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Bud Lilly's Trout Shop

P.O. Box 530
West Yellowstone,
MT 59758

Email: info@budlillys.com
Phone: 406-646-7801
Fax: 406-646-9370

Bud Lilly's West Yellowstone Area Fishing Report

Date: September 2, 2016


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General Info

Labor Day weekend is upon us and we are definitely going to see Fall temps starting tomorrow. Look for highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s and lows around freezing starting Monday. Bring your long johns!

Smoke has been an issue here at night and early morning as an inversion pushes the smoke out of the Park and in to town. Usually clears mid morning when the SW prevaling winds pick up. There are several burning in the Park, the closest is the Maple Fire, approx 3 1/2 miles from town along the Madison. The fire crews have been working on fuel reductions and fire suppression and the weather forcast is favorable. Get updates here http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ . Once on the site go to upper right corner and drop down Wyoming in the state box - that will take you to the Park fires.

Madison River

Flows at Hebgen dam - now up a bit 1040 cfs, 1130cfs at Kirby and 1110 cfs at Varney. With the cooler weather coming you should have some decent dry fly action but maybe starting a little later. Streamers will be the early morning option. Hoppers, ants and beetles are the main staples - hopper dropper combos work as well. Look for BWOs if the weather gets a little nasty.

Golden Chubby, Olive Tubby, Morrish Hopper, Stream Bank Robber in Yellow or Peach, Deer Hair Ant, CFO sparkle ant, Purple Haze 14-16, Royal Wulff 14-18, BH Crystal Dips, Zebra Midge, Spring Creek Geeks, Tung Bruised BWO, Black Copper John. Tilt Wing BWO 16-18, Para Quill BWO 16-20.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin is fishing well from the Park to Bozeman. No rain makes the Taylor Fork viable. Hoppers and ants and still some spruce moths.

Jake's Richter Spruce 12, Twisted Sister 12, Koichi Snowshoe Moth 12, Grand Hopper 10-16, Dave's Hopper 10- 12, Stream Bank Robber Peach 14, Honey Ant, Para Sparkle Ant 16-18, CDC Caddis Emerger Olive 14-18, Henryville Caddis 12-16, Yuba Caddis Emerger.


Hebgen – almost at 87% full - getting tougher to drop a boat in with out using one of the deeper Boat ramps. Gulpers have been good but cooler weather will probably start to slow them down. Scattered Callibaetis until the wind gets up around 11:00 AM. Smoke from the Maple Fire makes it kind of erie out there. Tricos are working earlier.

Poxyback Calibaetis 14, FB PT 14-16, Tilt Wing CB 14, Challenged Callibaetis 14-16, CB Thorax 14-16, Quigley Film Critic 14-16, Para CB Spinner 14-16. Para Quill Trico 18.

Quake Lake - same as Hebgen

Henry's Lake – should pick up again as things cool down.

Yellowstone Park

Permit fees stayed the same this year - $18 for 3 Day, $25 for 7 Day and $40 for the Season.

Road Construction between Norris and Mammoth continues this year expect 30 minute delays. Road will be closed from September 11 to October 7 24/7 while they finish up the project.

The Bufallo fire is North and West of Slough Creek and was moving towards the campground, so they have closed all access to Slough Creek.

Firehole should start fishing this coming week with the cooler temps - Miller Caddis, Soft Hackles and BWOs. The Madison is open from Cardiac Hill to Baker's Hole. Upstream from Cardiac the Madison is closed with limited access until you get past 7 Mile Bridge. The Barns Pool road access and river is currently closed.

The Upper Yellowstone is still producing although many of the fish have returned to the Lake.

Lamar and Soda Butte are fishing well - drakes, terrestrials and caddis. With cooler weather look for some BWOs to start hatching. Ants, beetles and small hoppers.

Gray Drake Cripple, Para Quill Gray Drake 12, Clear wing Gray Drake 12, CFO Mini Ant 12, Purple Sparkle Ant 12, CDC Honey Ant 14, Krystal leg beetle, Para Hopper 12-14, HOH Olive Spring Creek Hopper 14, Baby Grand Hopper 14-16, Stream Bank Robber 14 Flesh. Tilt Wing BWO, Sparkle Dun BWO 16-20.

Yellowstone Lake Purple Showgirl, Black leech, Black BH Bugger.

Henry's Fork

The Box is now at 600 cfs - IP Reservoir is down to 16% look for maybe a week or so before they shut her down. Best bet would be a rubberleg with Zebra Midge dropper with lots of weight.

Last Chance and Ranch - Still producing until flows are shut down. Look for Tricos first thing in the morning the Honey ants, small hoppers and beetles.

CDC Biot Trico Spinner, CDC Para Quill Trico, CDC Honey ant 14, CDC Water Wasp 14, Flying Ant 14-16, Para Sparkle Ant 16 -18, HOH Olive Spring Creek Hopper 14.

Warm River to Ashton is still a Hopper droppers float.

Para Hopper 10-14, Stream Bank Robber 14, CFO Flamer Hopper 10 Yellow, Dave's Hopper 10-14, Golden Chubby, Olive Tubby 12, CFO Tan Mini Ant 12, Black Copper John, Black Lightning Bugs.

Other Info
SAGE HAS DISCONTINUED THE SAGE ONE AND CIRCA - these are ON SALE NOW at $599 and only a few left. In 4, 5 and 6 wt.

We've also started a Fall Storewide Clearance Sale 20-80% off most clothes - Simms, Exo, Columbia, select waders and boots - if you're in the area stop in or give us a call - too much to get on the web site! ----------------------------------------------------------------------

These items can be ordered from our On-Line Shopping at www.budlillys.com - or you can always call in an order 800-854-9559.

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P.O. Box 530 - 39 Madison Avenue West Yellowstone, MT 59758
TEL: 406-646-7801   -   FAX: 406-646-9370
Email: budlillys@qwestoffice.net
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Permitted in Custer Gallatin and Caribou-Targhee National Forests and Yellowstone National Park

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