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!

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.

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