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July 18, 2024

Heat Wave

Turns out the Farmer’s Almanac has been right – we have had a hot, dry summer so far in July. To beat the heat, the shop is now open 6:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday and 7:00AM to 5:00PM on weekends. There are no hoot-owl restrictions on the Yellowstone, although there are some on other…

July 2, 2024

Clarity Report

Clarity looks good and green at Joe Brown, (just below the Yankee Jim canyon). We were worried the Park may have been nailed by the same heavy rain we got in Livingston, but the CFS spike on the Lamar wasn’t very big. At least for now the coast looks clear. CFS at Carter’s bridge in…

June 27, 2024

Salmonfly Fever

Salmonflies have popped! The past few days we have been flipping rocks and finding a lot of salmonfly nymphs on the edges of the Yellowstone. As of Yesterday, (6/26) we are starting to see a lot of these emerge into dries. To find the big bugs you’ll want to float anywhere in between Gardiner and…

June 20, 2024

Yellowstone is Dropping Fast

The Yellowstone has been dropping quickly the past few days… CFS @ Carter’s Bridge is already down to roughly 10,100 – although we expect a small bump after the latest snow melts. People have been floating the past few days, although we haven’t talked to anyone who has reported back yet. Most likely Salmonflies have…

June 7, 2024

Runoff Report

The Yellowstone has been raging the past few days with lots of cottonwoods floating down the river. Reports in the news say 8 people were rescued after their raft got stuck on a tree on June 4th. It has also been very muddy and not fishable. We expect to be back on the river the…

May 27, 2024

Sneak Window on the Stone

We have a surprise window of opportunity on the Yellowstone. The CFS dropped significantly, albeit back on the rise a bit today. The clarity looks good for streamers and it might be worth getting out there today for a Memorial Day float. We expect this window to close quickly however with the warmer temps on…

May 15, 2024

Thar she blows!

For all practical purposes the Yellowstone has now entered the stage for full spring runoff. With temps in the high 60’s and 70’s this week (and a little projected rain) we’ll be looking to fish the Spring Creeks, tailwaters, and lakes for a while. If you do choose to float be sure to check behind…

May 13, 2024

Caddis and Clarity Report

Clarity today (5/13 6:30AM) Some good news bad news. Good news is there are a lot more caddis this year than we saw last year (hundreds of thousands) so it seems as tho the caddis have recovered well from after the flood. Last weeks snow storm, while trapping people on Bozeman pass for over 12…

April 11, 2024

Spring Fishing

Brooke Bickhaus and Guy Thomas with a birthday bow! Photo: Gage Griffen Spring has been coming and going here in Montana. The good news from the rain and snow is that snowpack is currently up to 79% on the upper Yellowstone. The rainy/cloudy days have also been great for the dry fly bite (*depending on…

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