Flows are looking strong on the Yellowstone river (currently at 8,050 cfs), and will continue to drop steadily through the summer. It’s still a little off color, and seems to be taking it’s time kicking off the most recent mud plug, however, if thunderstorms abide the river will only gain more visibility in the upcoming days. Fishing lately has been solid, and with increasing visibility it is well on its way to exceptional. Expect to have to work for some fish, as the river is still a little fast, but they have been hitting dries selectively and nymphing has absolutely been producing fish. Additionally, right now is a perfect time to fish the big bug for you streamer junkies out there.
The conditions in the park are great and the fish are eating Slough creek and the Lamar river are fishing well as the water clears up. The Soda Butte is still dirty, but fish can still be caught.
The go to dry flies are PMD’s, caddis, Chubby Chernobyl , and Hoppers. Hopper/dropper rigs with a caddis nymphs have been productive. As for streamer fishing, stripping small sculpin patterns has been working well.
Yellowstone: Explosion Stone(#12) , Prince Nymphs(#12-10), Hare’s Ears(#12-10), Zirdle (#6), Chubby Sally (#14), Chubby Chernobyl – Gold, orange, purple (#12-10), Crystal simulator (#12-10).
YNP:Chubby Chernobyl – Gold, Orange (#12-10) Royal (#14-16), Purple Haze (#16), Ultra Caddis (#16), Royal Crystal Stimulator (#14-12), Sculpzilla – White, Olive (#4).
New Sweetwater Fly Shop team member Brad Hoss contributed to this report.