Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summer Fishing

Greetings from Big Sky country and Western Drifters Fly Fishing Outfitters. This is the summer fishing report starting on 6/21. We are eagerly awaiting the famed emergence of the Salmon Fly on the Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT. The fly fishing on the Yellowstone is gearing up and we are seeing no less than 3-4 sizes of caddis, 3-4 sizes of stoneflies and mayflies as well. The fish are happy and eating well. Flows are low and the water is very clear so the dry fly fishing is excellent. Attractor dries and dropper rigs are deadly right now. It is hard to tie on a streamer right now with the dry fly being so effective. However, if a fly fisherman can effectively work a streamer or girdle bug it could pay off with the fish of the year even lifetime. (rumours of a 30" fish are floating around).
The Madison around Ennis, MT is very low and a little difficult to float. The Salmon Flies are out and on any given day the fishing is good. Large dries and attractors as well as black and gold girdle bugs should be effective. This hatch bring the fly fishers from all over so expect company.
Our(Western Drifters)very favorite tailwater, The Missouri at Craig, MT is fishing very good as well with caddis and PMD's for dry flyfishing and pheasant tails and caddis pupae for nymphs.
This is the time of year when it is hard to flyfish on any of our creeks and rivers without having good fun and possibly great fly fishing.
The Spring Creeks in Paradise Valley south of Livingston are starting to fish well with PMD's coming off at 11:00 a.m. on most days.
If you are a fly fishing enthusiast and need some help figuring out where to go or are interested in getting together with one of our professional fly fishing guides feel free to contact us at All of our guides are knowledgeable, courteous and are excellent fly fishermen themselves.
Get out and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year and we at Western Drifters wish you good fishing and lots of fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hello and welcome to the first update on the Western Drifters blog. We have just finished the 2007 version of the famed "Mothers Day Caddis Hatch". Due to an unusually early start to the runoff (a 70 year record high for that time of year) the hatch was short lived and somewhat spotty. Having said that many fisherman experienced great fishing with nymphs and dries. Only a couple of days included the "carpet of caddis flies". So many insects that wading fisherman had caddis in their shorts and floating fisherman's open sodas became "protein drinks".
Now is the time that we are scrambling a bit to find clear and fishable water. However, we are not without options. The world renowned spring creeks in Paradise Valley are always a fun and challenging option as are a few of the area lakes.
One of our favorite road trips is to the Missouri River below Holter Dam at Wolf Creek, MT. The fishing for hot rainbows and large browns will continue to get better as we progress towards summer.
Another excellent spot and a veritable fish factory is the Bighon River below Yellowtail Dam at Fort Smith, MT.
Until the runoff starts to subside, the local feeder creeks open (3rd weekend of may) and Yellowstone Nat'l Park fishing opens, these are the waters that we fish. Not a bad time to get some yard work done as well. (that's what Ive been told).
If you need info about guided trips on any waters mentioned feel free to contact We would enjoy the opportunity to show you the waters and environments that we love.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Welcome to Western Drifters Outfitters

Livingston, Montana has become known as the "Mecca" of fly-fishing, thanks to the movie released in the 1990s entitled "A River Runs Through It". With the beautiful scenery, serene setttings and abundance of trout, it truly is a memorable fishing experience.

Fishing with Western Drifters Outfitters will only enhance your fishing trip. Tony hires the best available guides and provides a delicious, satisfying lunch for all full day trips. Check with us for the updated prices.

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We sincerely appreciate you visiting us and look forward to seeing you as together we fish the best of the west.


Tony and Karilee

About Western Drifters

Western Drifters Outfitters has been in existence since 1993. The founder, Tony V, became an accomplished fly-fisherman in the 1980s and has been fishing the area waters since 1990 His expertise has allowed him to become one of the top requested guides for places such as Dan Baileys Fly Shop and others in the area. Tony chooses his guides with the same standards he sets for himself. We guarantee the best!