Yellowstone River

July 8, 2020

Fishing Conditions

July 8, 2020

 The Yellowstone is finally in fishable condition! It is still fairly high though so if you head out this way proceed with caution when floating as wave trains and hydraulics will be big and nasty in some sections. The Big Bugs are up high and we have had some good reports from anglers getting fishing on the streamers and nymphs as well. Shorter nymph rigs with some serious split shot has been productive. Also look for seams below islands. Stoneflies, caddis, drakes, mayflies, PMDs and worms are all on the menu. Running a dry dropper rig tight to the bank has also resulted in some nice fish hitting the net. Also be sure to check out your boat ramp options, some tend to change quite a bit after the runoff. Call or come by the shop if you have any questions about float options. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 16-18, Matts Midge: 18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18, Adams Para Wulff: 16-18, CDC Emerger Pink: 16-18, Hi-Vis Paraemerger BWO: 16-18-20, Thorax BWO: 16-18, CDC Biot Dun Pink Albert: 14-16-18, Chubbies: 8-14

Nymphs: Copper John Black, Blue: 16-18, Rubberlegs Coffee, Turd: 6-8, Delektable Brown Stone: 6-8-10, Mega Prince: 4-6-8, Prince Nymph: 14-18, Pyscho Prince Purple: 14-16, Pheasant Tail: 12-18, Hares Ear: 12-18, Nymphicator: 12-16, Batman: 12-16, Purple Berger: 12-14-16, Tungsten Sunkist: 14-16-18, Olive Soft Hackle: 18-20,

Streamers: Big Black & Articulated... Silveys Sculpin Black 2, Eric's Jealousy Black 2, Lawn Mower Black 1, Natural Copper Zonker, T&A Bunkers Olive/White, Rainbow & Whitefish: 2 Swimmin Jimmy Rainbow: 2 Sex Dungeon White, Yellow: 2 Fathead White, Yellow, Olive, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Natural, black, olive, silver:4 Circus Peanut tan, olive, black: 4 Lawn Mower yellow, white, olive: 4 Game Changer rainbow, white: 4 Erics Jealousy yellow, black, white: 4 Sculpzilla black, natural, olive, white: 4-6 Mr. Creepo black, tan: 6 Craven's Dirty Hippie: 4 JJ Special: 4-8 Belly Ache Minnow Natural, Olive:4-6, Baby Gonga: 8


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