Rivers high, but still some fishing to be done.

Yes, there’s a lot of water in all area rivers. Despite that issue, there are still fish to be caught. The Stillwater is alternating daily

Big Ron with a nice Big Horn Rainbow. Ate an orange scud. The fish, not Ron!

Big Ron with a nice Big Horn Rainbow. Ate an orange scud. The fish, not Ron!

between dirty and just off color. Above the Rosebud convergence, the clarity is much better. Wade fishing is tough due to high flows, but fish are being caught on nymphs. Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymphs are producing. There are reports of some March Browns coming off, but pretty sporadically. Rock Creek is about the in the same condition. High and fast, but fair nymphing. The Big Horn at Ft. Smith is rippin’ along, but the fishing is good. It’s all about long leaders and plenty of lead. Be sure to get your fly on the bottom, whatever that takes. Orange scuds and red midge larvae are the big winners.

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Finally, Fishin’ Weather!

Still winter on the Shoshone.

Still winter on the Shoshone.

The cutthroats are eating well, apparently!

The cutthroats are eating well, apparently!

It’s about time! 40 plus degrees on the Shoshone today, and no wind! I got blown off last week by hurricane force winds, I swear! The nymph fishing was good until a plug of mud came down about 3:00. Caught a couple of nice ones on #20 midge larvae, red. No hatch yet, I think the water is still too cold. The usual February baetis and midge hatches never materialized, that I know of. There were a few midges around today, but nothing like the numbers we should be seeing. That will change fast if the weather stays warm. Lots of snow still on the ground, but it was sure melting fast today. Thus the mud in the afternoon.

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Still snowing……

Healthy Start

Healthy Start

Looks like another day with the snow blower instead of the fly rod. I cooked a banana pancake breakfast for Viv and I to ease the pain!

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360 degrees of amazing!

Have you ever seen a 360 degree sunset? The Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River. Like nowhere else on earth. And a nice fish, to boot!

Fat 'Bow on a tiny dry fly. Spring creek fishing on the Clark's Fork.

Fat ‘Bow on a tiny dry fly. Spring creek fishing on the Clark’s Fork.

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Baetis hatching on the Stone

The Yellowstone is throwing a nice Baetis hatch in the afternoon. 3:30 to about 5:00 is prime time, but fish are looking up pretty much all day.

Someone stole the tops of the Crazy Mountains! Nothing like fall on the Stone

Someone stole the tops of the Crazy Mountains! Nothing like fall on the Stone

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Streamer Time!

Area streams and rivers are still somewhat off color, but the streamer fishing has been good everywhere I’ve been. The Clark’s Fork, Rock Creek, the Stillwater and the Yellowstone are all producing fish on the streamer. If you can get at least 18 inches of visibility, you can catch fish on the black wooly bugger. Black streamers of all kinds will usually produce in water that is less than clear. Sunday on the Yellowstone, the weather was spectacular. Trees are changing color, the sky was a beautiful Montana blue, and the fresh snow on the Crazy Mountains was the icing on the cake. Catching some nice trout was a bonus! I made Gordy and Chaz pitch lead and big bugs all day long. They were troopers. The whining was minimal and I didn’t get hit in the head, so fun was had by all. (Chaz hit himself in the head a couple of times, though.)

Nice  'bow and spectacular weather!

Nice ‘bow and spectacular weather!

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Seize the Day

Big and brown, both the water and the fish!

Big and brown, both the water and the fish!

We have a window of a couple of days to fish before more rain comes. Even though the Stillwater is at record flow for this time of year, the steamer fishing is great! Think post run-off tactics, big yuk bugs, wooly buggers, etc. If you’re tired of watching Oprah, ignore the fishing pundits and just go do it!

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All Blown Out

The heavy rains have rendered all area streams unfishable. Rock Creek and the Clark’s Fork are dropping rapidly, so they may fish in a couple of days. The Stillwater and the Yellowstone are chocolaty delicious. Probably be that way for at least a couple of days or more. The weather man calls for more rain Wednesday. May have to go fish the lakes on the Beartooth Pass!

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Still Floating the Stillwater in September!

Don’t listen to the pundits! The Stillwater is still floatable (barely) and the fishing is great! There are PMD’s in the morning, good nymphing all day, and good streamer fishing in the late afternoon. The Yellowstone has cooled off some, going to fish it today. Stay tuned!IMG_0908

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Small Stream Fishing is “Cool”!

Brookies love a parachute hopper!

Brookies love a parachute hopper!

This brookie is the king of his hole. Trophy proportions in an 8 inch fish!

This brookie is the king of his hole. Trophy proportions in an 8 inch fish!

The West Fork of Rock Creek

The West Fork of Rock Creek

With the continued hot weather down country, I’ve been sampling the small streams around Red Lodge. Rock Creek and it’s tributaries offer cooler air and water temperatures. Brookies and rainbows are ready and willing to eat a hopper anywhere you get a drag free drift. No eddy is too small to hold a fish or two, so drop a fly behind every rock!

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