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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: July 7, 2016


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General Info

Sorry for being late - we've been really busy. Since the last report fishing has really shaped up - water levels are finally good on the Madison and dry fly action is in full swing. Forecast for 70'sthrough Saturday and then a couple of days in the 50's (what a short Summer) then back in the mid 70's. Chance of showers Sunday and Monday.

Madison River

Finally good cold flows from Hebgen dam - 1080 cfs at the dam, 1280 at Kirby and 1530 at Varney. With the increased flows work the banks and deeper pools. Still some pretty good salmon fly action in the wade section along with golden stones, sallies, PMDs, caddis, flavs and few drakes - it's a regular smorgasbord of dry flies.

Morrish Stillstone in SF and Golden, Crowd Surfer Golden, Golden Chubby, Jakes HotCake SF and Golden, CDC Caddis emerger Olive 14-16, PMD Sparkle Dun 14- 18, Challenged PMD Emerger, Para Rusty Spinner 14-16, Clear wing Spinner 14, Green Drake Wulff 14, NO Hackle Flav,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 below Taylors Creek was off for a few days due to some afternoon thunder storms over the weekend but is now clear and fishing well. Some goldens, PMDs, Sallies and caddis.


Hebgen – 98% full Midges have backed off a bit but you can still get them on a zebra midge. Callibaetis are are coming off until the wind gets up around 11: AM 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 - Ready - same as Hebgen

Henry's Lake – Goat hair Leeches and damsel nymphs - fish deeper water and the cooler creek mouths.

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.

Firehole is done come back in September. Still some action on the Madison but more whitey's than trout.

The Upper Yellowstone opens a week from tomorrow, July 15. Water levels should be good but don't expect a lot of Salmon flies - most of them happened last week.

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 and Soda Butte are fishing well - still some stones around the Lamar canyon. PMDs have started, look for gray drakes soon. Always have ants, beetles and a few small hoppers.

Para Quill PMD 16-20, Challenged PMD 16-18, Last Chance Cripple PMD 14, 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.

The Gallatin is in perfect shape - PMDs, Sallies and late afternoon and evening caddis.

Yellowstone Lake Purple Showgirl, Black leech, Black BH Bugger - maybe some callibaetis off Gull Point on a calm morning.

Henry's Fork

The Box at about 1600 cfs for almost a week - lots of water - don't wade it and it will be a quick float.

The higher flows have made it a bit tougher on the Ranch, but the fish have settled and moved to the softer water along the banks - have a seat and look closely. Still a few Green Drakes along with PMDs and caddis. Some Flavs showing in the afternoons. Always have some flying ants, beetles and small hoppers.

CDC Green drake emerger, Green drake cripple, Para Quill Green drake, Hemingway Caddis 14-18, HOH CDC Tan Palmered Caddis, CDC Caddis emerger Olive 14-18, PMD Challenged 16-20, HOH Para PMD 14, Tilt Wing Dun 16-18, Para Rusty Spinner 14-16, CDC Honey ant 14, CDC Water Wasp 14, Flying Ant 14-16, Para Sparkle Ant 16-18.

Warm River to Ashton is a smorgasbord Golden stones, PMDs, Caddis and Yellow Sallies. HF Golden size 8, Morrish Still Stone Golden, Jakes Hot Cake Golden, Goldie Hawn, HOH Flutter Sally,Para Quill PMD 16-18, Rusty Spinner 14-16, Hogans Spring Creek Geek PMD 16-18, Tung Bruised PMD nymph 16.

Other Info
SAGE HAS DISCONTINUED THE SAGE ONE AND CIRCA - these are ON SALE NOW at $639 and going fast. We still have a few 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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