Fishing on the Stone has been slow but we are starting to see more browns again
The past couple weeks the Yellowstone has been pretty slow, mostly because the larger browns have been in side channels or tributaries spawning on their redds. We are finally starting to see some of these browns return back to the main runs and riffles which is encouraging. It’s been windy for the most part, but on calmer afternoons there have been some decent midge hatches. Unfortunately we have not seen much for rising fish. Due to the colder water temps, dead drifting buggers and nymphs has been more productive than stripping streamers. Think shorter floats this time of year as you’ll want to capitalize mostly on the warmest part of the day, which is typically the 10:00AM – 4:00PM window.
Winter rates on the Spring Creeks are $40 per rod right now
If you have already put your boat up for winter storage, consider spending a day or two this winter on one of Paradise Valley’s three spring creeks: Armstrong’s, Nelson’s, or DePuy’s. The water temperatures are significantly warmer than the river and the fish are more actively feeding on midges, scuds, and other small nymphs. Although the creeks are seeing a lot less pressure now, remember the water is still gin clear and you’ll want be stealthy when approaching the stream. 4X is about as large of tippet as we’ll use out here, with 5 and 6X being more of the norm. Give us a call if you’d like to book a guide or simply have us help you book a rod. 406-222-7130.
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife... Photo: King Kris
Just a few Halloween pics for fun. If you have any you’d like to share e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we mentioned before the Yellowstone looks like it is going to be a while before she clears up and is fishing good again. In the meantime we’ve been fishing the Spring Creeks, the Madison, YNP, smaller streams, and private lakes. The creeks have had some excellent midge and baetis hatches on them. For midges be thinking small (size #20-22) with a black pupa or red midge larva as a dropper. For baetis go a little larger (size #18-20) with a short wing emerger or CDC emerger as a dropper. We’ve been fishing 5 to 6X tippet, depending on the light and size of fish you are targeting. If you are fishing streamers go 2 or 3X as the brown trout are getting some sharp teeth and will easily bite through smaller tippet. The Madison would be a great spot to go if you are looking to fish streamers. While the lower is closer and can be good swinging the upper is also worth a little more window time. Since the Varney boat ramp has been closed, there is some good wade fishing to be had. Yellowstone National Park closes the first Sunday in every November – which is 11/6 this year. This would be a good week to get out there and try to enjoy the Park. The baetis dry fly fishing on the Firehole can be as good as it gets this time of year. While the fish aren’t as big as other places this time of year, you’ll make up for it with elbow room and lots of numbers. As for smaller streams plan on walking a lot to cover ground. You may be able to fish dries but it seems like small black streamers are the way to go. Private lakes have seen a lot less pressure lately, and the ones stalked with browns will have big fish circling the edges this time of year. Give us a call to book a trip while the weather is still warm! 406-222-7130.
Dia de los Muertos
Pffff... Californians and there dang selfie sticks...
Marcus and Dick Adams with a good one... Photo: Ben Adams
The Yellowstone has been on the rise this past week and as such the fishing has been pretty inconsistent. Last Monday the Stone was a little over 2,000 CFS, today it is nearly double that. Clarity in town today is only a couple inches and not worth trying. The spring creeks have been a good bet however, with a solid run of river browns in them now. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip or for the latest report… 406-222-7130.
Yes, the Stone looks as bad in person as it does on the chart...
Logan with a solid YNP brown. Photo: Lars Axelsen
Aside from the Yellowstone, the fishing in SW Montana has been hot. Many anglers have been focusing their efforts inside Yellowstone National Park as the season is slowly coming to an end. The NE corner has been less crowded and this is a great time of year to explore, and check out new water (or water that is usually crowded). The Madison in the Park has also been fishing well. Anglers are taking nice fish on soft hackles, nymphs and swung streamers. Remember to move through the hole in a timely manner, and patience is always a virtue when fishing this stretch of the Park. Also remember to de-barb your hooks (as always) and to fish either tungsten or tin weight instead of lead. Take advantage of these last weeks and call us if you want to book a guide for this late season run (406-222-7130)!!
