Girls outfishing the boys (again)!

Chelsey with another nice brown, this one ate a hopper! Photo: Brian S.

Adrianna with a nice town fish. Photo: Paul Bloch

The Yellowstone is fishing ON FIRE again!   Guide trips have been boating over 50 fish lately, (some whitefish of course) but mostly trout the past few days.  All of the guides we work with have been saying the Yellowstone is fishing as good as it has been all summer.  The guys at the shop have been boating over 2o trout each night after work.  The big browns have been eating hoppers, chubbies, and a variety of dropper nymphs.   Streamers have been working here and there (mostly dead-drifted) but should be working better the next few days with the forecast rain.  Small dry droppers have been the ticket for getting more numbers of trout to the boat.  Purple Haze has been our number one seller this past week (so get them while supplies last).   The dry fly fishing should get even better the next few days with the clouds and rain.  Expect to see both Fall drakes (Fall Mahoganies and Hecuba), as well as some Fall baetis.  We like either the original Parachute Adams or the hi-vis Parachute Adams on the river for a baetis pattern.  We also like fishing a variety of René Harrop’s baetis patterns as a dropper off the Adams or drake pattern.  If you don’t like the sound of fishing in the rain it looks like we are back to sun this weekend as well as next week.  Give us a call to book a trip!  406-222-7130.

Dana gets locked... Photo: Logan Brown

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Yellowstone fishing well again

Like brother like sister... Stacey gets a nice one! Photo: Chelsey Clark

Both Clarity and water temp are looking good on the Yellowstone right now.  The browns are starting to get some vibrant colors and are getting more and more aggressive as we move into mid September.  The best streamer fishing is still to come but at least the streamer bite is starting to get better and better.  Next week we have some cold weather moving in which should really seal the deal.  For now, (at least for numbers) dry flies have been working best.  If you are up for the task, you can catch about 40 whitefish a day by nymphing beadheads in the Valley right now.  It’s actually a great chance for novice anglers to get used to fishing a nymph rig.  Aside from the white fish the Valley has a large trout fish count per mile right now.  Try fishing dries or smaller nymphs to keep the white fish off.

Bob and Phil Key with a nice brown...

New methods for spotting fish... Photo: Josh Edwards

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Dry Fly Game still best

Why the Chubby is still working...

Aside from a few productive rainy days, the dry fly game has still been one of the most productive method’s for catching trout on the Yellowstone lately.  Hopper have been working but not as well as Fall drakes, chubbies, caddis, and attractor dries like H&L Variants, Purple Para Wulffs, Lime Trudes, ect.  Clarity on the Yellowstone is back to normal.  Two days ago the river fished excellent.   Yesterday was a bit slow, which means today should fish well again.  There’s still a lot of water in the river (3,750) which means some of the classic Fall runs still have a ways to go before they are swingable.  Look for browns in the shallows or the tail outs…

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River Clearing…

Blart and Jon Kipp with a Bird Float beast! Photo: Merlin Kipp

Today was the first day the Yellowstone looked worth floating in a few days.  As usual, it never hurts to be one of the first to show the fish flies and today fished really well.  Both dries and nymphs are working well, dries took more trout, most nymphs were gobbled up by whitefish before the big browns could get them…

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Other rivers fishing well

Jon & Corwin Kipp with a fat Madison bow! Photo: Eric Paulson

Only 4 inches.... but FAT! Photo: Logan Brown

One nice thing about living (and guiding) around the Livingston/Bozeman area is that when the Yellowstone blows out we have a lot of other options.  Both the Upper and Lower Madison have been fishing well.  The Lower Madison fished well with crayfish patterns, lightning bugs, and smaller beadheads.  The Upper Madison has also been nymphing well with rubber legs and beadheads and even dead drifting streamers.  Smaller dries have also been working well on the Upper, tight to the edges in surprisingly skinny water.  Aside from the blue ribbon rivers there are also a handful a smaller streams (names we won’t mention here) that fish very well this time of year.  You might not be catching any monster browns, but the dry fly fishing can be very good and is well worth your effort while the Yellowstone clears…

Keith Whitaker with a nice Gallatin brown. Photo: Renee Whitaker

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Town down is clear

Town (Sat 8/30)... 3+ feet of vis

The river looks fantastic this morning with good cloud cover and plenty of clarity.  The electric peak webcam is harder to tell, but it looks like there is some mud showing up at the Pine Creek webcam, (just now at 10:57AM).  The mud is likely from 6 mile creek.   Town down is looking good, water temp is about perfect, and their may even be some baetis or fall drakes on the water.  Streamers would be a good way to go for a big fish and and small dries (like Purple Haze, Parachute Adams, Lime trudes) should get you the lion’s share of your fish.  Beadheads and other nymphs are working well but the white fish are on the prowl pretty hard…

Only 20" - but fat...

Clinton Eller with 1 of 27 trout on the dry fly! (8/30) Photo: Hank Bechard

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Clarity Report

Looking good in town today... (8/25) with 2+ feet of vis

Visibility in town is looking good this morning.  Looking at the Pine Creek webcam the valley has that “green is good” look to it.  There is still a cloud covering the Electric Peak webcam, but it looks a lot more green than brown up there.  The dopplar radar has shown no storms in the park yesterday or today so the river should be good to go for a while.

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Rainy weather…

Rainy weather = Streamer time...

Looks like a fair amount of rain in the forecast, meaning we will likely be working our way around the mud plugs.  The Madison has been fishing well this week and will be a good plan “B” if the Yellowstone is too muddy.  Tonight the upper Yellowstone Web cam doesn’t look too bad, suggesting there may be clear water to be found tomorrow.  Give us a call for a clarity report or to book a guide!  406-222-7130.  With the colder nights and mornings, the streamer ffishing has just started to pick up and will keep getting better…

Weather for the weekend...

 

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Good to go…

2-3 feet of Green is good in town (8/20) with more clear water in the Valley...

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Hopper Time

John Kirk with a hopper eater... Photo: Nathan Anderson

Fish are looking up and eating dries, both big and small.  For big, be thinking hoppers and chubbies still.  For smaller dries anglers have had decent luck with trudes, caddis, parachute ants, and such.  There is a chance that rain from tonight in the Park will cause a plug up high so be thinking town down tomorrow, (which will be Tuesday)…

Nigel Jessiman with a fine side-channel specimen....

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