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Small Streams 6-9-15

Almost every stream not draining high country is in great fishing shape. Teton River drainage is an  exception right now with some west slope run-off coming down.  Also variable flows in the lower Blackfoot River make fishing success just as variable. Almost every other stream is worth a visit, and beginning now for the next several weeks may be the best time of the season for trying these if rainfall becomes less than normal and air temperatures higher than normal.  Get in touch with us to get information on which of these streams are worth visiting at any time.

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South Fork 6-9-15

Flow out of Palisades Dam was bumped up to 10500 cfs early this AM. Right now, mid afternoon, it is up to 11600 cfs. Water temperature there is 49 deg. F. It is 53 in the same degrees at Lorenzo. This warming is one reason why we are seeing golden stonefly nymphs along the lower river.  Might mean adults will fly soon. For now keep trying those rubber leg, yuck bug, golden stone nymph patterns, and your favorite streamers. But with the river warming start looking for PMDs emerging on the lower river.  Looks like dry fly fishing is not far away here, and we will post when it begins to be worthwhile.

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Henry’s Fork 6-06-15

By having the Henry’s Fork running at almost 500 cfs lower flow then normal for this time of year, the hatches are beginning to occur faster from Warm River and down. Pmd’s spinner falls in the morning have been quite successful from about 10 in the morning to about 1 in the after noon. Also, caddis have been prominent in mornings and evenings. Although now with the sighting of Green Drakes, I would make sure to have them along in my box. Additionally, I would also not be afraid to fish a dry dropper with a golden stone and a small nymph. Next, the dry flies I would take are Super Chernobyl Brown size 10, Improved X-Caddis Yellow size 14 and 16, Green Drake Wulff size 10, Harrop’s Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 and 18, and finally a Harrop’s CDC PMD Biot Spinner size 16 and 18. Then for nymphs I would use a Bennet’s Brown Rubber Leg size 8, Copper John Red size 16, and Uv2 Mayfly nymph size 16.

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Yellowstone Park 6-5-15

You can’t beat the Firehole River for good fishing in the Park right now. BWO, PMD, caddis, sally life cycle and soft hackled patterns are the way to go. The Ashton-Flagg Road remains closed beyond Calf Creek Hill, so only skiing will get you into Beula Lake and upper Fall River.  The road also remains closed from the Wyoming (Flagg Ranch) side.  Lewis Lake shoreline is producing some browns to those folks wading to presenting streamer patterns (be sure to have some featuring yellow) on sinking lines, and the same is happening for juvenile lake trout near Yellowstone Lake shorelines.  We hear these fish, in particular, are great eating baked, battered then fried, or as the major component of a fish chowder!

And remember: we are a Yellowstone Park and Montana fishing license vendor.

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Small Streams 6-5-15

Some of these are really shaping up for good fishing.  Warm River has been good for weeks with cloudy day BWO, PMD, yellow sally, and caddis life cycle patterns. Add Robinson Creek to small streams worth trying. Here small traditional attractors (renegades, various wulffs, irresistables) and nymphs work well. The big stoneflies have gone through, but caddis, sallys and PMDs also make for good fishing. McCoy, Jackknife, and Tincup Creeks are other good bets with traditional attractor and nymph patterns. Some of our great small streams remain closed to protect spawning cutthroat. Consult current regulations to identify these waters.

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South Fork 6-5-15

Nothing new to report here. Same flow rate out of Palisades Dam (10100 cfs) and on to Heise (10600cfs). River is slightly warmer in this section, but the strategies we gave in recent reports still apply. Maybe, just maybe, cloudy PMs could offer more fish interested in BWO activity.  Given all this, the flow out of Palisades Dam will eventually be raised to 12000-13000 cfs making for some changes. We will watch flows, then report when this takes place and its impact on fishing.

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Still Waters 6-5-15

From our reservoirs to the southeast (24-Mile, Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Treasureton) comes word that damselfly activity is getting going. Right now its mostly the nymphs moving, so dry fly action is on the way. No dry fly action yet from either damselflies or speckled duns. For now on all of these reservoirs, break out your intermediate and Type II sinkers to present your favorite damselfly nymph patterns. Prefer presenting with indicators, you say? Use that floating line to hang your favorite damselfly nymph about two feet above the bottom.  Especially at Daniels, doing the same with an indicator and midge pupa pattern still works well, especially at the upper end.

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Henry’s Fork 6-5-15

The Henry’s Fork is currently providing some of the best fishing in the area. Let’s look at what it offers bottom to top. Below Ashton Dam PMDs and caddis life cycle are bringing action, but after the peak stonefly activity came by a few weekends ago, fish are once again looking for the big bugs, and golden stones are satisfying them especially in afternoons. Cloudy PMs bring on the BWOs. It’s the same story from Warm River to Ashton, so go with your favorite BWO, PMD, caddis, and golden stone patterns. But consider that rubber leg patterns have also been effective. Cardiac Canyon offers some great fishing, not just to those folks floating through, but also to those walking in from the Bear Gulch, Mesa Falls, Hatchery Ford, or Riverside points. Add yellow sally patterns to the “what’s effective” bunch discussed above for the Cardiac Canyon section.  The river is lower than normal here making wading a bit less dangerous. Nevertheless, take care. PMDs are coming on at Last Chance to join cloudy day BWOs, caddis, and dwindling March browns. Water coming out of Island Park Dam has been a low but steady flow of around 350 cfs for many days now. This means walk-in wading makes a better choice than dinging up that boat. In some ways this is better for encountering fish currently taking big dry stoneflies: you get more than one chance at them and can spend more time pin-pointing select locations. Further up the river, walking into the Henry’s Lake Outlet on the Flat Ranch Preserve will get you into fish as well as relative solitude. These are mostly cutthroat escapees from Henry’s Lake with a few hybrids mixed in. Remember that these are lake fish, and at first will feed on food forms familiar to them in the lake. So do not overlook leech and streamer patterns. When these fish feed increasingly on what is available in the river, spend more time with PMD and caddis life cycle patterns, and hopefully in two weeks, green drake life cycle patterns. Fish here are not present in huge numbers because a 200-300 cfs flush out of the lake was not performed earlier and flow out of the lake has been around 50 cfs for several weeks.  But there are always some big surprises in the river flowing through this Ranch.

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Henry’s Lake 5-30-15

We heard wild weather impacted opening day fishing here. Lately there has been some success off the cliffs, but let’s see if Ma Nature provides better fishing weather this weekend. Then we may have more information to pass on.

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