Archive for July, 2009

July 30th

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Good Morning

July is quickly coming to an end and it has been quite a month. We never got too hot and we received a fair share of rain and cooler weather. In fact the other day I was bundled in three layers of fleece on the Madison, trying to take the chill out of a very cool wind. What will August bring? Well certainly some terrestrial fishing as the grasshoppers are really beginning to ramp up! Beetles and flying ants are always on the menu as well. You can bet that the ever increasing spruce moth will show up any day now, and the trout of Yellowstone country are ready to eat moth. Look for a few aquatic insect hatches as well. Callibaetis on the lakes. Heptagenia mayflies on the rivers in the Lamar drainage. Trikes on the Fork. Caddis on the Madison. But I will not be fishing anywhere without a Flip Em Floppy, Foxi Beetle, and a EPIX Spruce Moth at this point. August is a great time to fish smaller streams such as the Gardner, Taylor’s Fork, Gallatin, Soda Butte, Gibbon, and many others. Dry fly fishing can be fantastic on these pocket water streams with small hopper patterns and attractors. August also usually brings warm weather-sunny and bright blue sky days and a less chance of afternoon thunderstorms. I hate to bring this up, but August is also only a month away from……yes….. Fall, and we almost always see a fresh dusting of snow on the peaks towards the end of this month. Soon the elk will be bugling, but until then it is the sound of click and clack hoppers that fill the air, and hopefully the zing and swish of fly line and trout doing their dance. Time to fish!

July 20th

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Good Morning,

Beautiful days in Yellowstone country abound. Sun and warmth with afternoon thunderstorms are the norm this week, and the area remains a vibrant and lush green. Wildflowers are everywhere, dotting the landscape with splashes of pinks, reds, yellows, and purples. July is a wonderful time here, and we hope you are wading and floating the rivers immersed in the grandeur of Yellowstone. Summer fishing is in full swing with wade fishing opportunities on practically every river. Sandals and shorts, a 5 weight fly rod, a handful of easy to see dry flies, are all part of the recipe for a fun summer fishing excursion. If it looks fishy, you really ought to be fishing it. From the Gallatin to the Lamar it is all good now. As for more specifics, look to the Madison to continue to pump out various caddis this week, especially in the mornings and evenings. A thuderstorm in the afternoon could trigger a Epeorus or PMD emergence so be on the lookout for that. The Madison is full of micro-habitat with one thing happening on a 100 yard stretch of river, and something completely different on the next 100 yards. I love the Gallatin in July as a variety of bugs march down its rough and tumble currents. A couple of high riding attractors such as a rubberleg Stimulator, or a Royal Wulff Cripple will have you tied into a couple of beautiful rainbows. Although the Box Canyon is very high, the reclusive Rainbows here are on the lookout for small nymphs. There may not be a harder fighting fish in this area, than a 17″ obese rainbow from the Box. Hold on to your fly rod with both hands! Looking for an adventure, than hike into the canyons of the Yellowstone to fish salmonflies and goldenstones. This is fly fishing in Yellowstone at its finest. The sun is shining and the fish are rising, so it is time to fish.

July 16th-The Heat of Summer

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Good Day to everyone,

Summer is in full swing in Yellowstone country. Forecasted highs in the mid 80’s by the weekend will have everyone feeling the heat, but the rivers will remain cool, and the trout are on the feed. Fishing is very good right now just about everywhere, making it very difficult to decide where to fish each day. The Madison is in beautiful shape river wide. Look for Hydropsyche caddis every morning and evening. Good egglaying activity is occurring for the early risers. EPIX Caddis and Iris Caddis in #16 are the key to this hatch. Look for Epeorus and PMD’s, especially in the afternoons and evenings. Crips, sparkle duns, EPIX duns, and KT emergers will fool trout feeding on these bugs. A few salmonflies and goldenstones remain, along with lots of smaller stones. Searching the water with Royal Wulff Cripples, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and trudes are a fun and exciting way to fish the Madison in July. The Gallatin is a great choice right now, with attractors leading the way. Trailing a beadhead nymph 24″ behind a RW Crip is deadly. The NE corner of YNP is really coming into shape. Slough, Lamar, and the Soda Butte are all possible. Look for gray and green drakes to bring ravenous trout to the surface. Salmonflies in the Black and Grand Canyons of the Yellowstone-priceless! Both the Firehole and Madison in the Park still have fish rising inthe mornings and evenings but it might be time to give these hardy fish a break until September. Warm water is in their forecast, and there are better options right now anyway! Look for lake fishing to really kick into high gear now as well. Gulpers on Hebgen are definitely there. A handfull of Callibaetis cripples are all you need here, that and an accurate presentations and nerves of steel! Fishing is summer hot-game on everybody!

July 8th-Salmonflies

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Good Morning Everybody,

Sorry for the long delay between posts but I had computer issues. I don’t know what a motherboard is, but apparently it is important and a computer does not function very well with a fried one. But I am back in the game again, and it is time to talk fishing. Hold on to your socks, the fishing is approaching out of sight. Alomost every river in our area has shaped up from run-off and bugs of various dimensions are popping everywhere. Salmonflies are the talk of the town, as this massive hatch has reached the upper Madison in the vicinity of Lyons Bridge. The much talked about upstream progression of this hatch usually begins to break apart as the “head” of the hatch reaches Palisades, with bugs coming off here and there and no clear indication of a specific place to be. Needless to say it is a good idea to have a Salmonfly imitation tied on, almost no matter where you are on the Madison these days. Along with Salmonflies, various other bugs are hatching: goldenstones, mini golden stones, PMD’s, Epeorus, Hydropsyche caddis, Arctopsyche caddis, and even a a few green drakes. It is definitley dry fly time on the Madison! The upper Yellowstone is also seeing Salmonflies, from Yankee Jim upstream into the Park. Water clarity here is still a little suspect, but big bugs attract big attention. Salmonflies are upstream of Big Sky and despite recent rainstorms there is enough clarity in the Gallatin to make this a viable option too. Speaking of the Gallatin it is in great shape in the Park upstream of Taylor’s Fork, so if a recent storm has discolored the rest of the Gally hit the Park stretch. The Lower Fork is also still producing with PMD’s and a slough of caddis. Look for big risers in small packages-translation: look for a nose just breaking the surface, sipping so to speak, and you just might have a legendary monster Rainbow in your sights. A variety of patterns to throw are mandatory, along with a perfect drift of course-Fish On! Small streams are also a great option right now, so ask your guide to take you where the crowds are not and you will be pleasantly surprised! It is really time to hit the water!