Recent Rain = spike in CFS

Russ Hajek with a dry fly eater behind Paul's house... Photo: Eric Paulson

Bruce Ashford with a nice brown. Photo: Bob Bergquist

Looks like the Yellowstone, the Lamar, and the Gardiner spiked a bit today.  We’ll know more tomorrow on how bad the mud is but town down should be fine.  Depending on the size of the spike the Yellowstone may even be floatable up high above the spike.  Give us a buzz in the morning for the latest clarity conditions and trust your shuttle drivers… 406-222-7130.  It looks like we have 60% chance of heavy rain tonight and 50% chance of rain tomorrow with a 50% chance of rain in the Park tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night…  In the meantime, the dry fly fishing has been pretty good lately, with lots of fishing looking up and eating caddis, attractor dries, hoppers, stone fly dries, flying ants, and beetles.  If we do get mud it will re-set the river and we’ll be back to throwing larger streamers, rubberlegs, and big beadheads for a couple days.

Paul Block and Ralph McDevitt with a nice dry fly eater... Photo: Grace McDevitt

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Stones on the Stone

Blart's big dawgger brown... Photo: Ray Bernardo

J. Bond on the release... Photo: TNT

The Yellowstone continues to fish quite well.  Flows have dropped to around 6,000 CFS and the water temperatures have been near perfect.  2014 is turning into one heck of a year so far!  Pick any section right now, you really can’t go wrong (although some of the best spots down low are still too high to fish effectively right now).  For dry flies we been having luck with Chubbies, Hoppers, trudes, high vis elk hair caddis, Bloom’s caddis, turk’s tarantula, flying ants, and other attractors.  For nymphs it’s been mostly rubber legs, green crystal buggers, and a variety of beadheads, size 10-16 depending on what type of water you are fishing.  For streamers try a black lead-eye, bow river bugger, home invader, circus peanut, or a sex dungeon.  Only a 20% chance thunderstorms building in the afternoons for this week, which means we should be mud plug free for a while…

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Windy River…

JB at it again... Photo: TNT

The river cleared is looking good… (probably about 3 feet of vis).  The only tough part today is the wind is ripping.  Hopefully things calm down a little by tonight and tomorrow.  The forecast is calling for 16-20 mph in town tomorrow, 19-24 down low, and 6-14 up high.  The sky looks clear for the next few days so mud shouldn’t be an issue… Give us a call if you’d like to get out there!  406-222-7130…

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Not a bad July…

Brian Sienkowski and Ed Bowen with a two footer from yesterday...

A plug of mud is currently going through the Yellowstone from Gardiner to Pig Farm.  It will be difficult to get ahead of it today, other than floating well below Big Timber. Looks like the water is starting to clear up, hopefully by tonight it will be clear enough to fish above Yankee Jim. It was the Gardiner that spiked more than the Lamar this time…

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Still time for a big one…

Chris Lambert with a Valley predator! Photo: Doug Mcknight

Mike Craig with a nice valley brown in the boat... Photo: Dave Bryan

Although Chris’ big brown (shown above) was caught a couple weeks ago, the Yellowstone continues to deliver some really nice fish.  Last Friday the fishing was completely off the hook, Saturday and Sunday were on the slower side.   Snow pack levels are currently 116%, which means we’ll have a good amount of water to last through August and September.  (We’ve also been seeing quite a few hoppers in the tall grass lately and it looks like this year will be a better hopper year than last year).  CFS at Carter’s Bridge has dropped to 7,600 which means it’s go time.  Today we have 50-70% chance of rain with 20% chance of rain the rest of the week.  We were in YNP yesterday and the coast is clear for now, however if it rains in the park tonight or tomorrow we may have to work around a plug or two.  The forecast is calling for 40% chance of rain in the Lamar Valley today and tonight, and 20% chance Wednesday night.  No rain in the forecast for Thursday on.  As for the Spring Creeks, we are starting to see sulphur’s in the afternoons and the fish are starting to key in on them.  It’s still midges and midge larva in the mornings and PMD’s from 10:00 on.  There has been some great spinner falls out there the past few days, today with all those clouds should be epic.  On brighter days guides have been fishing ants, crickets, and beetles successfully.

John Bond with a solid Valley brown... Photo: Tessa Taylor

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It’s ON on..

