Yellowstone River

October 14, 2017

Fishing Conditions

October 14, 2017

 The Park rivers have stopped putting dirty water into the Yellowstone and it has good clarity and color. The streamer bite has been hit or miss as it often is. There have been good hours in a day and bad. Try running some mid size streamers when the bite is slow and if the bite is on upsizing can be pretty fun. Keep an eye on the slack water and eddies and you will see heads coming up in the afternoon. Baetis and small purple haze will catch these fish. This will require some patience and a good drift. To get into the best number of fish it's all about nymping. Running baetis nymphs and emergers in the tail-out runs has worked very well this past week.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Tilt Wing BWO: 16-18-20, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Sparkle Flag BWO: 18-20-22, Wild Turkey Baetis: 18-20-22

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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