Yellowstone Still Fishing

Paul Fingersh with a nice hopper eater! Photo: Eric Paulson

The Yellowstone has gotten a little tougher but still fishing well.   As we enter further into August we will continue to see a shift from stoneflies to hoppers.  Other terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and crickets have also been working well.  All it takes is seeing one or two big browns come up off the bottom and suck down your hopper to commit to dry fly fishing the rest of the day!  Nymphing has still been effective however as has throwing streamers.  Give us a call to book a trip with some of Montana’s best guides and outfitters.  1-406-222-7130.

Doug Crowther with a big native Yellowstone Cutthroat! Photo: Sarah Crowther

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Callibaetis Hatches Still Thick

"Chedwards" Chef Edwards on the grill...

There have still been some thick callibaetis hatches on our local and private lakes.  With solid spinner falls early in the morning, many fish have been looking up to eat early, (depending on the wind).  With enough spent spinners to last until lunch, and a mega hatch of fresh callibaetis starting around 1:00 PM, the dry fly fishing has been solid. Hoppers, crickets, damsels, and ants are also working well.  Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip, there are some big fish to be caught right now!  1-406-222-7130.

Sam Fischer and Jamie with a nice rainbow. Photo: Big Kev

Kevin with a nice pre-lunch callibaetis spinner eater...

Brad Lutovsky putting in the work...

Scott Anderson having some fun!

Brad Klein enjoying a nice summer day...

Derek and Sadie working some rising fish.

A typical lake rainbow

Flora from the lake

Paul Fischer puts one in the net...

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Hopper Time

Bud and Bond enjoying a day in the Valley... Photo: Kim Hart

The hopper bite has been quite good this week.  Guides have been fishing hoppers all day with success, although the afternoons have been the best.  We have a bunch of hoppers around this year, if you are listening, you’ll probably here them clicking their wings along the banks.  The past few days it has been windy enough to blow some into the river which is good for the bite, although slightly more difficult to row and cast.  Fish have also been eating streamers, (as well dead drifted buggers, rubber legs, and beadheads).  Lots of sun in the forecast the rest of the week, give us a call to book a trip!  1-406-222-7130.

Kim with a "Hart" of Gold ... Photo: John Bond

And another one bites the bug! Kim Hart roping 'em in. Photo: JB

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Clarity Report

Clarity in town today (8/5 at 6:45AM) is looking good...

The west channel on 9th street island, far to low to float but looking good

There have been some pretty hard rain and even hail storms hitting in the afternoons.  The good news is that the plugs from the Gardiner and Lamar were short and already well past town.  No more new spikes on the Lamar (so far) however it looks like we will be getting another heavy afternoon storm today.  As always give us a call for the latest report or to book a trip!  1-406-222-7130.

The Warren Wrecking Crew... coming through! Photo: Josh Edwards

Aside from the storms (and drops in barometric pressure), the fishing has remained solid.  Lots of hoppers headed out the doors these days, as well as chubbies, rubberlegs, zonkers, and soft hackle beadheads.  Fish have been looking up and quite a few have been eating dries, especially in faster water.  If you see a fish come up and look at your hopper but not take it right away, give it a little twitch to make the legs kick.  This can often make the difference between an eat and a refusal…

Dawn Sima - "nailed it!" Photo: John Bond

Matt with a nice Paradise Valley Cutthroat...

Roberto getting after it in!

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Safety First – Dangerous Waters

Recovery teams are still working below 89...

The Yellowstone has dropped under 6,000 CFS.  While certain sections of the river have really shaped up well, others have become dangerous.  Sections to avoid include Yankee Jim Canyon, Pine to Carter’s, Carter’s to 89, 89 to Springdale, and Springdale to Greybear.  We highly recommend avoiding these sections unless you are 100% confident on the oars in scary / tricky situations.   Mayor’s to Springdale has been re-opened as of 9:00PM last night (7/29), smaller teams will continue the search as it transitions from rescue to recovery.  If you plan to use 89 take out (which we don’t recommend now), it is best to go to the left of the far right bridge pylon, rather than going to the right which has a bad hydraulic in it.  Once you pass the pylon on the left side, a strong rower can still make the take out.  There are also some fast waves along the cliff walls between Mayor’s and 89 to watch out for.  Accidents can happen at anytime, to any rower.  Until CFS drops and things are less sketchy, we recommend floating anywhere from Carbella to Mallard’s, or anywhere from Otter Creek (in Big Timber) down to Twin Bridges (above Columbus). When in doubt, if you “don’t know, don’t go.”

Unrelated to Friday's accident, this happened between Pine and Carter's

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Yellowstone Fishing Well

Brian Sienkowski and the Kipp Bros getting after it...

