Yellowstone River

August 9, 2020

Fishing Conditions

August 9, 2020

After a couple mud plugs, the Stone is back in action. It's running around 3130cfs but still proceed with caution when floating as wave trains and hydraulics are nasty in some sections. Please check water temperatures before you float, as certain areas are getting up to 70 degrees. Hoppers, Stoneflies, caddis, PMDs and worms are all on the menu depending on which section you are in. Midday has been fishing a little tough with the high sun and lack of clouds lately. Morning Chubbie-droppers for the Nocturnals, and afternoon Hopper-dropper rigs tight to the bank have resulted in some nice fish hitting the net, along with lots of whitefish on the dropper. We have had some good reports from anglers getting fish on streamers as well. Try stripping small and flashy streamers through the faster water. The evening caddis hatch has been great and will have lots of fish looking up. Shorter nymph rigs with some split shot have also been productive. Also dont overlook seams below islands, as lots of fish will be holding there.  Before you go, be sure to check out your boat ramp options, most are in good shape but some tend to change quite a bit after the runoff. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 16-18, Matts Midge: 18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18, Adams Para Wulff: 16-18, Chubbies: 8-14, Hi-Vis PMD; 16-18, Para-Sulfer PMD; 16-18, Triple Decker Hopper Tan & Club; 8-14, Yeti Hopper; 8, Water Walkers Pink, Royal, Circus Peanut; 10-16, CFO Ants Black & Red; 12-16, Hippy Stomper; 12-16

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, Purple Berger: 12-14-16, Tungsten Sunkist: 14-16-18, Olive Soft Hackle: 18-20,

Streamers: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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