One of the rivers in the area that we have been asked most about in the past few weeks is the Yellowstone. It certainly has the reputation and it lives up to it's name most days. In the past two weeks it has gone from high and super dirty to clear and fishing really well. Like all the rivers in the Bozeman area it has been dropping pretty steadily every day, it hasn't stabilized yet. This steep drop of flows isn't really great for the fish, as they are constantly being forced to find new homes and cover. Once the flows are level for a couple days they'll feel more at home.
The Salmonfly hatch is pretty much over this year, but you still might find a few big bugs crawling around the willows and bushes along the banks from Yankee Jim upstream. Going up into the Park could be a really good option if you want to throw big dries to hungry fish. Right on the tail of the Salmonflies are the Golden Stones, and there were a lot on the water last week up high. There are a lot of big fish getting pulled out these days. Take this one for instance:
Guide Ladd Hogue has been catching some really nice fish out of here lately. Book a trip with him and see for yourself!
There are lots of Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis and even some drakes on the water too. Lots of options for dry fly fishermen. You can fish PMDs early, and everything else as the day goes on. It's going to be a hot week and water temps are going to reflect that. Fish early and fish late. You may still find some fish in the middle of the day, but it'll be a lot better early and late.
Nymphing with dead drifted streamers, sculpin patterns, Rubberlegs, copper johns, lil spankers, big spankers, and caddis pupa will be good. Lots of anglers are fishing dry/dropper rigs and it's a great idea. You'll always catch more whitefish on a nymph rig, but it's still fun.
Things are really good over here right now, but with how the summer is shaping up it may not last as long as normal. Get out and enjoy it now. Call the shop at 406-587-9111 for the latest.