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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: October 2, 2016


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General Info

Final fishing report for the season as I go off on a bird hunt this week and my final fishing report for Bud Lilly's. If you haven't heard through the grapevine, Barbara and I have sold the shop with new owners taking over December 1. It's been a fun but tiring 22 year run and we will miss it but it's time for us to retire. Thanks for all the friends we've made and support we have received over the years.

Fall fishing has officially started - temps this week will be 40's for highs and mid 20's to low 30's for lows. Some rain and snow mixed today through Thursday with a slight warming trend (50's) next week. Fires are out and smoke is gone -- come out and chase some fish on the Madison!

Madison River

Flows at Hebgen dam - right around 720 cfs but will likely increase a bit over the next month as they draft the lake down in preperation for Winter storage. Flow at Kirby is 840 cfs and 870 cfs at Varney. Still a little bit of hopper action but that will get froze out this week. Concentrate on BWOs and Midges for the dry fly bite and small nymphs and streamers sub surface.

Tilt Wing BWO 16-18, Para Quill BWO 16-20, Griffiths Gnat 16-20, BH Crystal Dips, Zebra Midge, Spring Creek Geeks, Tung Bruised BWO, Black Copper John, Cravens JuJu BWO 16. Coffey Sparkle Minows Purple 4 and Smoke 4, Magnum Chub, Copper Zonker, Double Bunny, Witchdoctor, Chech's Leech, Gallop's Bottoms Up.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin will be off color from the Park to Bozeman from Taylor Fork with the rain we are expecting.


Hebgen – almost at 85% full - Still fishing - target the fish staging at the mouths of the rivers and streams

Quake Lake - same as Hebgen

Henry's Lake – Fishing has picked up in the past two weeks with lots of nice fish being caught. Leeches and Crystal buggers drifting.

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 - Road reopens on the 8th of October.

Slough Creek campground and trail has reopened.

Firehole has provided some great action and will continue through October - Miller Caddis, Soft Hackles and BWOs.

Access to the the Madison is all open and the lake fish are moving - lots of bigger fish - both Browns and Rainbows. Bigger BH Prince 6-10, Black Rubberlegs 10-12, BH Buggers Black and Peacock, Coffey Sparkle Minnow Purple and Smoke, BH Mini Sculpin Orange 10, Copper Zonker 4-6, Barnes Special 4.

The Upper Yellowstone is still producing above LeHardy Rapids - still looking up at hoppers, although many of the fish have returned to the Lake.

Lamar and Soda Butte have been fishing well between rain storms. This week's rain may put them off until next week. Drakes, terrestrials and caddis were the ticket. After the rain look for some BWOs to start hatching.

Gray Drake Cripple, Para Quill Gray Drake 12, Clear wing Gray Drake 12, 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 180 cfs - IP Reservoir is down to 20% - Chase some big Rainbows in the deep slots - best bet would be a rubberleg with Zebra Midge dropper with lots of weight.

Last Chance and Ranch - Still fishing with BWOs and Mahogany's but tough to land due to the weed growth.

Warm River to Ashton is still good with BWOs on top and sub-surface.

Tilt Wing Dun BWO, Hogan Slow Guy emerger, Para Quill BWO 16-20, BH Crystal Dips, Craven's JuJu 16, Tung Zebra Midge Brown 18.

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
Dick Greene Montana Outfitter #6396 - Idaho Outfitter #8245
Permitted in Custer Gallatin and Caribou-Targhee National Forests and Yellowstone National Park

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