Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yellowstone National Park Firehole River- This river is too warm, and is not recommended for fishing. Gibbon River- Small attractor patterns has been the best way to fish this cooler running stream. Small aggressive browns will come up from deep holes and shadows to eat your royal wulff, grizzly wulff, or royal trude. Take notice which side of the bank has a bigger shadow, for the browns tend to hold in them. Madison- The best fishing continues to be during the last hour of light. Reoccurring reports of big fish steadily feeding on an adams irresistable or Jacklin's rusty spinner are coming through the shop. Nymphing a caddis puppae or a san juan worm below your dry are producing numerous trout. Yellowstone Lake- As of lately, we are not hearing many reports of people fishing the lake. I would expect woolly buggers to still be working along the shore's dropoff. Trolling large spoons and rapalas at slow speeds will attract those hungry cuts. Yellowstone River- The best time of day is in the morning when the wind is down. PMDs and caddis have been the flies on the surface. Another option for catching those big cuts is swinging either a black woolly bugger or an october caddis. Most fisherman aren't fishing the river to catch a lot of fish, but to catch a couple big ones. Lamar Valley- Hopper with a dropper is a great way to start your fishing venture when fishing the Lamar river or Slough creek. There might be some PMDs in the morning and caddis in the evenings. Be aware that part of Soda Butte is closed due to bear activity. Montana Gallatin River- Jacklin's spruce moth pattern is a must for dry fly fishing the Gallatin river. Caddis can also be seen buzzing around on calm warm evenings. Regarding sub-surface flies, copper johns, sparkle stones, and caddis emergers are great nymphs to drop below a dry fly. Hebgen Lake- The calibaetis hatch continues to be spotty from day to day. If the wind stays down and a great hatch comes off, you just might be in store for hours of incredible fishing. Tricos are also just starting to hatch, but the trout aren't fully keyed in on them yet. Between Hebgen and Quake- Caddis and rusty spinners have been on the surface for the most part. Near the inlet to Quake, calibaetis could be a wise choice in the late mornings. Salmonfly nymphs, san juan worms, or copper johns are great nymphs for this stretch of the river. Below Quake- The last hour of light is the best time to fish this section by far. Rusty spinners have been a great pattern for some big trout sipping on the surface. Pheasant tails and red caddis puppae are great nymphs to fish below your dry. Black ants work well mid day along with an H and L varient. Few fish are eating hoppers, but most of the trout haven't keyed in on them just yet. Idaho Henry's Lake- Reports of hundreds of fish are all congregated near the inlets all over the lake. The downside is that no one has found the secret pattern yet. Fisherman are catching between 1-5 fish on average within a half day of fishing. Woolly buggers are always the best choice early morning. Small flies like pheasant tails or hares ear work better mid day when the water begins to warm up. -Dillon Given

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