Chris Powers locked down low! Photo: Dusty Porter
The Yellowstone continues to give up the goods! CFS has now dropped to around 6,500 in town and 5900 at Corwin Springs. We are seeing more hoppers around, although only a few have actually hit the water. Stonefly action is still solid, as well as small dry flies like purple haze, trudes, caddis, and other attractor dries. Nymphing has still been the best way to put numbers in the boat. Fishing a streamer on a sinking line or under a bobber remains the best tactic for a bigger fish.
John Bond and Corwin Kipp off to a good start!
It's gotta be the hat - Brett Edwards crushing it... Photo: Forrest Craig
Doc Kibler with a nice brown... Photo: Hank Bechard
If you are looking to fish dry flies, Yellowstone National Park has been fishing excellent. Believe it or not there are still Salmonflies and goldenstones to be had if you know where to look. Slough creek, the Lamar, and Soda Butte have all been fishing well with hoppers, crickets, green and grey drakes, chubbies, and ants. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip, depending on how far you are willing to walk we have plenty of great “hike and strike” options. Our guides know some beautiful fishing spots and are ready to share them with you. 1-406-222-7130.
Kerry and Chase having fun in the NE section of the Park...
Alex Kovar "earning it"
An average Yellowstone Cutthroat
Abbie "The Brook Trout Queen" Green! Photo: JG
More pocket aces... Photo: Dean Poli
Flows on the Stone continue to drop slowly… currently at 7,350 CFS in town and 6,560 near Corwin Springs. The forecast looks clear through the weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms starting Monday/Tuesday. Give us a call to book a last minute trip or to plan a trip in August or September. 406-222-7130.
Green is good... the river is looking ripe and ready...
W.A. Landreth, JB, and Hood Whitson crushing it up high... Photo: Mike Malone
Henry and Hunter with a fat upper river rainbow! Photo: Will Rodgers
Paulson and Rusty Lacy with a solid brown from yesterday. Photo: Big Steve
Clarity is looking good from Gardiner to Livingston and beyond. Should be a great day out there, give us a call to book a last minute fishing trip! 406-222-7130.
Clarity today in town (7/18) - green is good! (7,010 CFS)
We just got word around noon today that there is a surprise plug of mud coming down from 6-mile, making the River pretty dirty from just above Emigrant past Pine creek. The Clarity in Gardiner is a little bit off as well as of this afternoon but we expect that to clear up by tomorrow morning…
Clarity just above Pine Creek (today, 7/18 at 1:50PM)... mud from 6-mile
John Bond and Ron Phillip with a thick Valley hen. Photo: Joe Gilmartin
The river did have some tiger stripes of mud today but we were able to work around it and you will be able to do the same tomorrow as well. Yesterday around mid-day the Lamar was starting to clear near the confluence of Soda Butte but was very muddy at the Larmar bridge near Slough Creek. Afternoon showers have been rolling in but the fishing has been good just before or after the storms. The forecast for the next few days is clear of showers so we should have good clear water coming after tonight.
Todd Barber, from the concrete jungle! Photo: Laddy Daddy
Lucas and Jack on the attack! Photo: Chase Chapman
The river is fishing well, especially for the shot at a big fish. Several big fish have gotten off at the net, swam straight up stream, or busted off in the bushes – and you’ll have that on the Yellowstone! Now is as good a chance as any to land the fish of a lifetime, give us a call to help make it happen! 406-222-7130.
John Bond and Joe Gilmartin with a fatty... Photo: Ron Phillip
CFS on the Yellowstone has finally dropped into great shape... (yesterday 7/14)
The flows on the Stone have dropped to 7,520 CFS in town and the river is back to “green is good.” Big bugs are long gone but fish are rising up and eating caddis in certain spots. Most folks are still throwing nymphs or streamers, going for a big one. The Valley has still be the dominant stretch of water for both numbers and larger fish but people are starting to float other sections now as well with limited success. If you decide to float town it is safer to pull out at Mayor’s Landing since the 89 bridge pillars are making a sketchy hydraulic right at the take out.
Sophia Burton, capturing more than just new wisdom this trip! Photo: Uncle Hank
Preston Burton with a nice Yellowstone brown. Photo: Hank Bechard
Becca Huyard with a solid sunny day brown... Photo: Hank Bechard
The Dickerson boys - doubled up! (38 more to go) ... Photo: Hank Bechard
Mike & Jack living it up on the banks of the Yellowstone! Photo: JB
Yesterday we had a pretty heavy rain hit the upper Yellowstone and YNP, which did result in a bit of a mud plug. Around 10:00AM today (Monday 7/10) the mud was reported in between Point of Rocks and mile marker 26. Another storm has hit this afternoon, although primarily north of the Park, so tomorrow should be fishable. After Wednesday night we will be in the clear from rain for a while with sun in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. CFS at Carter’s is finally under 9,000 but may remain around there until these last rains wash through.
