Chuck and John with a nice Yellowstone Park Cutthroat
Yellowstone National Park has still been fishing well, and now with school back in session there is a little more elbow room in the NE section of the park. Anglers willing to do a little hiking have reaped some nice rewards this year, (although we also offer fishing trips close to the roads as well). There have been a TON of hoppers in the Park this year, as well as ants, beetles, crickets, and drakes. If you have never fished inside Yellowstone National Park and would like to learn some good new spots give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
The Bear Brothers...
Clarity Wednesday 8/29 (7:50AM) - 4 feet of visibility
Seems like yesterdays plug in the upper Valley hasn’t quite hit town yet. The river looks good again in Gardiner this morning so a float up high would be a good idea today as the mud just went though yesterday and the fish should be hungry. The morning light is making it hard to tell at Pine Creek, but it looks a little more off color than town, meaning it would be safest to float down low so you don’t get caught by any mud. The river is still fishing well, with plenty of fish looking up for hoppers and smaller dries. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Big Red with a nice afternoon streamer eater. Photo: John Bond
JB & Marshall "Maverick" Crown with a nice brown. Photo: Josh Torne
Henry with the big brown, Ben with two thumbs up! Guide: Marcus McGuire
There is a little mud coming from the Larmar, now coming through Gardner and heading towards Carbella. Below Emigrant is going to be good to go today, tomorrow we’ll have to see where the mud ends up but we should be able to work around it by either going up high or way low. The river fished slow yesterday, although fish were still caught. With warmer weather today and tomorrow we expect the hopper bite to turn back on quickly. Give us a call to book, there is a little more elbow room out there (with kids going back to school) and the fish are still looking up and eating dries! 1-406-222-7130.
Big Ben, already living up to his name!
Liz with a nice native cutthroat...
It's got to be the stash! Dave and Chase with a nice Yellowstone bow
Anne Yolitz with a big beefy brown, caught on a callibaetis nymph
Surprisingly the Callibaetis hatches have been hanging on strong! The past couple days we have been seeing callibaetis spinners on the water early in the morning, (from the day before), with a thick hatch starting around noon to 2:00. Damsels and dragons have also been around but hoppers have still been the king of bigger dries. Scuds, damsel nymphs and chironomids have also been working well sub-surface. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Andy "get the net" Martens and Brian Yolitz "Seizing the Day"
Sam Fischer "Hey guys, could I get a little ... help?"
Paul Fischer and Josh Edwards with a tall brown.
Craig Yolitz and Jed with another big brown...
JB and Mark Kinner with an old Buck Shot brown... Photo: Mr. Stone
The Yellowstone has been kicking out some nice fish lately! Hoppers have been the name of the game although small nymphs, rubberlegs, evening caddis, and streamers have also been working well. The river is still a little dicey in spots, (especially between Pine Creek and Springdale), so be sure to have an expert oarsmen at the helm if you choose a float within this section of the river. More people have flipped rafts and boats than just about any other year we can think of. The good news is the big water has remained nice and cold and the fish have been eating well in the afternoon. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Jed and Tom with a nice brown!
Deano the Machine-o! Photo: Logan Brown
Dr. Steve with a nice Valley brown... Photo: JB
Way to go Evan! Photo: Josh Edwards
Joe Stifflemire and Chase Chapman enjoying a day up high.
The river has still been fishing well, especially in the afternoons. There are lots of hoppers out this year and the fish have been looking up! Last winter’s generous snow pack is still giving the river plenty of cool water and the fish are in great shape. Lots of happy clients, give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130
Danielle Pease with a nice getaway brown... Photo: Lars Axelsen
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
"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...
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
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!