Hopper Time on the Yellowstone

We’re having a real hopper season on the Stone for the first time in three years! Trout are active due to plenty of water and cool nights. The banks are full of hoppers. A couple of windy days this week really got the bite going, blowing bugs into the river.

Look for tricos in the mornings. Some fish are taking the spinners in the slicks and tail-outs. We turned a big brown two days ago with a #18 double trico spinner. Got to see him nose to tail. He came to his wits before eating it.

Droppers are hit and miss. Today was good on the prince. The dropper can be key during the lulls in hopper bite.

Good Bugs:

Yellowstoner (red leg) #12

Any peach foam hopper if it’s #10 to 12

Prince Nymph, #14

Hare’s Ear, #14

Some fall mayflies are starting to pop, but not a factor yet. Have seen a few ghost flies and grey duns already.

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