Yellowstone River Report
The Yellowstone has still been producing solid results due to a great snow year. Plenty of cool oxygenated water running down from the mountains. The hopper bite is just starting and should improve in the coming weeks. The best fishing is still early in the morning. Hot days have pushed trout into the fast water so avoid the long frog water slicks right now and look for the riffles. There are still some nocturnal stones down low and dry fly fishing is good at dawn down there with rubber legs underneath producing some fish.
The Month Ahead:
The current conditions will hold out for the next few weeks. Trout will transition more to terrestrials on the surface and the standard nymphing patterns will hold out underneath. The most important factor is time of day and water temps. If hot days persist get up early and fish the fast water.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Yellowstone should be a great option in the fall. As temperatures drop trout will move back into the slower slicks, eddies and glides and the small mayfly fishing will improve over baetis and the random drakes. October fishing is always solid on the stone to aggressive browns.