Rivers and Streams Running High

Yes, you can catch fish in dirty water!

Yes, you can catch fish in dirty water!

Wow, what a difference a week makes! The combination of hot weather and rain have totally blown out the major drainages in our area. The Yellowstone is running 3700 CFS (cubic feet per second) above average. The Clark’s Fork is 3000 above and the Stillwater is 500 above. Rock Creek and the West Rosebud are in better shape. Rock Creek is actually dropping due to the cool nights we’ve had the last few days. There is a little color to it, and wading is challenging, but it’s at least fishable. There are still some caddis around, but nymphing with big uglys is producing the best. Try a big prince nymph, size 12. Another great pattern that gets overlooked is the halfback nymph, also size 12 or even 10. Other nymphs to keep handy this time of year include girdle bugs, Montana stones and golden stones. Streamer fishing is producing as well, with black wooly buggers and yuk bugs leading the pack.

Lake fishing is turning on, but remember that the higher lakes are still frozen. Hogan, Luce and Newton in Wyoming are fishing well on bigger midge patterns. Usually, an Adams or similar dry will get eaten when fish are looking for midges on a lake. Sometimes skating it helps. Size 16 – 12 depending on the hatch. Any beadhead nymph dropped under an indicator will catch fish if you have the patience to wait and wait and wait….

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