Brent Johnson living large! Photo: Doug Mcknight

Trey with a nice one! Photo: Doug Mcknight

The Yellowstone has been fishing well the past few days… There has some mud but we’ve managed to work around it.  There have been a lot of anglers and boaters out on the water but the fishing has been good.  Most anglers are throwing streamers or larger nymphs as the big bugs are now in the park.  There has been good caddis hatches in the evening, although the big browns will not likely be interested in eating them for now.  The water has been dropping steadily, finally we’re in that magical 8,000 CFS window (8,200 today at carter’s) and the good fishing reflects that.   Wade fishing has not been that great, you’ll definitely want a boat if possible.  Give us a call if you want to get out there and we can hook you up with a great guide.  406-222-7130…  Most anglers have been fishing with 6-8 weight rods, which makes it easier to chuck the big bugs and also to keep the bigger browns away from trouble like undercut banks and brush piles.   If you only have a 5 weight rod and are looking for a good yet inexpensive set up, we recommend a TFO BVK.  The BVK comes in many sizes but the 9′#6, 9′#7, and 9′#8 are all great rods for the time being. At $240-260 a BVK won’t break the bank, it gets the job done well, it only costs $25 if you happen to break it, and the lead time on repairs is only around a week with shipping…

Rob Koehn doing things right! Photo: Nathan Anderson

Star and Matt, double locked again! Photo: Jedwards

Shaun Gordy and Jim Floyd tearing it up... Photo: Paul Bloch

The Bird Float (Grey Owl to Mallard’s) has been fishing ridiculously well, both for numbers of fish and big browns. Town down is still an expert oarsman’s game, with the shot at one or two big browns.  If you are not super comfortable on the oars you may want to avoid floating from Pine Creek down until CFS drops to around 6,000 or so.


Shogun with a nice afterwork brownie. Photo: Jed

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Double Trouble

Valley browns caught by Star and Matt... Photo: Jed

Harely and Casey Anderson, Pine to Carter's... photo: Jed


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Mud plugs avoidable

Ye-haw… Jester’s fed! Blart, Star, & Jed afterwork… Photo: Josh Edwards

We’ve had a few mud plugs the past couple days but they have been clearing quickly and it’s been great fishing in between plugs.  Big fish are going for dead drifted streamers, rubberlegs, and large beadhead nymphs.  There have been caddis out in the evenings, so if you want to fish dries you can try fishing an elk hair caddis or trude in the foam eddies.  Most anglers have been trying for a big one since this is the time of year that it can happen.  For streamers and buggers, almost every color has been working but black still seems to have the upper hand with olive, sparkle, or natural tan coming also fishing strong.

Charley Polmatier with a nice Valley fish... Photo: Brian S

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Girls out-fishing the boys?

Maggie Secrest with not one but TWO 22" Valley browns! Photo: Tate Higgins

The past couple days the Yellowstone has been tiger striped with “green is good” and slightly too-brown-to-fish water.  Thankfully we’ve been able to work around the clarity and those who have hit it right have caught some really nice browns!  Dead drifting streamers or larger nymphs has been the most effective, although several folks have been doing well stripping streamers.  Dry fly action has been best above Yankee Jim, but we are starting to see some normal (non-chocolate) caddis in the evenings.  A size 12-16 trude, or hi-vis elkhair works well for this.   As for salmonflies, you might still find a few stragglers between Gardiner and Carbella, but for the most part this hatch has moved up into Yellowstone National Park.  For those who are willing to hike, this can be one of the most exciting days you’ll ever have!  Give us a call if you’d like to book a “hike and strike” trip for YNP… 406-222-7130.

Maggie Secrest with another lunker! WOW... Photo: Ian Secrest


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Spring Creeks

George casting with his favorite spring creek rod, the 8'6"#4 Zenith....

We’ve had mixed reports on the Spring Creeks lately.  Angler’s with reports of difficult fishing have come in disappointed with very few PMD hatching.  Angler’s who have hit the right day have reported fantastic fishing, one angler even called it the best fishing he’s ever seen in 20 years of fishing the spring creeks!  In some respects, you have to play the cards you’ve been dealt – with luck you’ll get a little cloud cover and hopefully not much wind.  Midges have been working in the morning, start looking for PMD’s around 10:00 – 2:00.  The PMD’s are now smaller, so expect to be fishing #18′s and #20′s.  You’ll want to be fishing 6X in the riffles and 6.5X or 7X in the flatwater…

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