Post Thanksgiving Bliss on the Bighorn River

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Head Guide Josh Duchateau on the Bighorn River Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s hard to believe that I just scraped ice off my windshield and stomped snow off of my boots coming in the door, considering that just four days ago I got a sunburn on the river. Spent two amazing days post Thanksgiving fishing the Bighorn River with Josh. It’s always good to take a trip – I caught fish, I watched other people catch fish, then I caught a few more fish. Had good company to enjoy a few left overs with and stayed up way too late before getting up way too early to fish. My fading sunburn and memories of those days will get me through till temperatures rise. Inevitably once again I will find myself amongst great friends, flowing waters, and hopefully a few leaping trout.

Brady Hughes
Firehole Ranch Guide

A Very “Hot” Fishing Report, July 1

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1st, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Record heat across some parts of Montana has brought temperatures into the 90′s around the greater Yellowstone region, a rarity at 6500 feet. The hot weather, equals the heat of the fishing options in the area as well. The Salmonfly craze is in full swing, with the big bugs making their annual appearance on the Madison, Gallatin, and Yellowstone rivers simultaneously. On the coattails of the salmonfly are the rest of the “bugs of summer”, including, but not limited to; Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, big caddis, little caddis, medium caddis, yellow sallies, and goldenstones. As is often the case, despite what seems logical given the sheer size of the salmonfly, trout sometimes prefer the more numerous and smaller bugs that are present concurrently with the salmonfly. Yet the lure of the salmonfly is sometimes too strong for some of the bigger residents of our local trout rivers. So where are the salmonflies; well they are slightly above Palisades on the Madison, around Yankee Jim on the Yellowstone, and quickly approaching Big Sky on the Gallatin. However; we are far enough along with this hatch, that fishing behind, in the middle of, and ahead of the hatch, are all effective strategies at this point.

The Henrys Fork continues to fish very well with a plethora of bugs emerging in the Ranch water, including the Brown Drake in the slower sections around Millionaires and Osbourne. The Box shows its consistent strength with good nymphing with smaller beadheads. The lower river around Warm River to Ashton remains a good bet as well with the higher flows presently.

High water temperatures means the Firehole and Madison in the Park ought to be avoided. Give the fish a break, and try the colder streamin the north east corner and Gardner river. Drakes and goldenstones are present on all of them. Make sure to have some bug spray with you!

Good Luck and Jumping Fish
Rowan Nyman
Senior Firehole Ranch Guide and Photographer at www.fishonphoto.com

Rowan’s Fishing Report as of June 18

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Fly Fishing on the Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park

One of the great things about flyfishing in Montana is how quickly things change. The challenge for fisherman in this area is being able to anticipate change and understand how it might affect the tremendous diversity of fishable water that this area offers.  With that being said, expect some quick changes in the next few days as we ease out of run-off conditions and hit the summer wave train full force.  I have been spending most of my time on the Henry’s Fork from the Box Canyon to St. Anthony. The entire river is in prime shape with a plethora of bugs to keep both fish and fisherman quite content. Green Drakes and Goldenstones in the lower river keep the big fish tuned to the surface, but don’t overlook PMD spinners and emerging caddis.   The Firehole has slowly been warming up way to soon. But spinner falls in the morning and caddis in the evening can be quite entertaining.   More to come soon, as things change and get fired up for our summer ride!!!

Loving Life in Paradise!

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Josh Duchateau, Jake and another gorgeous brown trout

There’s something about a boy, a dog and a fish.  Every time I post a photo like this on our Facebook page it generates a huge response!  After all, what a perfect way to spend a day – on the water, fly rod in hand, dog at your side, enjoying another perfect day in paradise.  This photo of Josh and Brady’s dog Jake was taken on the Madison River between Quake and Hebgen Lakes.  The fishing there has been phenomenal this spring!  Be sure to check out the Firehole Ranch Facebook page for many more photos throughout the year.

Switching Gears as we head into Summer!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Guide Brady Hughes with a beautiful rainbow on Hebgen Lake.

Not only are the seasons currently changing, but the Firehole Ranch staff is also currently switching gears as well. We are packing and moving all of our belongings from our diverse winter dwellings to the Ranch for the summer. The staff as a whole is constantly changing gears on a day to day or even hour to hour basis. The maintenance crew is washing dishes. The kitchen crew is painting. The guide crew is repairing docks. The housekeepers are planting flowers. The wrangler is housekeeping. The servers are painting. There is always a lot of painting to be done. And the office crew is filling in everywhere else they can. Although our job descriptions are defined in writing, it should really just say “miscellaneous”.

As I said, some of our guide staff is doing maintenance on the docks. To some this might not sound like a terrible situation. We get to work outside down by the lake in a beautiful scenic environment, but to Brady and I this couldn’t be a more painful scenario. The work is hard, but more importantly, we have to watch fish slurp down midges all day while we work. Not all bad though, we do have a little window in the evening to redeem lost time on the water.

Josh Duchateau
Head Guide and MT Outfitter