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!

Mud Tomorrow?

RadarIt’s raining hard here at the shop right now. Looking at the radar, it doesn’t appear to be as bad up in the Paradise Valley, but there are a couple of yellow spots up near Gardiner. And you know what that can mean. Check back tomorrow before you choose your float. There will be clearer water somewhere, and we’ll do our best to find it for you.

Steady As She Goes

The Yellowstone River continues to fish well, both on and under the surface. Some anglers have been having great days, and for others it’s been a bit tougher. No particular stretch of river has been a consistent winner.  On the bright sunny days, you might want to get an early start. Yesterday, even the whitey bite shut down in the mid-afternoon. As far as what to tie on your leader, King Princes, Rubberlegs, purple Psycho Princes, Hare’s Ears, CDC Pheasant Tails, red and black Copper Johns, and Lightning Bugs have been go-to nymphs. Hoppers have been picking up fish, especially out east of Livingston. A few of our favorites are the Morrish Hopper, More-Or-Less Hopper, and the Thunder Thighs Hopper. Any of the above nymphs could be tied on as a dropper. Chubby Chernobyls have also continued to fish well, as have JC Specials, Parachute Madam Xs, yellow and royal Stimulators, ant patterns, lime Neversink Trudes, and Yeager’s 409s. A smaller streamer, such as a Zonker or Sparkle Minnow, is another good choice for a dropper underneath a Chubby or bigger hopper. It’s kind of a crap shoot out there right now. Experiment with different flies and techniques until you hit on the combination of the day.

Download Our Mobile App

App3Want to be able to check the Yellowstone River Report on the road? That’s just the beginning, when it comes to our new mobile app. We’ve been working hard over the last couple of months to make the app a useful tool for planning your trip to the Yellowstone River, whether you fish it weekly or it’s your first time. It’s got weather forecasts, GPS points for fishing accesses on the Yellowstone, Boulder, and Stillwater Rivers, as well as for places to eat and stay in the Livingston area, a hatch chart, links to river flow gauges, and much more. It’s now live for both Android devices and the iPhone. Click here to download the app for Android. Click here to download the app for the iPhone. Oh, yeah. It’s free! Please let us know what you think, particularly suggestions we might incorporate in future updates. GoogleAppStoreAnd send us your fish photos (from the Your Pictures tab in the app) and we might just add them to the gallery.

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