Fall is always a beautiful time on the Stone, even if it feels like summer. The fishing is all about the nymph. Fall baetis have not begun and tricos are long over. The best bets are pheasant tails and prince nymphs fished deep under an indicator. Look for the streamer fishing to pick up as the weather turns cooler and cloudy.
The Stillwater has risen a bit and is floatable. Again, nymphing is the best bet. Some baetis are around, but a tan elk hair caddis works best for a dry fly.
Rock Creek and it’s tributaries are fishing well on the elk hair caddis, too. Drop a size 16 pheasant tail about 16 inches off the caddis and increase your chances!
Fall colors are in full swing on the Stone.
Nice bull elk in the Reed Point area, Yellowstone River.
The last week was kind of brutal on the Yellowstone. Cloudy and windy alternating with sunny and windy. We are taking some fish on nymphs under a strike indicator, but the dry fly bite is off. We did manage to catch two 19 inch browns on two consecutive windy days. Both were on streamers on cloudy days, but fishing is overall slow. I’m looking forward to some cool, wet days to turn the dry fly action back on. In the meantime, hoppers are working very sporadically, but the big winners lately have been large meals, like yuk bugs, girdle bugs and wooly buggers.
Nice bow on a slow day of fishing. This one ate a hopper!
The fish are back on the feed with the return of clouds and cooler weather. Fish are hammering a hopper/dropper combo on both the Stillwater and Yellowstone. The Stilly is getting very bony for floating, perfect for wading. The trico action on the Stone was good this morning. Lots of spinners, clouds and cool weather. Check out this 18 incher Jon took on a size 22 trico! Dry fly fishing at it’s most technical on a wild freestone river. Three other boats on 14 miles of water…
Jon’s 18 incher on a 22 trico.
Ann killed it on the hopper.
Emily caught some nice fish on her first day of fly fishing!
Fish on the Yellowstone are hammering the hopper. The girls out fished
Julie caught two like this, plus a bunch of smaller trout!
the guys in my boat two days in a row.
Tucker ripped some brown trout lips yesterday!
Look at that huge Yellowstoner hanging from that 19 inch brown!
The hopper bite was excellent on the Yellowstone yesterday. Fish were chowing down a peach colored Yellowstoner. (That’s a big foam rubber leggy thing.) There were also fish rising on the flats and along the banks. Unusual on a hot, sunny day in August. We caught a couple on a #16 yellow parachute where we saw rising fish. No real hatch, just fish eating dead stuff in the surface film. A #14 pheasant tail dropper worked well until late afternoon, then it was all about the hopper!
Last week’s rain turned the Yellowstone into a muddy mess, leaving the Stillwater as the only option for float fishing. All that is behind us, now! The ‘Stone cleared enough to fish yesterday and continued to clear throughout the day. Nymph fishing was good, hopper fishing was fair and the streamer bite was slow. The Stillwater is fishing well on small dry flies and nymphs. The hopper bite is spotty. With the return of cooler weather next week, look for more tricos, yellow duns and caddis to compliment the hopper bite.
First fish on a fly rod for all three of these happy anglers this week!
Pouring rain all day? No problem! The fish are already wet.
The last few days of cool, wet weather offered some good fishing on the Stillwater and Yellowstone. Fish were eating both the hopper and bead head dropper with gusto. Smaller hopper patterns are working best. A royal Madam X or Parahopper are the best bets. Standard fare, like Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymphs are producing. Today was tough on the Yellowstone. Higher barometric pressure and sun had the fish off their feed. As the hotter weather sets in and stabilizes, the hopper bite should stabilize as well. There are some tricos around on the Yellowstone, for you dry fly specialists. Pods of fish are rising in the foam and current lines in the mornings.
Nice Stillwater brown on the Madam X.
Beautiful four foot bullsnake on the Stillwater. Amazing animal.
It’s August and the heat is on. Hopper fishing is good on the Yellowstone. Morning and afternoon are very active, slow when the sun is at zenith. On the hottest days of summer, Rock Creek and other small mountain streams are the place to be! Good fishing, shade and cool water. Fish are eating small hopper patterns and elk hair caddis on top. The Copper John in size 16 is very productive.
Nice fat Brookie at an undisclosed location on Rock Creek today.
Trout on the Yellowstone are definitely looking up for a big dry fly to fill up on! Stonefly season is transitioning nicely into hopper season. I’m still leaning toward the stonefly colors, like gold or brown. Having said that, we’ve been catching fish on peach the last couple of days (peach is more a hopper color). The usual suspects are working for a dropper: prince, pheasant tail, hare’s ear, etc. Streamers are working well on the windy, stormy days. Green crystal flash wooly buggers seem to be working best. The big stonefly nymphs, like a girdle bug, are still producing fished under an indicator.
Rock Creek is fishing great on smaller stonefly and hopper patterns: Madam X, parachute hoppers, trudes, etc.
Jeanie’s first fish on a fly rod!
Julie caught this nice rainbow on a hopper.
The Yellowstone has finally cleared up again. Fishing is good on the dry-dropper set up. A big stonefly imitation on top with a beadhead underneath got fairly ripped up on Thursday. The Stillwater is dropping fast. Wade fishing is getting better, with more riffles and other fishy features becoming evident. I’m still using the stonefly/beadhead combo. The big dry is getting eaten in the morning. Sunny afternoons are fishing best on the beadhead dropper. Look for the fish to get back on the dry in late afternoon, especially when the storms start to roll in.
Best flies are the yellow stimulator, tan otter hopper, and brown yellowstoner for the dry. Pheasant tails and prince nymphs are good bets for the dropper.
Nice Yellowstone rainbow on the otter hopper.
This brown ate the yellowstoner on the Stillwater! Is that legal?