Guess the CFS!
It’s contest time here at the Yellowstone Angler with Douglas Outdoors! To Enter “The Peak CFS is Right” contest you will want to 1) Follow both pages (@yellowstoneangler and @douglasoutdoors) and 2) Comment below on either’s contest post with a) your guess of the Yellowstone River’s 2018 Peak CFS at Carter’s Bridge, and b) the date (between 5/9 – 6/15) that you think it will happen. One guess per person. Closest guess wins… although “The Price is Right” rules apply – you can’t go over! Guess will be accepted through the month of May only. Ties will be settled by a) the closest guess to the date of the peak flow and further more (if needed) b) the first person to answer correctly. The winner will be announced on June 15th. Good Luck!
Winner winner chicken dinner...
The Prize? The Winner will receive a Douglas Sky 9′#6 weight, a custom Yellowstone Angler “May Fly” logo Patagonia Sun shade hoody (designed by @grassmirror), and a throw back Yellowstone Angler hat! The Douglas Sky 9′#6 weight is our favorite 6-weight fly rod and the winner of our latest 6-Weight Shootout…
Clarity today (5/13 7:50AM) - 2 to 4" of vis?
The Yellowstone has been dropping the past couple days so we figured we’d post a pic. Town down looks too squirrelly for good fishing, (not to mention newly some arrived tree snags and large waves in spots where you aren’t used to seeing them). If you really want to give it a shot today the Valley is going to be the best option, slapping streamers against the bank. Be sure your tail-gunner is looking behind you as you might get hit by a log. As soon as temps get hot again there could be a tiny caddis window to look for. For now we have been fishing the lower Madison, Lakes, and the Spring Creeks. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
CFS on the drop...
Emily Moxie and JB with a Lower Madison brown... Photo: Matt Jahnke
Clarity today in town (5/9 at 7:30AM) less than 1" of vis...
The past couple days the river has been rising steadily. Now the East and West channels on Siebeck Island look equally dirty, (before the West channel was more muddy due to Billman Creek spewing in mud). It will be a while before we are back looking at the Yellowstone. Keep an eye on the CFS charts, if the river starts to drop there may be a window of opportunity. Otherwise we are looking at a long run off.
Clarity today (5/9 at 7:32AM) - West Channel on 9th street island
With 148% snow pack in the upper yellowstone drainage, we are expecting to be floating the Yellowstone sometime in mid-late July. The truth is we are not sure when the Yellowstone will be fishing well, (meaning 10,000 CFS or less), but late July/early August seems like a safe bet. Of course in the meantime we will be fishing the Big Hole, Upper and Lower Madison, Jefferson, Missouri, and Bighorn rivers as well as private lakes and spring creeks.
LB with the hold, JB with the catch, JB with the shot...
Clarity today (5/6 at 7:49AM) - less than 3-6 inches of vis
Clarity in town looks bit worse from yesterday but not as bad as we expected. A few inches of visibility but the river is on the rise and will more than likely fish slow. You never know though, if you are in the right eddy we’ve seen fish eat in a lot dirtier water. Most of the caddis are in the town section now. It’s a little on the windy side this morning, might be a good idea to wait and see how the afternoon looks and do a short float. Or head to the lower Madison…
Mother's Day Caddis have popped in town (5/6 1:00PM)
Tons of caddis… not a single rise at lunch and again after work. We have heard that DePuy’s has had a little caddis action however.
More family "Bondage" ... Photo: Brant Oswald
Clarity today (5/5 - at 7:44AM) - less than 8" of vis
The past couple days there have been tons of caddis in town, with a few starting to flutter in the Valley. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen many rising fish out there yet and the fishing has been pretty slow. We thought the river would have blown out by now but clarity is definitely still good enough (at least through town). We think it is more of an issue of a rising river that has been keeping the fish finicky. Theres still a shot today and if nothing else at least it has been nice weather for “paying your dues” on the river. If you are just looking to get footage of the hatch there’s no rush to get out. The caddis have been most active after work anyway.
Clarity today (5/5 - at 7:45AM) - olive but enough...
Lots of boats have been heading to the Missouri as the fishing has been a little more consistent than the Madison or Yellowstone. Local and private lakes as well as the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks have also been fishing well. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-1730.
Ron Hayes & Chris Coyne with a nice Missouri rainbow. Photo: Anthony Primerano
Clarity today (5/4 at 7:50AM) - about the same as yesterday
Clarity is about the same as this morning as it was yesterday. The river fished slow yesterday although we managed to land a few decent browns. We did see caddis, but very few (as in a couple dozen flying around and no rising fish). There were actually more March Brown adults on the water than anything, but still not many takers on top if any.
David Lamer ... May the 4th be with you. Photo: John Bond
If you decide to get out there and try today look for structure tight to the bank like logs or overhanging branches. Many of the tributaries that flow into the Yellowstone are still crystal clear, so you always have a few spots here and there to post up and fish for a while. You won’t see many people and the mountains are absolutely gorgeous right now. With warm temps in the 70′s plus rain later this tonight and this weekend it could be last call for double haul.
The Shield's is ripping right now, making down low a no go
The confluence of the Shields today (5/4 7:30AM) - not looking good
Clarity today (5/3 8:15AM) looking green and good in town.
Today is looking good clarity wise, although CFS bumped already a bit at Corwin. Today should be good, tomorrow on the fence, by this weekend we expect to see a rising river. We have been seeing caddis but only a few so far on the Yellowstone. Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest report. 1-406-222-7130.
Clarity today - (5/2 7:45AM). Less brown than yesterday but not looking great.
The Yellowstone has less than 6 inches of visibility today in town (and brown). Pine Creek web came doesn’t look much better. Tomorrow and Friday might have a window as CFS is on the drop, and then it looks like CFS might be coming back up by the weekend. Give us a call for a clarity report anytime. Most trips are headed to the lower but the upper could come around by this weekend. Lot of anglers have been fishing the MO or the Bighorn as well with good success. 1-406-222-7130.
CFS prediction for the next few days...
A 90 pounder to the boat... Photo: George Anderson
The Tarpon fishing has been feast of famine in Florida this year. There has been windy weeks where the fishing has been so tough that anglers are quitting early or not going out at all, and calm days with happy laid-up fish ready to be fed. In general, the fishing in the keys has been more consistent than the fishing in Boca Grand, however as we roll into May more fish should be moving up the coast.
The new G. Loomis Asquith 9'#11-weight in action... Photo: George Anderson
George has been fishing the new G. Loomis Asquith 9′#11-weight this year and really enjoying it. He’s tried a handful of lines and putting them through the paces, including the Rio Directcore Flats Pro, the Scientific Angler’s Amplitude Grand Slam, and the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tarpon line. So far his favorite line to match the 9′#11 Asquith has been an Amplitude Tarpon WF-12-F SA. He tried both the Rio Directcore Flats Pro WF-11-F, and WF-12-F, however these were heavier than the SA lines, making the Rio WF-11-F the better match up of the two. Rio says these new lines have no memory, but they do have some. If you are going with an Amplitude Grand Slam, then stick with a WF-11-F.
Vann Gravage with 50 pounds of keys chrome... Photo: Ted Christie
Dan Slack with a nice Upper Madison brown... Photo: Josh Edwards
The Yellowstone isn’t looking so hot right now. With almost no visibility we are sending trips to the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, local private lakes, and the Madison. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Clarity through Livingston yesterday (4/29 at 11:31AM)
Clarity down low yesterday (4/29 at 11:28AM)