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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: August 24, 2016


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General Info

Sorry this report is a little late - was out for a bit with some shoulder surgery - not real good typing with one hand.

Not much has changed in the last couple of weeks other than the temps have become more "fall like". Look for mid 60's to mid 70's for highs and mid 30's for lows.

There are sevral fires burning in Yellowstone at this time - we're getting smoky in town in the early mornings but usually blows out by mid morning.

Madison River

Flows at Hebgen dam - 785 cfs, 860 cfs at Kirby and 870 at Varney. The dry fly action has been best mid mornings to early afternoon and then again in the evening. Hoppers, ants and beetles are the main staples - hopper dropper combos work as well. Still some evening caddis action.

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, CDC Caddis emerger Olive 14-16, Goddard Caddis Chocolate 12-14, Henryvill Special 12-16. BH Crystal Dips, Zebra Midge, Spring Creek Geeks, Tung Bruised PMD, Black Copper John.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin is fishing well from the Park to Bozeman. 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 90% full - Gulpers have been strong - Callibaetis still strong until the wind gets up around 11:00 AM - even later some days - 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.

Several fires burning in the Park, closest to town is the Maple fire - about 5 miles NE of West, burning just North of Madison River by 7 mile bridge. Another, Fawn Fire burning by Fawn Pass East of the Gallatin, about 5 miles. The Bufallo fire is North and West of Slough Creek and Slough Creek Trail and Back-country campsites are currently closed. There is also a fire just North of Jackson Lake in the Teton Park that has jumped the main road causing the South Entrance to close for a few days.

Firehole has cooled down to lower 60s overnight may start to turn on with the cooler weather this week - same with Madison.

The Upper Yellowstone is still producing some nice cutts along with some smaller ones. Some goldens with a smattering of Green Drakes, PMDs and Caddis.

Caddis and Goldens on the Gardner around Mammoth - try the upper Gardner by Sheepeaters with a Royal Wulff or EH Caddis, a great place to take the kids.

Lamar, Slough(see above regarding Slough Trail Closure)and Soda Butte are fishing well - PMDs, gray drakes and caddis. If no hatch the go to flies are 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.

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

Henry's Fork

The Box has finally dropped to 813 cfs - IP Reservoir is down to 20% so they won't be running much longer. Best bet would be a rubberleg with Zebra Midge dropper with lots of weight.

Last Chance and Ranch - Finally seeing some fish back feeding on top - 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 smorgasbord Hopper droppers or double nymph rig..

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 GOT THE NEW SAGE MOD and SAGE PULSE in stock in 4, 5 and 6 WT as well as the new Winston BIII PLUS

New Products are starting to arrive: New gear from Fishpond, Simms, Sage, DeYoung reels from Abel 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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