Fishing Report Late July
The last river to come down from runoff in this part of the state. This also means the water still has snowmelt influence and is staying slightly cooler than other rivers making for more productive fishing throughout the day. Still a little higher than late summer flows so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into when floating new sections. Nice fish are being caught daily and you can't beat the scenery of a paradise valley float. Be aware of mud plugs after rain in Yellowstone National Park.
Flies to try:
Sparkle minnows and other flashy streamers are working.
Nymph zonkers, Pat's Rubber legs, lightening bugs, san juan worms, prince nymphs, psycho princes, caddis pupa, copper johns.
Look for dry fly activity with terrestrials like beatles, ants, and stimulators. Grass hoppers should be showing their faces soon and the trout should be excited. Caddis in the evenings and tricos are on the menu too.
Great fishing!!! The flows are perfect and the canyon has stayed cool. Great dry fly fishing especially in the evening. Nymphing tail outs and deep pockets has been pulling quality fish. We aren't to the spruce moth hatch quite yet but it should be in the next few weeks so keep your ears open for what is in my opinion the easiest dry fly fishing of the year.
Flies to try:
Dries: Elk Hair Caddis, Delektable caddis, goddard caddis, Royal Pmx, Yellow Stimulator, Purple Haze, Chubby Cherynobyl.
Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs, psycho prince, Mega prince, caddis pupa, z-wing caddis emerger, lightening bug, king prince, soft hackle pheasant tail, soft hackle olive, spankers, pmd emergers.
Streamers: Wooly Buggers
**** Hoot owl Closures Shed's Bridge to Missouri river Confluence daily at 2PM.
River is clear and the fishing is great. Fish are active and have moved to their summer homes of faster water and riffles. Big fish are being found mid river in places you wouldn't expect. Smaller flies have been more productive lately other than the exception of a dead drifted bait fish pattern such as a bugger or zonker. Caddis in the evenings along side hoards of tricos. Be ready for a two inch fish or the fish of a life time on any cast.
Nymphs: Pat's rubber legs, copper zonker, Wooly buggers in a variety of colors, sparle buggers, shop vac's, morrish anato, micro may, pmd emergers, spankers, soft hackle pheasant tails, lightening bugs.
Streamers: Sparkle minnows, Dirty Hippy, Wooly Buggers
Dries: Delektable Caddis, Elk hair Caddis, Trico, Purple Haze, Parachute adams, Beatles, Ants.
Good early morning option but...... Hoot owl closure on entire section at 2PM daily. Amazing bikini hatch daily starting at noon and ending with the typical frantic dispersal with the afternoon thunderstorm.
Nymphs: Crawdads, may fly emergers, spankers, micro may, small pheasant tails.
Dries: Parachute adams
Streamers: Dead drifted buggers.
Flow is finally low. Dry fly activity is great. Look for hatches of PMD's and other may fly variations. Bring your best cast and some light tippet to catch those sipping trout. Nymph deep with scuds and small may flies.
Dries: Small parachute adams, buzz ball, Snowshoe trico, Sparkle Pmd Dun, Smoke Jumper PMD.
Nymphs: Ray charles, micro may, small pheasant tails, morrish anato, hot head ray charles, ultra scud, zebra midge, juju baetis.
Streamers: Sparkle minnow, sculpzilla.
River is down and the fish are fiesty especially in the canyon. Look for good dry fly fishing when the sun isn't directly baking the river. Dry dropper set ups will produce. Try targeting bigger fish by dead drifting a streamer followed by a natural bead head nymph.
Dries: Chubby Cherynobyl, Pmx, Green Drake, Grey Drake, mosquito, parachute adams, caddis.
Nymphs: Pat's rubber legs, soft hackle pheasant tails, copper johns, tactical biot nymph, spanker, super pupa, z-wing caddis, psycho prince.
Streamers: Wooly Buggers, Dirty Hippy, Sculpzilla
The Yellowstone above the lake is open. Check in for specific regulations and suggestions. A lot of water to chose from and some of the biggest cutthroat rewards are possible. Good place to do some dry fly fishing and enjoy the scenery on the side. It is the busy season so be prepared for some busy areas unless you are willing to hike.