Yellowstone River

August 20, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2017

The Yellowstone is dropping but the water is looking good. Most of the streams feeding the river have dried up at the confluence thanks to irrigation. We have reached the point during late summer when most of the fish have pulled off of the banks. Move you boat a little further off the bank and fish the secondary drop-off where the you start to lose sight of the bottom. The fish are finally looking at more than just pink hoppers. As well as pink they are also eating green for the Meadow hoppers and tan that passes for the Carolina Locust, that's the hopper you hear making a clicking sound as it flies. Dropping a stonefly or mayfly nymph under your hopper will get you into the fish that don't want to come to the surface. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 14-16-18, Para Wulff Adams: 14-16-18, Goddard Caddis: 12-14, Hemmingway Caddis: 12-14-16-18, AC Caddis: 14-16, Chubby; Olive, Gold, Purple: 10-12-14, Neversink Trude: 10-12-14-16, Morrish Hopper: 6-8-10-12-14, CFO Ant: 12-14-16, Cow Killer Ant: 14-16, Hamburgler: 12-16

Nymphs| Caddis Pupa Black: 14-16, Copper John Black, Blue: 16-18, Biot Midge Pupa, 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 Clouser Crayfish Tan & Dark Brown: 8-10 Copper and Pearl Zonker: 4-6 Goblin (GBRLKB) Black and Olive: 8-10, Bush's Dad Crayfish 8-10

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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