Fishing on the Yellowstone River is getting really good, despite the lack of significant numbers of salmonfly adults so far! We’ve seen, and had reports of, a few big stoneflies in the air recently, salmonflies and goldenstones, but the best is yet to come. In the meantime, the trout are already looking up, and the dry fly fishing has been on fire at times! Lots of nice fish have been succumbing to relatively large Chubby Chernobyls (say, size 8) in various colors, despite the lack of big bugs hitting the water just yet. The guys also saw a ton of PMD mayflies in the town stretch last night, and the fish were munching. And big (size 4-8), dark colored stonefly nymphs should vacuum up fish along the banks. If you wanna get sneaky, try floating an ant behind that Chubby. The water is about perfect, with a green tinge (“green is good”) and otherwise clear. Really the only mistake you could make right now is to not fish the Yellowstone! Stop by Sweetwater Fly Shop and we’ll be more than happy to set you up or admire your fish pics!
[Updated – Mollie had crazy good PMD dry fly fishing floating Point of Rocks to Emigrant yesterday in the pouring rain!]