As we fish our way through October, I want to say our season is coming to an end. LOL for us that have worked our way through this season we are just getting started and find ourselves running down to our favorite stream or lake to get every minute of fishing in before the snow starts falling and winter sets in. Get out and enjoy the fall fishing, its the best time of the year to catch the big ones. Here is our fishing report for this week.
.Box Canyon: The Box is still fishing good. Flows remain steady and good for the wading fishermen. The flies haven't changed, I would have the usual #16 and #18 zebra midges in brown, black or red under a rubber legs or prince nymph. Streamers are also real fun in the fall to get those monster eats. I would have an assortment of colors.
Madison River: If your still looking to fish dry flies, we would suggest small Pseudos patterns such as a Parachute Adams or a BWO Cripple, However, nymphs are still producing the best #18 - 20 Zebra midges in red black and brown, BWO emergers, $3 Dips, Prince nymphs and Rubber legs. Streamers have been on and off for those of you dedicated put in your time and you will be successful. Try going smaller and thinner in olive, white or sparkle.
Yellowstone National Park: The park continues to fish great this past week. We have been fishing the Madison and Firehole and have had good days on both. To catch the runners on the Madison, nymphing and streamers are working best but we also have seen a few fish rising to small baetis on the surface. On the Firehole, swinging soft hackles is good and the dry fly fishing has been excellent using Blue wings or White millers. The North East corner has been on and off again to go along with the weather. Call the shop for up to date reports. Flies to have handy for the park. Rubber legs in #6 -8, Princes #6-8, Ram Caddis nymphs, Zebra midges #16 - 18, Soft hackles in pheasant and hares ear, Para BWO in #18-20 and White Miller Caddis in #14.
Henry's Lake: Henry's Lake is producing some very nice fish. The fish have moved into the shallows around the lake and reports of big fish being caught are coming in daily. We have been hitting the lake the last few days after work and doing very well using Electric Black, Canadians and Canadian Red leaches, Christmas leaches and beadhead flash mitty mouse. For the indicator anglers chronomids have also been doing well.
Hebgen Lake: Its still fishing near the tributaries that flow into the lake. Leaches and streamers in various colors have been getting the job done for us. Grab your streamer box and head over for the big ones.
We are running our fall clearance sale here at the shop. Save big on Rod reel packages, waders, wading coats and lots of other specials. Stop on in and we will be happy to help you out with all your fishing needs. Also we are going to winter hours in the shop 9 to 5 Wednesday through Sunday beginning October 15th.
Well Fall is here and the best fishing of the season is upon us. Friends always ask me why I don't hunt all that much anymore, and its because the fall fishing is so dang good! Here is our fishing report for this week.
Box Canyon: The flows have been holding pretty steady the past few days, and currently at 636 cfs. The best fishing has been with nymphs and streamers. Fly suggestions are Rubber legs in black or brown, Zebra midges in red or brown, Mylar prince and Sparkle PT's . If you want to fish a dry, we would run a hopper dropper rig with a Zebra midge or other small nymph for the dropper. Streamers in assorted colors in black, olive or sparkle has been the colors that are working.
Madison River: Up between the lake was very good for us throwing streamers right above Quake lake. The Baetis hatches have started if you want to fish on the surface. Nymphing will continue to be solid using small Baetis nymphs and Zebra midges.
Yellowstone National Park: The park continues to get better every day with the current storms we have been having this past week. The Madison has seen more runners coming up from the lake and throwing streamers or nymphing has been the way to catch them. Rubber legs or Prince nymphs for your top nymph followed by a zebra, dip or other small mayfly will work. The Firehole is on fire! It's been silly this past week. If you want to have a great day fishing dry flies, the Firehole is for you. White millers, Baetis and swinging Soft Hackles in olive, hares ear or pheasant colors will keep the fish biting. The Lamar river and Soda Butte are question marks at this point because of the storms and blowing out the rivers. Hopefully if we can get a few rain free days they will clear up.
Henry's lake: With the colder weather, we are seeing fish starting to move back into the shallows. Electric black, RC's, Halloween and Canadian red leeches are the colors to have on. Stop into the shop for a daily report.
Hebgen lake: We have heard rumors of fish stacking up near the tributaries preparing for the fall spawn. The Madison, Grayling and the South fork arms have been producing big numbers of fish. Leeches and streamers have been getting fish to the net.
Still running our fall specials on Echro rod / reel packages. Stop in and try a few rods and pick the combo that feels best to you and save some big money. We are also running 20% off all womens wading coats. Stop into the shop and we will be happy to help you with all your fishing needs.
Until next week, Live Long and Fish Hard
-It's been a busy week at the fly shop, our guide trips and at the lodge. We had a-great turn out for our tying night with our own Bob Swenson and we will keep you all in the loop on when our next river clinic or tying night will be next. Here is our fishing report for this week.
Box Canyon: The flows as of today are right around 850 and should remain pretty close to that for the foreseeable future. We floated the box this past week and the standard double nymph rig with a Black rubber legs / Zebra Midge or other mayfly pattern worked best up high while fishing a Golden Stone / Zebra midge dropper worked best in the lower section. Also be on the look out for PMD's, Caddis and a left over March brown or two.
Lower Henry's Fork: The lower river is a bug buffet for the fish. We have seen great hatches of PMD's, Green and Grey Drakes, and a few flavs. We floated Warm River to Ashton and also saw a lot of Caddis and Golden Stones. Running a Foam Golden stone with a Zebra Midge or mayfly dropper worked well ramp to ramp. If your between hatches, the double nymph rig will keep you in the fish.
Madison River: Still off color but its fishing. Double nymph rigs using a Rubber legs and small nymphs are getting the job done. Streamer action has been good as well. Looking forward to the big bugs here in the next week or two.
Yellowstone National Park: The Firehole has been lights out good this week. White Millers, Caddis and Swinging Pheasant or Hares Ear soft Hackles. The Madison is still a little high and off color but still fishable. Double Nymph rigs using large Rubber legs or Prince nymphs and size up the smaller nymph as well. White millers and even a few Salmon Flies around on the Madison as well.
Henrys Lake: Henry"s has been hit and miss this week. Slow stripping a size 14 Pheasant Tail, Mitty Mouse or a HL Renagade. Hot spots are Staley's, Pintail point and we got a few tugs over by the cliffs.
Hebgen Lake: The North shore is still doing good for the fishermen. Black and Brown leaches are still the best bets. Still seeing a few midges on top and cant wait for the Calabeatis Trico's to get here.
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