Yellowstone Park Waters

July 8, 2020

Fishing Conditions

July 8, 2020

 The west side of Yellowstone has been fishing very good, even during last weekends weather. The Gibbon, Firehole and Madison all have a dry fly bite. Golden and Sally patterns are a perfect lead fly. The Gibbon has a little colder water. Caddis are the main hatch here but a soft hackle dropped underneath is also working well. Get tight to the cut banks. Both the Firehole and the Madison have big hatches of PMD's. They are very pale yellow. The northwest corner is finally having the flows taper off and begin to get in shape. This holiday weekend would be a good time to start giving the area a thought. The Lamar will still have the biggest flow and most color but Slough will definitely have good water. It's going to still be mostly nymphing on these rivers but we should start seeing caddis very soon. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Elk Hair Caddis:14-16-18, X-Caddis: 14-16-18, Goddard Caddis: 12-14-18-18, Adult Caddis: 16-18, Loop Wing PMD: 16-18-20, Short-wing PMD: 14-16-18, Last Chance PMD: 18-20, Ex-body PMD: 16-18-20, Chubby Golden: 10-12-14, Yellow Stimulator: 10-12-14

Nymphs: Lil’ Spanker PT: 12-14-16-18, Lil’ Spanker Gold: 12-14-16-18, Lightning Bug Silver: 12-14-16-18, Lightning Bug Purple: 12-14-16-18, BH Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, Rootbeer Float PMD: 16-18, Pat’s Rubberlegs Black: 8-10, Hot Head Stoner Black: 4-6-8

Streamers: McCune’s Sculpin Tan: 4-8, Dirty Hippy Rainbow: 2, Sparkle Minnow Black: 4-6, Bow River Bugger: 2-4-6, Zonker Tan/Copper: 6-8

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