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Check current streamflow conditions for:
Montana or Idaho

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: August 27, 2015


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General Info

Sorry for the long space between reports - been fighting a Summer cold and haven't fished or felt much like reporting. Hard to believe it's already the end of August still a few warm days left before the low 70s high 60s of September start showing up. Terrestrials are still the main ticket although it hasn't been a great hopper year again.

If you want to check water temps for many rivers in the area go to our web site www.budlillys.com and click on the stream flow for Montana or Idaho at the top of the page.

Madison River

Flow at the dam is staying steady at 890 cfs - Kirby is 982 and Varney is at 1000. Reports from the work at the dam supposed to be complete within the next two weeks - but the last word I heard was they were going to delay the switch over until November so they don't shock the fish with colder water from the bottom of the lake - had a couple of differing reports so nothing hard and fast yet on the change over.

Still hoppers, ants and beetles for the most part and attractors like Royal Wulffs and Trudes. Spruce Moths are still around in the piney areas.

BH Prince 10-14, Zebra Midge 16-18, BH Mangy Caddis, RAM Caddis 12-14, Furmanski Flutter Caddis 12, Jakes Richter Spruce Moth, Missing Link Caddis 14, Sexy Sally 14. Dave's Hopper 10-14, Para Hopper 10-14, Stream Bank Robber Flesh 14, Deer Hair Ant 12, Royal Wulff 10-16, CFO Mini Ant.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin is clear all the way to Bozeman - Spruce Moths, ants and hoppers

Twisted Sister Tan 12, Richter Spruce moth 12, CFO Tan mini ant, Tubby Olive 12, Para Hopper 10-14


Hebgen – 93% full. Buggers, leeches and cray fish patterns if fishing from shore. Gulper fishing has been good especially on the west side of the lake. Challenged Callibaetis 14, Film Critic 14-16, HOH CB Para Spinner 14, Jakes Hebgen Spinner 14- 16, Poxyback CB Nymph 14, CDC Biot Thorax Tricos 18, CDC Trico Para Spinners.

Quake Lake - same as Hebgen

Henry's Lake – fish are stacking up in front of the creek mouths getting some cooler water.

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 as well as bridge work at Craig Pass (Old Faithful to Lake) 30 minute delays.

Firehole is starting to cool a bit but I'd still give it another week or two.

We've had a few reports of some bigger fish being taken in the Barns pools and Beaver Meadow but still a bit early.

The Gardner - Small hoppers, Stims, Royal Wulff.

Soda Butte, Lamar and Slough have fished well but really crowded. Green and gray drakes, PMDs ants, beetles and hoppers.

The upper Yellowstone above the falls continues to provide some action to the patient angler - Pink Albert, PMDs and small hoppers - try above and below Lehardy rapids.

Yellowstone Lake - Purple Showgirl, Black leech, Black BH Bugger Look for Callibaetis around Gull Point.

Henry's Fork

Flows at the Box around 750 cfs - supposed to hold at that level or a little less until around the first week or so in September. Good reports from the Ranch - spinners and PMDs in the AM - ants, beetles and smaller hoppers in the afternoons. Getting a little weedy though so if you get a take, you'll probably lose it - going to give it a try in the next couple of days.

Challenged PMD 16-20, Batwing PMD Emerger, HOH PMD Para Spinner 14, HOH Rusty Spinner 14, Honey Ant, Crystal ant, small hoppers to the bank, CDC Trico Para Spinners 18.

Warm River to Ashton - Hopper dropper combos

Other Info

New Products are starting to arrive: New gear from Fishpond, Simms,, The New Douglas Fly Rods, Abel's new sealed drag reel and latest tools and zingers and Lots of new fly patterns in as well - these will be added to the web site as time permits. 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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