Yellowstone River

Cool nights and moderate daily temperatures have kept the Yellowstone’s water temperatures in check.  No “hoot owl” restrictions were needed through August, and it looks like we will be safe through September.  Although the water level is low, the fish are healthy and eating well.  As we approach autumn the fishing outlook for the rest of the year looks outstanding.  The fish are finally eating grasshoppers, try a small bead head dropper (I like a hare’s ear) fished 24 to 30 inches below the hopper for plenty of action.  Tricho spinner fishing in the morning is worth checking out, trail it behind a rusty parachute or Purple Haze to aid in visibility.  Nymph fishing has been productive, use a golden stone (Pat’s stone) and a small bead head, fished 3 to 4 feet below your indicator.  Fall streamer time is coming soon, so get your big rods and flies ready, come into the shop if you need supplies.