above it.  The Lamar spiked badly however, even Soda Butte was muddy today which means up high will likely be muddy tomorrow.  The good news is that the fishing has been good! Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest clarity report.  406-222-7130.

Judy Maben and Brian Sienkowski with a nice brown.

Hank and Rex getting after it...

Hank and Erin with another one...

Kim and John with a nice streamer eater...

John and Kim rolling with the program...

Russell Fagg and John Bond with a boat ramp brown.

Spike on the Lamar (8/9)...

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Hoppers and Stones

John Bond and Matt McCalla with a nice hopper eater...

The hopper fishing has been solid lately.  A long drift seems to be the common denominator as the fish have been eating all sizes and colors.  A tiny twitch here and there can help trigger a fish into eating, but a big twitches that drag the fly have been putting them down.  Chub/rub has also been working, as has nymhing the deeper runs under an indicator.  The streamer bite has been slow to average but that is typical in August on the Stone.

Jamie with a nice brown caught on the swing... Photo: John Bond

Matt with another hopper eater... Photo: John Bond

Chase and Jim with a "double rainbow" up high!

Chase and Lawrence enjoying the day!

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Clarity Report

Moira Lieberman, on fire all day with Paul Bloch...

There have been a few evening rain storms lately that have been adding mud into the Yellowstone mid-valley.  These short plugs have made the Yellowstone tiger striped with mud but anglers have able to work around them.  People have been excited about the hopper fishing with some nice fish getting caught.  Streamers, various colored rubberlegs, and small beadhead droppers have also been working.  Give us a call at the shop for the latest on clarity reports or to line up a trip.  1-406-222-7130.

Derek and John with a nice brown...

Mark and John with another one...

Fish Heroes Bryce Ryan & Ashby save a bow from some dangling jewelry!

Jason Mavel got a slam! (Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat, Whitefish, & Sucker) Photo: JB


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Clarity Report

The river is looking good up high and in the Vally (8/1 7:15AM)

There was a mud plug that came through the valley yesterday and is currently around Sheep Mountain today (8/1 around 8:30AM).   It is a short plug but if in order to get ahead of it you’d have to go below Big Timber and not pull on the oars very hard.  There is plenty of clear water above however, anywhere from Gardiner to Livingston looks good to go with clearest water being way up high.  Should be a good day for a big one!  Give us a call to book a trip, we have a late cancel for tomorrow (8/2) if anyone wants to get in a boat…  1-406-222-7130.

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