Monthly Archives: July 2013
Dry fly fishing with big rubber leg stone fly patters has worked well this last week. Some action on PMD’s in the morning. The Yellowstone cleared up for a couple of days. Fish were eating the big dry there, too. I don’t trust the clarity of the ‘Stone yet. It got dirty again the day after we fished it. Should be clear again by now and will probably stabilize this week.
The Stilly is dropping and very clear above the Rosebud convergence. Fish are starting to eat the big bug on top. Golden Stone patterns produced well in the afternoon today. Any beadhead I tried as a dropper got eaten. Slow in the morning, good fishing in the afternoon. Goodbye bobbers, it’s stonefly time. Good numbers of PMD’s around, but still too high and fast to effectively fish them. Try a yellow stimulator with a beadhead zug bug dropper.
Be warned that wade fishing is very tough and boat fishing is very fast. Not a good idea for novice boaters to attempt yet.
The upper Stilly is high and clear. Wade fishing will be difficult, if not impossible. Boat fishing is good. The water is high and very fast, as it always is this time of year. Look for it to drop daily. Nymphing with golden stone patterns is working well and streamer fishing is fair. The ‘Stone is also dropping, but dirty due to rain in the Shields River drainage. It should clear in the next few days. Time to get off your a– and go fishing!