Yellowstone River

November 18, 2021

Fishing Conditions

November 18, 2021

We are seeing early-winter fishing conditions on the Stone. Sub-surface will be your best bet with any variety of small soft hackle droppers, eggs, worms, and midges, fished below something a  little bigger like a Rubberlegs, Zirdle, Goblin or Mini Zonker. For dries, midges are about your only option as the BWO's are few and far between. As the fish have fully winterized, make sure you are getting your nymphs down low enough into those deeper slower pockets. Streamers with natural toned sculpins are not a bad option as well, but the chase has slowed considerably as fish are holding in deeper and slower waters. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-22, Midge Cluster: 16-20, Parachute adams: 18-22

Nymphs| Mega prince 12-6; Rubber Legs 12-6; AJ's Bird Turd 6-10; San Juan Worm (assorted colors and sizes);

Streamers| Woolly Bugger Black: 6-8, JJ Specials 4-8, McCune's Sculpin 4-8; Zonker 4-8;


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