Salmonflies and Goldenstones in the Park...
If you are on the big bug hunt you’ll still be able to find plenty of stragglers between Gardiner and Point of rocks, however the bulk of the hatch has now moved on into the Park. Give us a call if you’d like to go on a Yellowstone National Park “hike and strike” trip! 406-222-7130.
Matthew Baxter and Andy Baxter keeping the tradition alive! Photo: Josh Edwards
JB and Amy Long with a big brown from today, (7/10) Photo: Guy DS
Robert Ebeling Jr. & JB with a Home Invader brown... Photo: Robert Ebeling Sr.
Clarity on the Yellowstone has been improving lately and people are starting to catch more and more fish on dries. In the Valley caddis have been working better, if you go way up high then salmonflies, goldenstones, and yellow sallies are still on the menu. Most of the Valley reports from today were slow, although the cloud cover did provide some a nice relief from the scorching sun we’ve had the past few days. Looks like more clouds tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon as well…
Brandon Johnson with his first trout ever on the fly, not bad! Photo: Jason Lawn
Jason Lawn with the attack from the back! Photo: Jamie Anderson
Doc Ebeling & Chase with a solid lake rainbow... Photo: Elizabeth Ebeling
Local and private lakes are still fishing well. Expect to see callibaetis and damsels hatching from 10:00 – 2:00 everyday. Later in the afternoon going subsurface as been the key to success. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Tommy Camp with a solid Yellowstone brown! Photo: Travis Camp
The Yellowstone is still taking its sweet time to fully clear, but in the meantime we’ve been having some good nymph and streamer fishing. The dry fly bite has been more difficult, for that the Upper Madison is still your best bet.
Adam Mendelsen with a nice upper Valley brown. Photo: Austin Trayser
Salmonflies are still thick at Carbella, although there are plenty above Yankee Jim canyon as well. You won’t find too many big bugs below Emigrant now, however, a few anglers have been catching fish on caddis dries here and there. We keep waiting for visibility to increase, but at least for now nymphing has been working better. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Clarity yesterday (7/3 around noon) about a foot of visibility...
The Yellowstone has had a slow awakening but the fish are starting to eat the dry a little better, especially below clear confluences. Strangely enough, many of the dry fly bites have been on smaller caddis or yellow sallies, with the occasional rise to a big salmonfly dry. The streamer fishing has been solid, as has deep nymphing a bugger or rubber legs with a good amount of weight to bring it down. Although flows have dropped to 10,400 CFS in town the current is still moving pretty fast so it is important to get your flies down deep. The tough part is that it is still difficult to see snags and rocks so the chance of loosing some flies is likely. Load up with a full clip and keep after it! Give us a call to book a trip: 1-406-222-7130.
"Todd the Bodd" with a choice Valley brown... Photo: Morgan Barber
You’ll find Salmonflies all the way up to Gardiner now, with plenty of big bugs still staging up between Carbella and Emigrant. There are several small clear creeks running into the river and all these spots have been good dry fly fishing. The rest of the time try throwing a big streamer or rubber leg and go for a hog!
Chuck and John get one on the dry... Photo: Big Steve
JG with a perfect cutty... Photo: Ben McCracken
Locked again! Photo: Ben McCracken
Silje Haugen enjoying a happy 4th of July... Photo: JB
John Bond and John Thacher having fun out there... Photo: Bruce Beretta
It was a tough day out there today. Some of the better results were 4-6 trout per boat but, in general the fishing was on the slow side. Perhaps the fish gorged on big bugs? It finally seems like the clarity has improved enough that a fish could see (and eat) a big dry, but so far the only dry fly fishing has been at or below clear confluences of the Yellowstone. Fishing with streamers or big salmonfly nymphs under a bobber have had the best results so far. The river has finally dropped into that 10,000 CFS range (currently at 10,7000 at Carter’s bridge) and should just get better and better each day as flows drop. Give us a call to book a trip for later this week, things are about to turn on and you won’t want to miss it! 1-406-222-7130
James Hill, King of the boat ramp take out... Photo: John Bond
If you are really after a surface eat on a salmonfly dry, the upper Madison is still your best bet. If you are up for some streamer fishing or a little nymphing, the Yellowstone is playing, but the fishing has been difficult, even for veteran guides and anglers. If you do decide to float, make sure the oarsman is confident and can handle sudden current changes and hydraulics. This is not the time to have inexperienced buddies give rowing a try…