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January 10, 2012

Got Knots?

John Bailey (the owner of Dan Bailey’s) was nice enough to lend us his Chatillon tippet testing machine (which probably costs as much as my car) to collect data for an article we are writing for Fly Fisherman.   So far the testing has been going well, we are definitely seeing trends of who’s Fluorocarbon and…

January 6, 2012

G. Loomis Two Handed Rods

Wind (rather than ice) has been the biggest factor keeping people off the river these days.  While the wind helps keep up the fight against ice, a steady 45 mph wind makes rowing a miserable chore at best, and in the worst conditions, a little dangerous.  Unless you really like rolling the dice, wade fishing…

January 4, 2012

Streamer Time

So far 2012 has started off on a great foot.  Normally this time of year we’re not able to fish, but unusually warm weather is keeping the ice away (for now).  Unfortunately, along with the warmer temps there have been some wicked winds.  Streamers have been the name of the game, producing mostly browns but…

December 31, 2011

Battling the Wind…

Although the river is clear from ice and slush, the wind has been ripping as steady 45 mph all week.  Unfortunately there’s not really any way to beat the wind, but there are ways to make it more bearable.  Fishing a stiff switch rod or two-handed rod with a skagit line is one way to…

December 27, 2011

Strange weather forecast this week – 30-40% chance of snow or rain until Friday.  Along with the chance of precipitation is a strong W/SW wind between 34-50 mph, with gusts as high as 75 mph.  We haven’t seen anything that windy yet, and at least in terms of wind, the weather man has been off…

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas…

The Yellowstone has been changing daily.  Pockets of opportunity out there, and if you hit one just right the streamer fishing can actually be really good.  Definitely seeing some midge activity when the wind dies down too.   In general, this winter has been either warm and windy or cold miserable (at least for fishing). …

December 21, 2011

Armstrong’s Spring Creek

If you’re looking for some solid fishing opportunities this winter, the Spring Creeks are hard to beat.  We saw both midges and baetis on the water last weekend, and although rises were sparse we did see a few workable fish.  Unfortunately a lot of the bigger fish are still on redds, but we did see…

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