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Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-27-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 28
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Re: Planning a YNP Trip - Seeking Advice

Bear in mind that Cliff Lake is a solid 45 minutes (at least) from the west gate of the park. If you're looking for anything even remotely centrally located, that ain't it. You will be limited to the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,542
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Pro deals for guides?

I know it goes against the terms of all pro deal agreements to disclose the deal or discuss it publicly and that I can have my deals revoked if I'm caught discussing them. Maybe you should contact...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 795
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Yellowstone National Park (1st week of july, 2014)

Stenacron:

You are the one that needs to read the regs. The Yellowstone River above the falls is the only really important piece of water that opens July 15. Everything else holding cutthroats...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-08-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 714
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: "SW" Montana=125% snow pack!

Most drainages are now way over 125%. The Yellowstone Basin is at 148%, one of the heaviest on record. We don't anticipate the Yellowstone will become fishable before July 15 and it might be closer...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-08-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 671
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Wanted: your reports and photos of Slough Creek - Yellowstone

The backcountry sites are probably mostly gone already.

There's no way you'll get into the campground at noon. You are better off staying at Tower Falls Campground if you want to be more central...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-02-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Fly guide

You should have started looking much sooner. We like to have our guide corps set no later than the end of February and prefer to start the hiring process around Christmas. Most other shops and...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 02-25-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 952
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Yellowstone - Madison and Gibbon

It is extremely unlikely the Madison and Gibbon will be fishable on or near the opener this year. Years with average snowpack they are not ready at that point and given our high and rapidly...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 01-12-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Looking to go to Montana

You said you're looking for a lake with trout and warm water fish. Not many have both. Also bear in mind that ice-out ranges from sometime in April to sometime in May depending on where we're talking...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-16-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 258
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Trip to Livingston

This is definitely a bad idea. I have never seen anyone float/fish the Yellowstone in anything less than a Class III-rated pontoon and only even see canoes in a couple short sections. In mid-July the...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-16-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Guide Positions in MT or CO?

You really, really don't want to work for anybody who is hiring right now. They are either terminally lazy about their business or are awful to work for and everybody they hired over the winter has...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 05-09-2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 423
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Bozeman, MT help.

The Gallatin ain't gonna work. It's not blown as bad as the Yellowstone yet, but it's heading that way and 70+ degree temps aren't going to help.

The Paradise Valley spring creeks will be your...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 04-07-2013, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 734
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Lodging & Guide at Henry's Fork & Firehole River area?

Just for the record, there is no way that the Firehole will be fishable in July this year. We're looking at around and 85% of normal snowpack and I expect the Firehole to start getting streaky...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 04-30-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,339
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Montana in August

Mid-August is almost certainly going to require more sneakiness and flexibility than 2008-2011. Snowpack is down considerably from those years and the first surge of runoff has already happened. I...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-02-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,191
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Planning 1st Yellowstone Trek

West Yellowstone is more than two hours from Silver Gate, so planning to use a shop there as your main info source is a mistake. There is a shop in Cooke City though I don't know if they have a...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-30-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 619
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Expected River Levels for Mid July in Yellowstone?

There will be plenty of options in mid-July, though some of them won't be the usual bets for that timeframe. There's a good chance you'll be able to see some Salmonflies.

In detail: Parks' Fly...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-14-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,241
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Yellowstone

Saw your PM.

You won't have a whole lot of options, but you certainly have more than we do this week:

1. Firehole. Should be prime. We had four guides out yesterday with rookies, and while it...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 04-09-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,283
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: 3 Guys from England

Hi, Walter from Parks' Fly Shop here. Thanks for the shout out.

Here are some thoughts and suggestions:

1. Timing: if you're coming the week before Labor Day, you're in better shape than if you...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 02-13-2011, 07:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,503
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Fishing trip to Montana from UK

You are going to be right at the borderline between possibly great pre-runoff fishing on the Yellowstone and Madison and the onset of runoff, which makes the Yellowstone totally unfishable and...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 01-14-2011, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Fishing in Montana/Yellowstone Area

My shop's website has tons of information:

Trip Planner (http://www.parksflyshop.com/planner.htm)

Please note that we'll be putting up a new site within a couple weeks, and this link is going...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-25-2010, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Query about the Gallatin, Madison and Firehole

USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 06036905 Firehole River near West Yellowstone MT (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/uv/?site_no=06036905&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065,00010)

Current temp: 27.5...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-24-2010, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Query about the Gallatin, Madison and Firehole

The Firehole and Madison inside the Park are too warm to fish right now. The Firehole is peaking most days near 80 degrees, and 2/3 of the Madison's water comes from the Firehole. Outside the park...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-03-2010, 12:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,444
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Teton Wilderness - Yellowstone River and Thorofare Creek

If you fish for actively spawning wild trout over gravel and aren't twelve, you do not respect them. Period.
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-02-2010, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,444
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Teton Wilderness - Yellowstone River and Thorofare Creek

You want to bet?

You don't think one person tromping around in this creek would disrupt spawning and/or kill thousands of eggs?

http://parksflyshop.com/images/2008%20Pics/smallspawners.jpg
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 05-31-2010, 08:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,444
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Teton Wilderness - Yellowstone River and Thorofare Creek

To be totally blunt, there is a reason why the park does not allow fishing the spawning streams inside its boundaries until July 15. With the utter devastation of the Yellowstone cutthroat...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By Longs for Cutts
Re: Does anyone know anything about this?

One thing to note is that I know of no guide services/outfitters for whom going to guide school makes any difference whatsoever. One of our guides attended one of the other ones, and we hired him...
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