Yellowstone River, 6/25/2012

On Monday we decided to brave the mighty winds and got a boat out on the Bird Float (Grey Owl to Mallards Rest).  The river was running 9,700 c.f.s at Corwin Springs, and the water was 57 degrees when we put on at noon.  Water clarity was not the best, probably 1.5 to 2 feet, but that did not stop the fish from eating.  We saw some adult Salmon Flies by the RV park, but the wind was gusting so strong (35 mph+), that we decided to stick to dead drifted streamers and nymphs.   The top producing flies were the Pearl Zonker, Conehead Yuk Bug, and the King Prince.  The fish were on the banks, in the soft water.  There were also some fish eating dry flies, we did not try for them, but a person who fished the river the day before we did said that the Film Critic in the Grey Drake color was producing fish well.  The long wait for run off is coming to an end!  Start getting excited, and get out there when the opportunity presents itself.

Kacey Batchelder with a nice Yellowstone Brown Trout.


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