The entire Park is finally open to fishing. The last traces of the Salmon Flies are from Hayden Valley to the Lake. The Lamar is in great shape now and is slowly dropping each day. The dry fly action is just beginning but it will increase fast. The Drakes are hatching on Slough and the Lamar. The meadows are filled with hoppers and we are seeing flying ants crawling in the trees. It won’t be long until they are eating terrestrials. The west side of the Park has shifted into PMD season and evening caddis. Stimulators are a good match now for a double fly rig.
FLY PATTERN SUGGESTIONS
Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 18-20, Quigley’s Cluster: 16-20-24, Matt’s Midge: 20-24, Biot Midge: 20-22, Purple Haze: 14-16-18: HiVis Paraemerger BWO: 16-18, HiVis Parachute BWO: 18-20-22, Ex-Body BWO: 16-18-20, Film Critic BWO: 16-18-20, Last Chance PMD: 16-18-20, Hackle Stacker PMD: 16-18-20, Tilt Wing Dun PMD: 16-18-20, Elk Hair Caddis, Tan: 12-14-16, Cutters E/C Caddis, Tan: 14-16, Snowshoe Caddis, Tan: 14-16-18, Headlight Sally: 14-16-18, Slow Water Sally: 14, Never Sink Sally: 14-16, Water Walker: 10-12-14, Yeager 409: 12-14-16, PMX: 8-10-12-14, Chubby; orange, gold, royal: 8-10-12-14,
Nymphs: Zebra Midge: 16-18-20, Purple Death: 14-16-18, BHFB Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 12-14-16, Dirty Bird, Hares Ear: 10-12-14-16, Grand Poopah, Tan: 14-16, Serengold, Tan: 12-14-16, Lil Spanker, Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16
Streamers: Zonker, Black: 4-6-8, Wooly Bugger, Black, Brown: 4-6, Simi Seal Leech: 8, Hale Bopp Leech: 8, GB Crystal Bugger, Black: 6-8-10
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