A colorful brown caught by Vann Dam... Photo: Logan Brown
Greg Ruidl and Brian Sienkowski with a stunning Yellowstone brown! Photo: Jeff Ruidl
The Yellowstone has been fishing well the past few days. Fish have been eating baetis, hecubas, rubberlegs, streamers and even hoppers. The recent rainy weather really helped improve the streamer bite today. The temporary bad news is that all this rain made the Yellowstone muddy and we may have mud for a couple days. The Lamar had a big spike and the Yellowstone came up in town as well. There is a chance you could beat the mud by going way low tomorrow, especially if you are willing to go past Big Timber. Otherwise it looks like we might be fishing the Madison for the next few days, particularly if you want to float the Valley or Town. We’ll know more in the morning, give us a call for the latest conditions, or to book a trip: 406-222-7130
Like Father like son! Jeff Ruidl with a brown of his own... Photo: Brian Sienkowski
Add another big brown to the tally... Photo: Eric Paulson
Robin Schaffer with a nice Madison bow... Photo: Ashby Bell
The 17.2 mile stretch from Emigrant to Pine creek is now reopened as of today, Friday 9/23. Now the entire Yellowstone is back open from the YNP boarder to it’s confluence with the Missouri River. After the closure was lifted we were eager to get on the river and see how it was fishing. Our guides found some outstanding fishing and it seems that the river is back on track to a healthy recovery. Less whitefish in the Yellowstone means more food and space for the trout to grow larger. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are also telling us that the surviving fish have the ability to build up an immunity towards the parasite, meaning this shouldn’t affect the Yellowstone in years to come. We’d love to get you out on the water and show you how beautiful and healthy our river is. Give us a call for the latest report or to book a guide trip… 406-222-7130.
Liz Anderson getting after it on the Stone! Photo: Ashby Bell
Joe Dorn hooked up on dries at DePuy's Spring Creek. Photo: Eric Paulson
If you have the opportunity to get out and fish this week it looks good fishing weather. The clouds and light rain should bring out decent numbers of baetis, sulphurs, and hecuba. The streamer fishing should also be a little better than usual.
Clouds all week... bring your baetis
Guide Marcus McGuire and Carla Wessels on the Stone... Photo: Anton Wessels
We are starting to see some nicer brown trout getting caught as of lately. With the change in air (and water temperatures) the browns are starting to get more aggressive on the Yellowstone as well as on the Madison. Cutthroat in the Park have been working green and grey drakes, local and private lake fish have been eating well, and the spring creeks have had decent great sulphur and Fall baetis hatches. Give us a call if you are in the area and want to book a trip! 406-222-7130.
Anton Wessels with a nice slab of butter himself! Photo: Marcus McGuire
Steve Goodwin and guide Josh Edwards a nice lake brown...
The release of a big YNP Cutthroat... Photo: Eric Paulson
From the Yellowstone "Opener" ... Photo: Logan Brown
New sections opened up on the Yellowstone today – From Point of Rocks to Emigrant and from Pine creek down is now open to all water recreation including fishing. The Shield’s River also opened up to fishing today. The only section that remains closed to all water recreation is between Emigrant and Pine Creek. There are still plenty of stoneflies out, (even some adults). On cloudy days look for hatches Hecuba and Baetis. On brighter days terrestrials have still been working. Bring your patience for the streamer game, or plan on putting your time in…
Not bad for an afterwork brown... Photo: The LBV
A healthy cutthroat caught on a streamer above Carbella last night
FWP opened up another section on the Yellowstone River from the YNP boarder to the new Point of Rocks FAS (located just upstream from the HWY 89 Bridge). From Point of Rocks to 89 remains closed to fishing and all water recreation with exception that all tributaries are open to fishing. From 89 down remains open to all water recreation, with exception of the Shields river drainage being closed to all fishing.
YNP to Point of Rocks now open to all water recreation including fishing...