Water Temperatures Falling

Henry got 'er done, too. Not many fish, but quality!

Henry got ‘er done, too. Not many fish, but quality!

Big Jim caught a couple of nice ones in hot water. That's a happy angler.

Big Jim caught a couple of nice ones in hot water. That’s a happy angler.

Water temps on the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers are falling. Cooler daytime temperatures and cool nights in the high country are helping out. Fishing has been tough due to the higher water temperatures the last few days. The Yellowstone suffered from some muddy conditions late last week as well.

Hopper fishing has been slow. You need to go deep with a double nymph rig to get any action. Hopefully, the lower temps and clear water will turn that around. Tricos are out early this year, and some fish are on the spinner in the slicks. Very technical fishing with size 22 and smaller bugs, but rising fish will make a mistake and take a bigger parachute once in a while. Trail a Trico spinner behind a size 16 rusty dun and see which gets eaten. The most productive flies lately have been:

Hare’s Ear, size 14

Prince Nymph, 14

Pepperoni Yuk Bug, 10

Halfback, 10, 12

Foam hoppers, peach, size 8

Be patient. You will take a couple of nice fish if you stick with it.

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