If you’re hardy enough to be heading out today, you may have to do a bit of searching for clear water in the Yellowstone River. It’s out there, but you’re probably going to have to go downstream of Livingston to find it. As you might imagine, the upper river is getting pretty muddy. The webcam at Pine Creek was looking good early this morning, but it now (~8:00) looks like the chalky water has arrived. All that said, the fishing has been surprisingly good the last couple of days. So if you’re up for a day in the chilly rain, you might be rewarded. Hoppers probably won’t do it for you today. But smaller attractor dries still might. And it should be a good streamer day, whether you’re stripping or dead-drifting the big stuff. So suit up in your layers, rain gear, and waders. And give it a try.

Yes, our regular free Saturday BBQ is a go for this evening (5:30-7:30). So stop by, grab a burger or a braut, and warm yourself up in the shop. And barring lightning, we’ll go ahead with our free Intermediate/Advanced casting clinic at 4:00. If you want to take your casting to the next level, this clinic is for you. Give us a call at 222-9393 if you’re planning on coming, or just show up. A little rain won’t stop Sweetwater Fly Shop!

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.

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