The fishing has been seriously awesome the last week. Tons of great dry fly action and some real nice big fish falling prey to furry imitations. The Yellowstone is fishing great and full of healthy trout. Get to the dang river man!
YELLOWSTONE RIVER: 5,900cfs
Fantastic dry fly hatches on the stone have included but not limited to PMDs, yellow sallies, green drakes, nocturnal stones, and a few different species of caddis. The adult and emerger forms of all these bugs have had many fish coming to the surface. Attractor patterns have been fabulous as well. Streamers and nymphs will have tons of whitefish and th chance to bump into a large trout.
dries: PMD film critic, Para PMD, tilt-wing PMD, Purple haze, never sink trude, blooms caddis tan, barely kickin stone, purple chubby chernobyl, yellow stimulator, purple teaser, never sink sally, low rider sally
nymphs: double bead stone, red copper john, blue spanker, silver lil spanker, olive soft hackle, hares ear, iron sally, tungsten yellow sally, military may pmd, hotwire may amber, batman blue
Streamers:Olive and white zonkers, JJ's special, olive buggers, dream catcher, Screamers black and badger, new school muddler, bow river bugger, dream catcher
GALLATIN RIVER: 1,080cfs
Nice and green the Galllatin has been offering some fantastic fishing lately. Fish are staged more in the riffles and summer time lies. At the top of runs and cooler moving water. Some real nice caddis in the afternoons and PMDs early and late in the day with attractor patterns being the ticket midday for dry action.
dries: never sink trude- red, H & L variant, 409 brown, JC's special, royal PMX, chubby chernobyl-gold, X caddis, brown elk hair, para adams, sparkle dun, comparadun, PMD film critic, PMD floating nymph
nymphs: rubberlegs, muskrat golden,rock n roller stone, iron sally, lime copper john, twisted wire ginger, olive soft hackle, pearl soft hackle, blue spanker, silver spanker, san juan, double bead stone
streamers: olive zonker, buggers, new school muddler, flesh eating sculpin, sculpzilla, bow river bugger
UPPER MADISON: 1,210cfs
The upper has been fishing very well lately with gin clear water that is getting skinny in parts making it easier from a raft if your not interested in painting some rocks with the hard boat. Great PMD hatches keep fish rising through the morning to adults and emergers. The big golden stone is a great option as is some beetles and ants. Hang a blue spanker or smaller bead head off the back of a foamy stonfly dry and hold onto your rod.
dries: never sink sally, never sink trude, JC special, blooms para caddis olive, elk hair brown, purple teaser, PMD squeezer, fastwater caddis, film critic PMD, chubby chernobyl purple, red, and gold, barely kickin stone, para Adams, royal PMX
nymphs: rock n roller stone, PT spanker, blue spanker, iron sally, tungsten yellow sally, olive soft hackle, mangy caddis, harrops olive soft hackle, primetime pupa, red copper john, sex fly, crackback PMD
streamers: bow river buggers, zonkers, dream catchers, screamers, JJs special, sparkle minnow
LOWER MADISON: 1,670cfs
The lower is open again to fishing but entering that real warm part of the year where water temps are in the 70s making the trout sluggish. The fishing is decent there real early or late in the day but a little to early for grasshoppers.
flies: JJs special, sculpzilla, bow river bugger, zonkers, lightning bug, sparkle caddis, lil spanker PT, yellow stimulator, para Adams
MISSOURI RIVER: 4,200cfs
Some fantastic dry fly action and some fantastic wet fly action on the MO right now. The pods of fish going after PMD adults and emergers are in full swing and it's a blast. Plenty of caddis flies and some yellow sallies as well. Clear cool water and a great option to fish.
flies: Sparkle dun, sulphur dun, Para Adams, film critic PMD, Para PMD, tilt wing PMD, bloom's caddis, elk hair caddis, purple caddis, micro may, red headed stepchild, bloom's soft hackle brown, lil spanker PT, lightning bug, zebra midge, ray charles, primetime pupa, copper john, hunch back scud, sow bug, sculpzilla, mini-loop, zonkers, sparkle minnow, crayfish
THE BIG HOLE: 650cfs
Fishing has been great up top with golden stones and yellow sallies on the Big Hole through out the day. Dry droppper seems to be the most productive method with a bunch of big classic streamer eating browns. The water is getting a little skinny up high but healthy enough th get through below divide.
dries: chubby chernobyl, yellow stimulator, royal PMX, elk hair caddis-brown, para drake, never sink sally, low rider sally, film critic, never sink trude, royal wulff
nymphs: tungsten yellow sally, iron sally, red copper john, rubberlegs, rock n roller stone, double bead stone, PT spanker
streamers: JJ's special, sparkle minnow, zonkers, dream catcher, silveys sculpin, sculpzilla