Yellowstone River

August 20, 2018

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2018

The stone is fishing well! Its running at 2950CFS and has been fishing great for the most part.  The upper reaches of the river are the places to be if you are looking to throw bigger dry flies and get surface eats. The fish have been keyed in on smaller PMD imitations and caddis fished behind larger chubby chernobyls or water walkers. As you move down river, the bite changes. The valley is seeing better hopper fishing each day but a dry dropper rig is still the best option for consistent action. Things are starting to warm up from the valley down so try to get out early on in the morning. Fishing has been cyclical below about mallards rest.  You will have a good hour of fishing and then a bad couple hours, then another good hour or two and then it will shut off again. Stick out these slow portions and your patience will be rewarded!  Watch for storms moving through the valley and further south. Swinging small sculpin imitations has also been picking up fish, especially with the cooler weather and artificial cloud cover(smoke). 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Water Walker: 10-12, Chubbys; royal, gold, copper: 8-10-12, PMX; royal, yellow: 8-10-12, Yeager 409; yellow, purple, red, olive: 12-14-16, Hairwing Drake: 10-12, Adams Superfly: 10-12-14-16, Elk Hair Caddis; grey, olive: 12-14-16, CDC Elk Hair Caddis: 12-14-16, Hackle Stacker PMD: 16-18-20, Parachute PMD: 14-16-18, Brook Sprout PMD: 16-18-20, C-Um Spinner: 14-16

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, Copper and Pearl Zonker: 4-6

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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