Yellowstone River 6/21
Update on Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone Is Fishing
The Yellowstone is fishing again. After what seemed like a pretty long while, everything is good once again. It was just a few days ago that it really started to clear up and fish well. The caddis and PMDs are starting to really pop, and the salmonflies are out in full force. The big bugs are the big news over here, and they are moving up river at a rapid pace. Like everywhere else this year, they won't be around too long!
If nothing is happening on top then nymphing and streamer fishing is really good. Ladd got his clients onto this nice brown with sparkle minnows and McCune's sculpins dead drifted under a strike indicator:
Salmonfly season is upon us here in the Greater Yellowstone area. The shop has been buzzing with anticipation for quite some time now. Hero stories of trout eating big dryflies with reckless abandon on the local waters have finally started to be the main topic of conversation. It’s very exciting, but as a shop guy in the middle of his nine-day workweek, it can make you start to go crazy. I knew I wasn’t going to survive another day in the shop without getting out myself for at least a couple hours.
Happy Father's Day
The fishing is just rocking right now in Montana. Hope everyone gets after them this weekend and to make it easier for you MT FWP is offering a free fishing this weekend. That means anybody in Montana can fish without purchasing a fishing license on Saturday and Sunday as a Father's Day gift! Pretty cool chance to get out and spend some time with Dad on the water.
There is nothing quite like a morning on the river in Montana. Patrick recently spent a couple days fishing the Upper Madison, including spending a night out under the stars. He woke up to this one morning:
Kid's Camp Starting Soon
Do you have kids that want to learn to fish? We have the perfect option for you: The Bozeman Angler Summer Kid's Camp. This camp is designed to teach kids how to fish in a fun and no pressure kind of way. They will learn the basics of fly fishing including:
-Tying a Fly
-Fighting and Playing Fish
Salmonfly season is upon us! The West side and the Big Hole have had great hatches this year and now it's our turn. Reports have been coming in of people seeing a couple here and there on the Madison but they haven't really popped in any great numbers yet. With conditions being what they are, it won't be long now. As in, it could be today. Or tomorrow. Or really any day next week. Stay tuned for the latest...
Need to stock up on some patterns? Come check out our selection of flies. We've got dries, nymphs, everything you possibly might need. You don't want to be caught without the flies you need when the big bugs are hatching. This hatch is one of those that anglers all over the world look forward to and it pays to be ready for it.
Keep an eye on our blog, fishing reports, and Facebook page to stay on top of the latest on the hatch and where the bugs are! Call the shop at 406-587-9111 for the latest info.
Salmonfly Celebration Tonight!
If you're in the Bozeman area tonight you should come on down to The Baxter Hotel for a Salmonfly Celebration! This event is being hosted by flyfishingreports.com, and is a great way to socialize and enjoy one of the biggest and best hatches of the year. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited chapter so you know your money is going to a good cause.
There will be $10 bottomless pint glasses, raffles, and a salmonfly dry fly tying competition. The event starts at 7pm and will go till roughly around 9. It's sure to be a good time and a good party, so come on down and enjoy!
See you there!
Pic of the Day: Sneaky Sneaky
Sometimes you have to resort to being a little sneaky to catch fish. Sometimes even when you do that they won't eat. In this picture, shop guy Ethan Markie uses a boulder as cover to cast to rising trout on the Upper Madison.
Take a hike
Took a hike up Palisade Falls the other day and did some creek fishing on the way back along Hyalite. The creek was loaded with feisty bows and brookies that took the smaller sz. 18 attractor patterns really well. Got a few on the tungsten sure strike nymph in the faster pocket water stretches czech nymphing as well. A great work out for my little fiberglass 3wt. this spot is so incredible to be within reach of Bozeman.