The Yellowstone has been fishing well this past week.  With flows under 6,000 the river is taking shape and many of the shelves, riffles, and drop offs we all enjoy fishing are in prime time levels.  Hoppers are starting to work well and we have heard of some big fish being caught (and lost) on them.  Caddis have been working still in the evenings, as have ants and smaller dries.  Chub/rub is always a good combo and after you have caught a few fish on dries and droppers you might consider stripping a streamer for a while.  Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.

Corwin Kipp with a nice brown... Photo: Brian Sienkowski

Got 'em! Photo: John Bond

John Kipp with a nice brown... Photo: John Bond

Mike Rosol having some fun out there! Photo: John Bond

Miles Titland with a fine specimen... Photo: Tom Titland

Chloe Nostrant with a dry fly eater... photo: Will Phelps

Anthony Morabito with a solid Yellowstone rainbow... Photo: Chloe Nostrant

Will Phelps, hogies all day, 'er day! Photo: Chloe Nostrant

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Dry Fly Fishing on Local and Private Lakes

Josh Edwards and Harry Ano with a nice brown. Photo: Bob Bergquist

Dry Flies have been working well recently on local and private lakes.  Callibaetis duns and spent spinners have been some of the best patterns, as well as damsel dries, traveling sedges, hoppers, and other terrestrial patterns. Depending on the day, it might not hurt to add a sub-surface dropper, but many times only one single dry is getting things done.  Give us a call to book a trip!  406-222-7130.

Josh and Harry with another one... Photo: Bob Bergquist

Paradise Valley, always a beautiful backdrop...

Chase and Vince Herrera a nice lake rainbow...

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Yellowstone Fishing Well

Leah Boehler with a tank! Photo: Logan Brown

Water levels on the Yellowstone are finally entering prime time!  Fish have been looking up and eating chubbies, hoppers, caddis, and other attractor dries.  A lot of fish have been caught on dry/dropper rigs – many falling for the dropper, but a few nice fish have been caught on top as well. The streamer bite has slowed down a bit but for those who are willing to stick with it a big fish is bound to be caught soon.  We’ve seen some true beasts chase all the way to the boat this past week.  Give us a call to book a trip, someone is going to get a big one – might as well be you!  1-406-222-7130.

Logan with a solid brown of his own... Photo: Dean the Machine

Max Downes from down under grabbing a nice valley bow! Photo: JB

Hallie and Chase with a nice brown!

Addy Oldham and Paul Bloch having some fun... Photo: Pierce Edlich

JR and Chase - getting it done!

The Valley is still fishing well... William and John having fun. Photo: Scott

Luke Gallagher - attack from the back! Photo: Ashby Bell

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Yellowstone National Park

Chloe Nostrant with a nice YNP native cutthroat. Photo: JB

The NE corner of the Park has been fishing very well lately!  With water levels dropping and a plethora of bugs hatching the fish have been looking up and taking dries.  Bring your PMD’s, drakes (green, brown, and gray), stoneflies, hoppers, ants, beetles, and crickets.  Attractor dries such as royal wulffs, trudes, and stimulators have also been working.  If you don’t mind fishing with a dropper we stock a bunch of good beadhead softhackles and nymphs that are absolutely deadly.  Depending how far people would like to hike we can arrange anything from a few feet off the road to a 12 mile round trip “hike and strike.”  Give us a call anytime to book! 1-406-222-7130.

Join one of our women's fly fishing trips in the Park!

Ladies, have you always wanted to learn how to fly fish but don’t know where to start?  Join us for a one or two day Women’s fly fishing workshop in Yellowstone National Park!  The Yellowstone Angler’s Women’s Fishing Camp is a women’s only guided fly fishing camp geared towards beginner female anglers.  These camps are designed to be fun, educational and empowering above all.  The goal is to give women the basic skills and knowledge to feel able and confident to go out and fish on their own.  If you have questions please feel free to call Chloe at the shop! 1-406-222-7130.

A Bison Crossing right in the "good" spot! Photo: Chase Chapman

A nice native comes to hand... Photo: JB

Rush hour traffic in YNP... Photo: JB

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Yellowstone Fishing Well

Russell Schmidt with a nice brown on the black dragon... Photo: John Bond

The Stone has been fishing well this past week.  A bit of mud has been coming from Yellowstone National Park but nothing that can’t be worked around.  Still a bunch of yellow sallies and caddis on the water.  Streamers have been working here and there, nymphing has been the most effective, with of course a few whitefish coming to the boat on beadhead droppers, but some nice trout as well.  There have been some tricky currents out there so please be careful and have an experienced rower at the helm.  Give us a call to book a trip!  1-406-222-7130.

John Bubnikovich making it look easy! Photo: Marcus McGuire

Jessica Bubnikovich getting hooked on fishing! Photo: John Bond

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