It was hard to wait for the gates to open but we are finally able to fish the Park. Run-off is in full force in the northeast corner and the Mammoth area. All the fishing will be on the west side for now. Having kept track of water temps while the gates were closed, the Firehole already had perfect conditions for the Salmon flies to hatch a week before we could go in to fish. There may still be some left but temps are now moving into the time for Golden stones. The PMD's have started to hatch upstream on the Firehole. No White Miller hatch yet. A dark bugger or leech on the swing has been very affective. The Madison didn't see any fishing pressure until June 1st with the road closed. Nymphs are a better way to hook up for most of the day until the caddis start coming out in the evening.
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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