Sweetwater Fly Shop guide Beau Peavey is helping father and son Sime and Caton get into some nice trout on hoppers during their float on the Yellowstone River today, as evidenced by the beautiful cuttbow in the photo above. You want the freshest fishing reports? We’ve got ’em! We weren’t sure if the warmer weather would wake up the grasshoppers, but apparently it has. Tomorrow is going to be a bit cooler, and maybe rainy in the afternoon, but it should still be worth it to bring your big dry fly box with you on your float or wade this weekend. The change in weather should also bring back the baetis (blue-winged olive) mayflies that were hatching in good numbers on some stretches of the Yellowstone River last weekend (see the video below for a look at my “success” at finding a good baetis hatch last Sunday). Stop by Sweetwater Fly Shop and we’ll point out some of our favorite hopper and/or blue-winged olive patterns.
I’ve been fishing streamers pretty hard recently, without a whole lot of stunning success. I’ve landed a few solid fish while stripping various streamer patterns, but nothing huge or in good numbers yet (see the second video below for a look at one of the nicer fish I’ve boated). We have had some good reports of folks dead-drifting Zonkers and sculpin patterns. Again, we’d expect the upcoming cooler, cloudier weather and the turning of the calendar page to encourage the trout to be more aggressive when it comes to streamers. I expect to keep stripping the big “bugs” myself. Hope reigns eternal!
Fall fishing is probably our favorite season here at Sweetwater Fly Shop. So many options! Don’t miss out on the “guides’ secret” season. Get out there now before the snow starts flying, your rod’s guides start icing up, and slow and deep is your only option!0