Yellowstone River

July 18, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 18, 2018

The stone is there! Running right around 7,500 CFS and has been fishing great for the most part.  The snowpack in the high peaks has hardened and the flows are consistantly dropping each day. The fish in the upper reaches of the river are starting to eat on the surface better now that the Salmon Flies are gone. The week after they went through they were very gorged and it slowed the bite down. Below that the fish will eat streamers, big dries, and big droppers. There are green drakes, caddis, PMD's, yellow sallies and golden stones out here right now and fish are most definitely looking up! Be careful floating over here, the water is still pushing and is very unforgiving at this time. Use caution and don't float here unless you have substantial experience on the oars. The best fishing has been in the upper portions of the river.

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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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