Enough, Already!

Yes, there’s more mud in the Yellowstone River this morning. Right now, it’s up high, between Carbella and 26 mile. We won’t pass on how the color was described to us. Let’s just say that it’s not fishable. So stay down lower in the Paradise Valley, or go below Livingston. If you go below town, keep an eye open for standing waves – some down there (such as the one above Springdale) have gotten bigger with the lower flows. The good news is that the hopper bite is getting more consistent, if not yet spectacular. Especially in the afternoons. Though the forecasted cooler temps and rain later in the week likely won’t help with that. Chubby Chernobyls are still getting eaten, as are ants. There aren’t many caddis around anymore, but fish are still taking caddis patterns on top. Go figure. Other than that, run through your arsenal of attractors large and small, and your standard dropper nymphs. A King Prince picked up some fish yesterday, all natives, though some were released without fanfare, if you know what I mean. Check back tomorrow; every day’s an adventure this summer.

Addendum: The river is clearing at Carbella and is clear above Yankee Jim Canyon. So it’s just a short mud plug. If you’re heading out this afternoon, you could go above it, rather than risk getting caught lower down.

A Good Day to Fish!

The Yellowstone River is looking very good this morning. It’s clear up above Emigrant, it’s clear in Livingston, it looks clear on the web cam at Pine Creek. We haven’t heard any reports from down below Livingston yet, but it was clear in town last night, so I wouldn’t expect any trouble below town today. All that to say, you should go fishing today. And you can choose your float (or wading spot) at will. Grab your hopper box, stop by Sweetwater Fly Shop to grab a few flies (and a free muffin) and get out there. The fishing has been good to great the last couple of days, so expect to boat some trout. I won’t go back through the litany of flies that you might tie on; you can look back at some of our previous posts for advice, or stop by the shop and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. And be sure to stop in on your way home for a free burger and some liquid refreshment. It’s BBQ night tonight, from 5:30 to 7:30.

Looks Good

The Yellowstone River is relatively clear in the Paradise Valley this morning, especially up high. Six Mile Creek is still dumping some mud in above Emigrant, but the river remains fishable down towards Livingston. Fishing in the evening yesterday was quite good, and we expect today to be a good one. It’s time to try some hopper fishing. I’d still go relatively small (say, a size 10) with your hopper, and maybe start with yellow. If that’s not getting attention from the trout, by all means try some different colors and/or patterns. Some we like are the Morrish Hopper, the Thunder Thighs Hopper, the More-Or-Less Hopper, and the Panty-Dropper Hopper (yes, you read that correctly). Run a dropper, either a smaller dry or a nymph, and double your chances. Ants are still getting it done, either in black or cinnamon. JC Specials, Sweetwater McDougalls, Neversink Trudes, and Yeager’s 409s are among the dries that are worth trying. As far as nymphs go, no need to go wild. A CDC Pheasant Tail fooled a 22″ brown on one of our guide trips yesterday. Copper Johns, King Princes, Rubberlegs, or purple or blue Holo Princes and Psycho Princes, if you want to try something in a color that doesn’t really occur in nature, but which the trout seem to love. If you’re not getting takes on the nymph, try adjusting the depth of your dropper. Take the opportunity to fish while you can. And cross your fingers that it doesn’t rain hard up high today and mess things up for the weekend.

Go East

Muddy WaterIt seems like most of our posts lately have concerned the location of mud. Today’s no exception. We’ve got mud throughout the Paradise Valley this morning, from Gardiner down to Livingston. So you should head downstream of town if you want to find clear water. The good news is that hoppers have been picking up a good number of trout down there. Though with today’s cloudy skies and cool temperatures, you may want to try something else. Maybe a dark-colored streamer, dead-drifted or stripped. How about a Conehead Sparkle Minnow in peacock? Or an olive Zonker? Ants and beetles have also been doing well on top. Tomorrow might be tough, so get out today if you can. Bring your rain gear and make a day of it.

Mud Report

As expected, we’ve got some mud in the Yellowstone River this morning. Coffee with cream, unfishable mud. Our reports indicate that it’s bad at Emigrant, down through Livingston. We haven’t heard anything from east of town yet. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the water is clearer at Carbella and up above Yankee Jim Canyon. Clearer, not clear. Green, with about a foot and a half of visibility. But definitely fishable. So you might want to try up high today. Somewhere between Gardiner and 26 Mile. And get there relatively soon, as there might be another round of mud on its way down from the park. Try some big and dark nymphs or streamers in the cloudy water – easier for the fish to spot. Some nice fish have been landed on streamers lately, both stripped and dead-drifted. Give it a try, stop in at Sweetwater Fly Shop on your way up to get the latest intel. And stop by on your way back this evening (5:30-7:30) for free burgers, brauts, and beverages. It’s BBQ night!

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