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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: July 29, 2015


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General Info

After a somewhat unsettled weather pattern last week, we've finally settled in to more seasonable weather pattern (even after a bit of snow in the high country). Flows are pretty stable throughout the region, waters are cool and weather for the next ten days should be mid to upper 70s in the mountains and low 80s in the valleys.

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 822 cfs - Kirby is 937 and Varney is at 1060 - these should hold for the foreseeable future unless we see much hotter weather below Ennis.

Rusty Spinners and nocturnal stones in the mornings with PMDs and caddis getting active as the water warms. Sallies and a few spuce moths for top water action in the afternoon then caddis from 5 PM to dark. Look for hoppers to start as well as the flying ant hatch.

Girdle Bugs 4-8, Smeth Stone Bomb, Jimmy Legs Coffee, BH Prince 6-8, Zebra Midge 16-18, BH Mangy Caddis, RAM Caddis 12-14, Super Chubby Purple, Hodek Stone, Furmanski Flutter Caddis 12, Jakes Richter Spruce Moth, PMD Challenged 16-18, PMD Sparkle Dun 16-18, Rusty Spinner 14, 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.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin is clear up to the Taylor Fork and then chocolate below from the weekend rain and snow. Should clear by Friday. Lots of caddis, PMDs and Sallies.

Chubby Golden, Tilt Wing PMD 16-18,Sexy Sallies 14, Spruce Moth 12-14


Hebgen – 95% full. Buggers, leeches and cray fish patterns if fishing from shore. This should be a good weather week for gulper fishing - Callibaetis and Tricos early - fish spinners or slow strip nymphs. Challenged Callibaetis 14, Film Critic 14-16, HOH CB Para Spinner 14, Jakes Hebgen Spinner 14-16, Poxyback CB Nymph 14.

Quake Lake - same as Hebgen

Henry's Lake – No current report - prospect with damsel nymphs and crystal buggers.

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 - come back after Labor Day

The Gallatin in the Park is fishing very well - no need to get there early. PMDs - Caddis - Sallies - small hoppers - Royal Wulff's for ants.

The Gardner - Small hoppers, Stims, Royal Wulff.

We spent this past weekend up at Cooke City and got to spend some time in the NE corner. Soda Butte and Lamar were off color from a week of rain, but we decided that Soda was close enough to give it a shot - morning was slow, but we did see lots of drake spinners and PMDs hatching. As the river dropped about 4 or 5 inches by noon clarity improved and we started working small hoppers in the seams and cut banks. We hooked probably 20 nice cutts and landed about 10 or 12. Sunday we hit lower Slough and while we had periods of calm and sun the wind kicked our you know what mid afternoon. Finally picked up a couple of hybreds on a rusty spinner. Monday we hit the Yellowstone at Buffalo Ford - and again were greated by weather issues - stiff winds, rain and an eventual 20 degree drop in temperature. Needless to say we packed it in.

Figure Green/Gray Drakes, caddis, Sallies and PMDs. Ants, beetles and small hoppers -- a rusty spinner mid morning is also a good bet.

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

Henry's Fork

The flush flows in the Box came off as planned last week with flows of just over 2000 cfs from Tuesday through Thursday evening. Flow at the Box is now stable at 932 cfs. The plan is to hold at that level unless it gets hot and dry again. We've had several guide trips in the Box and also Warm River to Ashton this week and fishing has been very good. Now that these flows are stable, the Ranch should pick back up as well - look for PMDs, Flavs, ants, beetles and smaller hoppers to start producing again. Caddis in the evening as well.

HOH CDC Palmered Caddis Olive 14-16, Henryville Special 12-16, Challenged PMD 16-20, Batwing PMD Emerger, HOH PMD Para Spinner 14, HOH Rusty Spinner 14, Green Drake Wulff 14, Sparkle Dun Olive 14, No Hackle Olive 14, Honey Ant, Crystal ant.

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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