Archive for August, 2009

August 21st-Hoppers Galore

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Good Morning Hopper Addicts,

It is time to break out the Daves, Parchutes, Chaos, and Baby Huey Hopers for the trout in the greater Yellowstone area are on the prowl looking for these juicy morsels. A size 10-14 hopper has been treating us the best, but there are some giant hoppers along the banks and I imagine there will be an increase in the size of our imitaions as the season progresses. Flying Ants are also making a showing throughout the region. Both the small black ones (I think the males) and the larger cinnamon ones are in the air and on the water. But my personal favorite terrestrial-beetle. MMMMMM delicious! I will leave it at that. Baetis have also been showing up on the cloudy days, and it pays to have a few Cripples and Sparkle Duns in 20-22 with you. Be sure to have small baetis style nymphs as well such as pheasant tails, thin mints and black lightning bugs in these small sizes. It won’t be long before a few browns begin their annual migration up the Madison into the Park from Hebgen. And the Firehole River is on the horizon too. Caddis will be the main fare here in a couple of weeks. Well I hear the clack clack clack of hoppers and the slurp slurp slurp of trout.

August 18th-Two weeks ahead or two weeks behind?

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Good Morning Folks,

I honestly cannot tell if we are two weeks ahead or two weeks behind, or right on schedule, at least as far as the fishing is concerned. With the cold and wet spring, and somewhat cooler and wetter summer, it seems that most of the hatches have been a little behind schedule. But with the cold weather this weekend, it seemed like we are closer to September hatches than early August. A fantastic Baetis emergence came off on the Madison River on Sunday, and the cool and cloudy weather are spurring these little battleships to emerge on a variety of local rivers. Basically I don’t know what is up, but we all just have to go fishing as much as possible so we can figure it out. Yesterday morning it was 20 degrees in West Yellowstone, brrrrr! There even was a skiff of snow on the Madison range! However the forecast for the rest of the week is very summer like, and it looks like we better soak up the sun, because soon it really will be September, and the chill of an early fall may be in the air.
The fishing has been very good, as it has been all summer. The Madison continues to be one of the best options with the upper river fishing particularly well. Spruce Moths have been hitting the water with their characteristic reckless abandon, and the trout love the Moth! Nymphing remains good, and the “usual suspects” continue to fool these fish. Baetis have also begun to show, as well as Rhycophilla caddis, so look for smaller pheasant tails, and thin mints to start taking a lot of fish. The Henry’s Fork is also fishing good from top to bottom. Nymphing in the Box, spinners and ants on the Ranch, and Hoppers and droppers Warm River to Ashton. The Gallatin is also chugging out good fishing with Spruce Moths and other terrestrials. Cover lots of water and watch out for bears!
Time to scrape the frost off the windshield and go fishing!

August 12th-still no pictures

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Well, I have been trying to upload photos for some time now but some snag in the system is preventing photos at this moment. So you will just have to believe me that the dry fly fishing in the greater Yellowstone area right now is very good. Just about every river has fish tuned into beetles, grasshoppers, flying ants and spruce moths. It is time to get foxi (bring in Jimi). Walk slowly along the banks of the Madison, Gallatin, Lamar, and Soda Butte and try to spot your target. If you can see a fish hanging out near the bank in less than 2 feet of water, you can bet that fish is looking for a land based food item. Short accurate casts are the name of the game. Get a good drift with a #14 beetle, or spruce moth and these fish will respond. Look closely at rocks that are just below the surface, upstream. Yes that is right, upstream. Especially in the Madison big browns love to sit upstream of rocks. A short cast a few feet upstream of the rock will bring a quick response from the trout before drag sets in. Hold on and keep that rod bent and back and you could be the next smiling fisherman with picture on our blog. That is as soon as server starts accepting photos again. Stay tuned the terrestrial fishing is just heating up!


August 8th-Rising Fish Await

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Good Afternoon,

A week into August and it feels like late September today. Highs only into the 50’s and you can bet we are gonna get cold tonight! However a return to Summer is on tap for the next couple of days. Look for highs in the 70’s and fair amount of heavenly sunshine. As for the fishing, it continues to be very good. I really hope you have made it out this summer or have plans to join us in the next few weeks, as the fishing has been as good as we can remember. Rivers are remaining full and cool, and the fish have been responding in kind. The Madison continues to fish very well, despite some bumps in the flows lately. Floating is a great option riverwide, and I expect we will see hoppers and ants come on like gangbusters this week. A little chaos hopper action haunts my dreams! The wade water is also fishing good, and you just gotta get a little foxi here. Walk slowly and carry a 5 weight stick armed with a handful of beetles and ants and you might just mix it up with a few browns and rainbows. Nymphing the slicks with the “Usual Suspects” will have you tied into a carnival ride that has made this river world famous. Good water flows have benfited every river in the area, but the the Fork is reaping big rewards. Warm River to Ashton is still fishing well as the water has remained cool. If you are looking for all day action, this section will keep you smiling. The Box and Ranch water have also been fishing well with many large specimens haunting its challenging lairs. Look for Spruce Moths maybe this week. I know I keep predicting their arrival, but they have to ascend to the water sometime? If they do, look to the Gallatin for some great dry fly fishing. If they don’t look to the Gallatin for some great dry fly fishing, just not with Spruce Moth imitations. Royal Wulff Cripples and Chilly Dogs will provide plenty of distractions if the Moth stays cowardly hidden in the pines. August 17th is fast approaching and that means the NE corner of Yellowstone is going to be hard to reach because of road construction. Until then the Lamar, Slough, and Soda Butte will continue to produce consistent action to terrestrials. Cover lots of water, and concentrate when you find a willing participant. They usually hang out in gangs, so if you find one, there should be more. I love August in Yellowstone. The beautiful gold, yellows and oranges of late summer are beginning to show. The click and clack of hoppers fill the air. Every river is begging to be fished and explored. Let the sun soak in and lets go catch a few trout!