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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 30, 2014


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General Info

September was kind of a blurr - but fishing has improved almost daily with the change in weather. Some showers today then getting nice again with highs in the 60s. The Browns (and Rainbows) are on the move and getting territorial. So are the fishermen! Take a deep breath and give everyone some space. This will be the final report of the season - gotta chase some birds!

Madison River

Flow at Hebgen is 1010 cfs, Kirby Place flow is 1210 cfs and 1750 cfs at Varney - up from all the rain the past few days.. Still some ants around but best to go sub surface with smaller stones and midge droppers. Try streamers early and late.

Smethurst's Stone Bomb 8-10, Black Rubberlegs 8-10, BH Prince 12-14, Zebra Midge Brown 16-18, BH Crystal Dip. Flying Ant 14, HOH Honey Ant 14, Royal Wulff 12-16, Royal Trude 12-16. Olive and Copper Zonkers, Slap N Tickle, Double Bunny, Morrish Sculpin.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin is clear in the Park - below Taylor Fork is off color from weekend rains. Give the Gallatin a little time to warm up in the morning.


Hebgen - Fish the mouths of the creeks and rivers to pick off some fish still staging.

Quake Lake - no report

Henry's Lake – Leeches

Yellowstone Park

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

New Rule this year - Kids can no longer use worms in Joffe Lake.

Road Construction - Norris to Mammoth road is scheduled to reopen today. Craig Pass (Old Faithful to Lake) will be closed through the end of the season.

The Firehole has been fishing great with a variety of soft hackles, BWO's and caddis. Some nicer fish below the Falls. Big fish are in the Madison from the Beaver Meadows to the Jct pool - and so are the crowds. The Barns pools are especially busy at first light. Swing some bigger soft hackles, streamers and big uglies.

NE has been fishing well, but rain over the weekend brought on the dirty water - after today the rains will subside and fishing should improve by Thursday of Friday. Drakes, BWO's and maybe still some terrestrials. Para Adams 10-14, Green Drake Cripple 12, Para Quill Grey Drake 12, BWO Tilt Wing 18, Missing Link Olive 18.

The upper Yellowstone is pretty much done for the season with most of the fish back in the Lake.

Henry's Fork

The Box is now 326 cfs - very skinny but wadeable. Rubber legs and zebra midges, along with streamers in the deeper pools.

Last Chance and Ranch - Challenging fishing the low flows but still some big fish feeding on top. Mahoganies, BWOs and still some tricos. Look for them sipping spinners and emergers. HOH CDC Mahogany Dun 16, Tilt WIng Mahogany, Tilt Wing BWO,Missing Link Olive, SloGuy emerger.

Warm River to Ashton - Streamers against the banks for the big boys.

Other Info

WE'VE GOT THE SAGE Method in stock in 5 and 6 WT as well as the new Winston BIII LS

These items can be ordered from our On-Line Shopping at www.budlillys.com - or 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: info@budlillys.com
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Permitted in Custer Gallatin and Caribou-Targhee National Forests and Yellowstone National Park

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