Check out Brewer’s fresh Yellowstone River fishing report, then get out there and fight off the Shack Nasties. Thanks, Brewer!
Fishing as of late has been fair to excellent! With the weather last night we may see a bit more color in the river but don’t worry, this provides perfect conditions for spring nymphing and streamer fishing. We are seeing more boats out each weekend and some real quality fish have been taken recently on streamers. Yellow, olive, white, and black are all productive colors right now but with water temps still relatively low making sure your presentation is getting deep and fishing it slow with a few jerks or strips here and there is imperative for tying into one of those larger fish. Nymphing is consistent and flies such as rubberlegs, 20 inchers, and larger stonefly imitations trailed by a larger midge pupa or larvae in a #16-18, or a small mayfly with a hot head or hot spot has been the best bet out there. Dead drifting streamers will be heating up here as well with flies like the McCune’s Sculpin (featured in our most recent tying video in our Fly Zone Blog) will be a hot ticket for some good action and quality fish. Dry fly fishing has been sporadic but productive with midges on the right day, so keep an eye on the banks and eddies for some fun action on the surface. A few BWOs have been spotted out there but we aren’t quite seeing enough for fish to be keying in on them. We hope you are all staying “socially distanced” and safe at this time, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and do some spring fishing!
(Recognize the fly in the photo? It’s the Get It Down Pat’s that Brewer demonstrated in a Fly Tying Corner video just the other day!)
A few of our favorite flies right now:
Dries: Eric’s Midge, Parachute Adams, Griffith’s Gnat, Renegade #16-20
Nymphs: Rubberlegs Stonefly, 20 Incher, TJ Hooker #6-10 Three Dollar Dip, Zebra Midge, Brassie #16-20 Prince Nymph, CDC Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear #12-16
Streamers: Double Gonga, Sex Dungeon, Bevan Bean, McCune’s Sculpin, Sparkle Bugger0