This past holiday weekend was blessed with fine weather with light winds and most folks got out and about. Several rivers in Yellowstone opened and it was fun to watch all the anglers, on my quick bike ride, with the family along the Firehole. Not much dry fly action but those that were fishing nymphs and streamers did have action to keep them smiling all weekend.
JM had a bunch of success with his egg sucking leech and after leaving the park - my stepson and I caught a bunch of nice rainbows fishing the edge of Hebgen. Earlier in the week I was determined to fish clean water and spent some time immediately below the Dam. The Madison was high but relatively clear. A few flies came off through the day but nothing that got me too excited to fish a dry. I chose to Euro nymph for a couple of hours and got into a bunch of fish.
Euro Nymphing, tightline nymphing, dynamic nymphing or Czech nymphing - all names for using nylon on a tight line, keeping your flies close. Takes are signaled by the very slight movement in your colored indicator nylon or by feel. A 10ft rod is an advantage and practising the "cast" can really make your day more pleasant. Staying in touch with your flies and recognising the "shape" of your leader as it drifts through the lie is a fun new skill to learn and adds to your overall knowledge of nymphing in the water column. I use a 10ft 4 wt but we've just taken stock in Troutfitters of a 10ft 2 wt. Thats a rod that would be so much fun!!
I got into a bunch of fish and they were taking a very simple hot spot pheasant tail fly tied on a Daichi 4640 sze 16. A size 3/16 bead gets the fly into the zone. Come on in to Montana Troutfitters if you'd like more information on the technique or equipment. See you soon.
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