• PARTNER: PROTECT YOUR WATERS
  • Go To: THE FLIES OF YELLOWSTONE
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FISHING WEATHER
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FLY FISHING MAPS
  • Visit: Moldy Chum
  • Visit: The Horse's Mouth
  • Visit: Chi Wulff
  • Visit: Parks' Fly Shop
  • Saturday, July 31, 2021

    Thinking Fall

     BIG SKY PARADISE

    Hunt, Fish, Play

    it won't last long

    ELK RIDGE RANCH

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    .. Just a short ride down the road, in Beautiful Wilsall. More than 15,000 thousand acres of private deeded land. Three elk herds. Bears, moose, eagles, streams, fish = all right at home.

    .. Room for 800 cattle. Perimeter fence. Close to Bozeman, Livingston, Airports, Yellowstone National Park. Cow camp improvements and barn.

    .. Up for sale this week. Price reduced. Act fast. Call your California friends.

    Check it out (LINK.)

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    Saturday, July 24, 2021

    Fish Early

     WATERS CLOSED IN AFTERNOON

    Heat Plus Drought

    or - just don't !!

    DRY AND HOT AND LOW

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    .. As of today river and stream fishing will be prohibited from 2 p.m. until sunrise. Heat, low water, and fishing pressure has prompted the NPS to restrict fishing and protect our fish.

    See: PARK NEWS RELEASE, (LINK.)

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    Saturday, July 10, 2021

    Long Days

    OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND

    Still Water Or Fast Water

    deep water too

    WALLPAPER: OFF ROAD GALLATIN POOL

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    .. The crowds are still here and cranky. It may be a post lock-down exuberance. Even fly fishers are grumpy. We avoid them like a swarm of mosquitoes.

    SOMETHING YELLOW

    .. On the Gallatin River there is gentility not seen in the rest of the neighborhood. Good catching and good parking seems to be the order of the day - we're surprised. The usual suspects are galling fish and entertaining fishers. It's a simple formula: a few Stoneflies, some Yellow Sallies, the Spruce Moths are starting, and even Ants or Caddis Flies will work. Be a gentleman about your work Get up at the crack of late. Enjoy a lazy breakfast and then cruise the river for a chance at a good parking spot. The bugs start around noon - or so.

    THESE

    .. Hebgen Reservoir offers all day catching opportunities. On those rare still morning the Callabaetis are popping = gulpers galore for the sharp of eye and casting precision. Should the wind show up early, please remember that the bugs are still emerging and the fish are still rising, ( just hard to see and cast with precision.) Move close to the weed beds and fish with a dry and dropper = high rate of success.

    GETS DOWN

    .. The edges of the weeds, or holes in the weed beds will gather up fish below the surface. Leeches, Dark Streamers or Double Nymph rigs with a big and little one will surprise both fish and fisher. Your favorite dark and light nymphs will pair nicely in this situation. The dark on top and the light about 18" below it. Kind of like Crappie or White Bass fishing.

    SOFT HACKLE

    .. Both the Firehole River and the Madison River have been warming up and slowing down. The most successful catchers have gone below with the tried and true Soft Hackles or Stiff Hackles. There are a few deep spots that provide classical rises to emergent  bugs and floatsome. Try to find one early and in the shade. Dodge elbows and be polite. Should you choose to fish for an extended period of time it might be useful to take a flask and a sandwich. Small pocket binoculars are useful for probing the shadows if you are serious. The noses are of the stealth variety.

    .. There are certainly other places that the neighbors are fishing -- but we will hold those for a day or two.
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    WALLPAPER: STEAK 'N' TATER


    Thursday, July 08, 2021

    REALLY ??

     MUST BE SO . . . . 

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    Sunday, July 04, 2021

    FISH NOW

    ENJOY RECORD CROWDS

    Be Kind In Line

    watch your elbows

    ENJOY - CELEBRATE

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    .. Don't rush. Early or late is best. Grab the first parking place you see. Cover lots of water. Fish with a buddy. Fishing is much more important than catching. Eat good grits in moderation. Imbibe sensibly.

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    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    Side Road

     NO FISH HERE

    Fish Going In

    fish going out

    JUST A BIT OF FORGOTTEN MONTANA

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    .. Just a brief note: it's nuts in the park. Post pandemic visitation has brought out the crazy folks. Just a reminder: Yellowstone National Park is not a petting zoo and you do not need to stop and admire every ground squirrel, (live or dead.)

    .. Bring your "A" game and cover lots of water, The fish are there and surprisingly active. Some are even looking up early in the day.

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