Yellowstone River Update
One of the rivers in the area that we have been asked most about in the past few weeks is the Yellowstone. It certainly has the reputation and it lives up to it's name most days. In the past two weeks it has gone from high and super dirty to clear and fishing really well. Like all the rivers in the Bozeman area it has been dropping pretty steadily every day, it hasn't stabilized yet. This steep drop of flows isn't really great for the fish, as they are constantly being forced to find new homes and cover. Once the flows are level for a couple days they'll feel more at home.
The Salmonfly hatch is pretty much over this year, but you still might find a few big bugs crawling around the willows and bushes along the banks from Yankee Jim upstream. Going up into the Park could be a really good option if you want to throw big dries to hungry fish. Right on the tail of the Salmonflies are the Golden Stones, and there were a lot on the water last week up high.
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:
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.
High Water Brown Trout
We have had a lot of customers somewhat concerned about the high water our local rivers are experiencing. While this does put a damper on fishing on places like the Gallatin and the Yellowstone, high water doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t fish at all. The Madison system has been really great lately, even with the high water.
Guide Ladd Hogue has been crushing it on the Lower Madison, even with the high water. Here are a couple of his clients from the past week:
Fishing the Lakes
With the current runoff situation, lots of anglers are headed to the still water fisheries around town. We are lucky to have a pretty good one reasonably close: Hyalite Reservoir. The reservoir not only holds Bozeman’s water supply, but has good populations of Yellowstone Cutthroat, brook trout, and grayling. Hyalite Creek beneath the dam is one of the most popular small creeks in the Bozeman area as well.
The reservoir gets a lot of pressure, but is large enough that there is plenty of room for everyone. This time of year a lot of people head to the inlet, and it can be one of the more productive spots. But don’t overlook elsewhere on the lake. Submerged islands, shelves, the stream bed, drop-offs, submerged trees… All these places will hold fish.
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New Video: Tying The Perfection Loop
Fly fishing uses a lot of knots. It can be difficult to keep up with them all and learn to tie them well, especially if you're just starting out or haven't done much of your own rigging before. One of the common knots is the Perfection Loop. We use this on the end of leaders, fly lines or butt sections to use the loop to loop connection. This makes changing leaders or sometimes even tippets fast and easy. Watch as shop manager and guide Peter walks you through the knot:
Yellowstone National Park Now Open For Fishing!
Yellowstone National Park opens today for fishing! This place is one that should be on every angler's bucket list. It has more world famous (deservedly so) trout water in it's borders than most places on Earth. There are countless miles of famous rivers, small creeks, and lots of lakes to explore and enjoy.
We now have Park fishing licenses for sale in the shop, so don't delay in coming down to get yours. It's looking like the whole weekend is probably going to be rainy and chilly so make sure you've got the gear and clothing you need to enjoy it. The early season in Yellowstone is pretty awesome. I've had my best BWO days ever on the Firehole in the first couple of weeks after the season opened. Another nice thing is the crowds are quite here yet. Being down there without the crowds makes an already awesome place even better.
Yellowstone National Park Fishing Licenses Now Available
The fishing season for Yellowstone National Park opens this Saturday, May 23. Yellowstone is one of those places that draws people form all over the world. For good reason too. It offers visitors a unique experience that is hard to match anywhere in the world. There is more water than you could legitimately fish in a lifetime, and most of it is pretty overlooked. You have better odds of catching native and wild fish in YNP than most places in the area. The fishing experience here is well worth the time, money and effort to get here.
Park licenses are now available down here at the store. A three day license is $18, a week is $25 and a whole season is $40. If you're a local or plan on visiting even a couple of times the season pass is way to go. Combine that with a yearly Yellowstone license and you're in good shape.
Personally, Yellowstone is one of the places I hold near and dear to my heart. I grew up fishing the Firehole, swinging soft hackles for trout during the Fall Baetis hatches. Many happy days over the years have been spent exploring the various waters of the Park, and I feel like I haven't even really scratched the surface. There is a lifetime's worth of excellent water in Yellowstone. Might as well get started on it now.