Archive for August, 2010

Chill of an early Fall?

Posted in Fishing on August 30th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Folks,

39 degrees right now and the low gray clouds are clinging to the surrounding mountains so characteristically of Autumn. Is summer over? Say it isn’t so, but the signs are everywhere that Fall has rolled into the Yellowstone region. Fresh snow on the Sphinx last week. A little bit of color beginning to light upon the leaves of the aspens. The bugle of a bull elk. Buttery yellow bellies on big, slightly kyped, and overly aggresive brown trout. Are you kidding me! Anyone staying with us now, better have a layer or two of fleece in the morning. The good news is, we have the most glorious Indian Summers around. 70 degree days, blue bird skies, light winds, fall color, and hungry trout.

So what to expect the final 3 weeks. Continued good terrestrial fishing just about everywhere. It has been a solid hopper season, and this action typically goes into the beginning of October. Look for flying ants to increase in importance too, especially on the Madison, Henry’s Fork, and Lamar rivers. The return of Baetis. This small olive colored mayfly has already started to show up in fishable numbers on the Madison and Gallatin. Look for the best activity on the gray and gloomy days, but don’t neglect the importance of nymphs in any weather condition. Green Drakes. Yes I said Green Drakes. Sister species to the more famous Green Drake of summer, this large Mayfly emerges on the rivers of the NE corner of Yellowstone, reminding the natvies that winter is long and you better fatten up for it. Streamers-Ripping the Junk Baybee! Exciting and aggresive action can be the anglers reward for sore casting arms and long days.

I am calling it-it has turned to our fall season and this is my favorite time of the year. There may not be a more special time of the year to be casting a line on our area’s rivers. So hopefully you have booked your fall trip to Yellowstone at the Firehole Ranch.

Let’s go fishing.


August Dreams

Posted in Fishing on August 18th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

It is the middle of August and the “dog days of summer” have set in. If by the dog days you mean that fishing is still going strong and the fish are eating to everyone’s pleasure. From the Madison to the Park and back again to the henry’s Fork, fishing remains strong across the board. The rain and snow of spring have kept the area’s rivers in great shape, running cold, clear and full. We have been hitting the Yellowstone around Gardiner for fantastic dry fly fishing. The name of the game here is Chilly Dawg, Baby! You could even throw double Chilly Dawg if you were feeling particularly greedy. But as the 80’s suggest, greed is good, and when the fish are biting, one must do what one must. The Henry’s Fork continues to produce all day happiness. Rubberlegs, Shop Vacs, and FB Princes are the key here. If you see the thingamabobber  jiggle, set! The Madison is starting to experience a serious hopper bite, Morris hoppers, baby huey’s, and para hoppers are lighting them up. I can’t take it anymore, it is time to hit the rivers.


August 10th-Summer Days

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Hello Everyone,

August seems to be flying by as fast as the rest of the summer has so far. Afternoon thunderstorms are the norm right now, so a little duck and run has been the order of the day on our area’s rivers. In spite of Mother Nature’s best efforts to keep us from her fish, we have found good fishing from the Yellowstone, to the Madison, to the Henry’s Fork. What has been a very pleasant surprise for us this summer has been the very good and consistent fishing in the H-Fork from Warm River to Ashton. This highly overlooked stretch has been producing good fishing for 10-15″ rainbows all summer, and now we are knee deep into hopper season, look for the dry fly fishing to pick-up along side the already good nymph fishing. Speaking of hoppers, the Yellowstone is the King of Hopper Time in this area. Grab a handfull of Chilly Dawgs, Baby Huey’s and Parachute’s and have at it. The Madison is also a strong contender in the hopper department, especially in the float water. Now is the time. Be on the lookout for the honey colored flying ants. These juicy morsels can show up anywhere at anytime and the fish loooooovvvvveeeee them, ice cream for trout! If flying ant are ice cream, then spruce moths have got to be the brownies. Sprucies are showing up in good numbers anywhere there is spruce, fir, or pine trees. These clumsy fliers dive bomb the area’s water and drive the fish into feeding frenzies. Keep your fingers crossed that this action remains good throughout the month. All in all, it is a great time to be fishing in Yellowstone country. We are looking forward to fishing with you.

Tight Lines and Jumping Fish