Yellowstone River

December 12, 2018

Fishing Conditions

December 12, 2018

Look out for ice flow on colder days. Much of the slower water is beggining to ice up. There is definitely a consistent flow of lce throughout the river system as well. If you can manager to find a window that is free of ice and free of the brutal winter winds, focus on the soft riffle drop offs. Nymphing is still the best bet. I would run a leech or rubber legs with a zebra midge or rainbow warrior behind it. Work slow and deep and watch for subtle takes. Streamer fishing can also be good. Same tactics apply. Low and slow. Work the soft water with heavy natrually colored streamers. 


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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, Batwing Emerger: 18-20, Challenged BWO: 16-20

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, TB Bruised Baetis: 18-20, Purple Berger: 12-14-16, Tungsten Sunkist: 14-16-18, Root Beer Float BWO: 16-20, 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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