Farewell, in a Way (We’ve Moved)

May 11th, 2015 | Posted by: BigCutty

Fishing ReportsHere at Sweetwater Fly Shop, we’ve got a fancy new website that we’re very proud of. In order to consolidate our efforts and make things more efficient, we’re now posting our fishing reports for the Yellowstone River, the Paradise Valley spring creeks, and southwestern Montana directly to our website, instead of on this blog page. To see our most recent fishing reports, look under the “Fly Fishing in Montana” tab at the top of the new web page (or click here to go there directly). Please bookmark our site for future reference. Thanks!

Read it Here First!

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted by: BigCutty
FFIP_work_Page_01Here at Sweetwater Fly Shop, we’ve been working rather feverishly to complete “Fly Fishing in Paradise,” our informative little booklet on all things related to fly fishing in our area. It’s got a bit of everything, from articles on fishing the Yellowstone River and the Paradise Valley spring creeks, to fishing, fish handling, and photography tips, to restaurant suggestions. If you’re headed our way this summer (or sooner), give it a read. Just click on the cover photo to the left to download a .pdf version. Prefer a printed copy? Email us with your address and we’ll get one in the mail as soon as they arrive (sometime next week).
Did we leave anything out? Let us know in an email. If we like your suggestion, we’ll update the online version and send you a dozen pretty good flies. What a deal!

Two Weeks Left…

October 20th, 2013 | Posted by: BigCutty

…to fish Yellowstone National Park. The park is open for business again, but closes to fishing after Sunday, November 3rd. So get up there while you still can. We had a really good report from the Lamar the other day. No word on what they were using, but nymphing is probably going to be your go-to technique right now. No summer crowds, nicer weather this week, what more could you ask for?

Fish the Park

September 16th, 2013 | Posted by: BigCutty

This is a great time to fish Yellowstone National Park. Many of the crowds of summer have gone, but the fish are still feeding eagerly. We hiked up to the first meadow of Slough Creek yesterday. The hike is strenuous but short (about 2 miles). The only other anglers we saw were on their way out (and looking a bit frustrated, I might add). The spectacular scenery was worth the hike, and the few nice cutthroat I landed in a couple of hours of fishing only added to the experience. There were tons of grasshoppers around, and a size 10 yellow Morrish Hopper did most of the damage. A size 16 Purple Parachute was also effective. Beetle patterns have been another go-to fly on Slough as of late. It can be challenging fishing, primarily sight fishing to cutties that will often give your fly a once-over and a goodbye kiss. Don’t forget your bear spray, as they’re feeding actively in preparation for winter. Word is that the Gardner River is also fishing well, with some bigger browns heading upstream from the Yellowstone River. Stop by Sweetwater Fly Shop on your way to the park for a YNP license and some flies and advice.