Yellowstone River Update August 3rd, 2018

Water remains clear as the Yellowstone River continues to fish well here in the first week of August. This mornings flows came in at 4,260 at Corwin and 5,090 in Livingston. Despite significantly lower flows than we have had, please be careful in the river. The sections below Pine Creek to town have some serious hydraulics that require attention on the oars, so please be prepared when floating those sections. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions regarding possible float options. As temperatures rise, count on the mornings for a good dry fly bite, however we have seen days with a constant top water bite all day. Fish are beginning to transition their diets from aquatic insects to terrestrials so start fishing your beetles, hoppers and ants! Fish have been moved a variety of smaller terrestrial patterns. Hoppers still aren’t at that #8 size yet so stay conservative and fish a smaller imitation, maybe #12-14. Medium sized attractors have been influencing the take as well. Stimulators, PMXs, Parachute Adams, Chubby Chernobyls and others have all been fishing well when conditions are right. Nymphing is continuing to be effective if that is how you want to approach the fishing. Basic attractor nymphs are always a good bet, jig head prince nymphs, hares ears, copper bobs, and so on will continue to bring fish to the net. Fishing lighter colored streamers has always been effective during certain parts of the day. Light olive has been a good color choice here on the Yellowstone. Be sure to keep an eye on the flows in Yellowstone National park, as afternoon thunderstorms may send periodic mud plugs through our system. Give us a call if you have any questions about water clarity or other information.

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