Fishing reports from yesterday were quite good, at least until the wind came up in the afternoon. Folks were catching fish on salmonfly dries throughout the Paradise Valley. A big dry with a Rubberlegs or other large stonefly nymph dropper was a winning rig. Try an X-Fly Cat Puke, Irresistible Henry’s Fork Rubber Leg Special, Designated Hitter Salmonfly, Flutter Bug, or Orange Chubby Chernobyl as your point fly. To make your casting easier (and reduce leader twisting), go with a pretty stout tippet (e.g., 3x) with these big bugs. Then about 3 feet of tippet off of that to your nymph dropper. Run that rig right near the bank and get ready for action.
As we mentioned yesterday, salmonflies are far from the only bugs that are out on the Yellowstone River right now. It’s a regular insect smorgasbord out there. So don’t be afraid to switch it up if you’re not having success with the big stoneflies. On the other hand, seeing a nice sized fish come up and smash your size 6 dry is a treat. So you might want to commit to throwing a giganta-dry. Choices, choices!0