Yellowstone Park Waters

October 19, 2020

Fishing Conditions

October 19, 2020

 The Park saw a dramatic change in weather this past weekend. Snow fell across the entire region and temperatures have dropped. Dress warm to fish the Lamar valley, the wind chill will be a factor in such an open area. Hopper season is definitely done after this latest snow. Switch back into a double nymph rig. Some anglers are getting a few brown trout on the Madison. Remember not to fish directly on a spawning area to ensure future generations of fish. They will hit a streamer for you while migrating. Put an egg pattern on if you want to get some rainbows. The weather may be rough but this is one of the best times of year to get a lake trout from Yellowstone Lake. Find the craggy shorelines. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Ext. Body BWO; 16-20, Thorax BWO; 16-20, Brook Sprout BWO; 16-20, Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 16-18, Griffith Gnat:16-18-20, Quigley Cluster: 16-20-24

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, Green Machine; 16-18, BLM Green; 18, Split Case BWO; 18-20

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, Schlappen Bugger Black, Olive: 2-4-6

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