Saturday, August 2, 2014

Fishing Warm Evenings

Yellowstone National Park Firehole River- The water is too warm for fishing the Firehole River. Gibbon River- The faster moving water below Gibbon falls and just above Gibbon falls is fishing the best. Royal wulffs in a size 12 or 14 work very well when fished behind fallen logs and rocks. The meadows still hold a lot of browns, but is more technical fishing and may be difficult for novice fisherman. Madison River- Nymphing has been very productive with a san juan worm or a copper john. The caddis hatch has been prevalent in the evenings in a size 14 or 16 in brown or white. The Madison hasn't been one of the better fishing rivers lately, but fisherman can still expect to catch a few nice sized browns and rainbows. Yellowstone Lake- The best fishing has been from a boat or float tube, although people are still catching few from the shore with spinners and woolly buggers. If you were to fish Yellowstone Lake, it is best early in the morning when the sun is just rising. Yellowstone River- Fishing has been fair for those who are experienced and know how to make a decent cast. PMD's in the late morning have been the best way to fish the river since the salmonflys have moved through. Few remaining golden stones still flutter around along with size 12 and 14 yellow sallys. Slough Creek- Small attractor patterns like a royal wulff or an orange stimulator usually bring up the trout. Also, a parachute adams have proven productive for those especially choosey fish. Lamar River- PMDs hatch well in the morning along with few green drakes. Watch out for rain storms, for the river may become murky shortly after a passing storm. Montana- Gallatin River- Caddis hatches in the evenings have been great starting around 7:30 pm. Nymphing is a successful way of fishing this river mid day. Sparkle stones, copper johns, and Jacklin's salmonfly nymph are great patterns for attracting those wild rainbows and browns. Hebgen Lake- Calibaetis hatches have been coming off strongly on bright sunny days without wind. The hatch will continue to get better and better as the days go on. Woolly buggers are still catching trout when the wind is up or there isn't a hatch coming off. Between the Lakes- Spruce moths are beginning their annual hatch so a Jacklin's spruce moth is an excellent fly for this stretch of the Madison river. Caddis also have been hatching in the evenings, and common nymph patterns such as prince nymohs and pheasant tails are catching sizeable rainbows and browns. Below Quake Lake- The caddis hatches have been spotty, but if you can hit the hatch on a good sunny calm evening, the fishing can be incredible. Iris caddis and X- caddis are always great patterns for this strech, along with a three dollar serendipity. Idaho Henry's Lake- With each passing warm day, the fishing gets a little better. The water continues to warm up, forcing the fish to move closer to the lake's inlets. Olive and brown crystal buggers work well early morning, and as the day goes on, size 12 phesant tail and copper johns attract the cutthroat. The weeds are pretty high now so it is important to find channels where there are less weeds. -Dillon Given- Fly Casting Lessons are now from 7:00-8:00 for the rest of the summer

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