The gears of another July in Yellowstone are swiftly turning and in the blink of an eye it will be fall! If you've been keeping up with our reports thus far and have been on the fence about getting out, this is your sign! Take advantage of the perfect temps and abundant sunshine; go find some happy rising trout!
The Yellowstone river has seen some fantastic dry fly fishing the past week, throughout the day. Fish are responding to 10-14 tan, pink, and root beer chubbies, salmonflies, goldens, waterwalkers, pmds, and caddis. If your drifts are getting refused, try sizing down or adding a subtle mayfly spinner or caddis dropper. Be sure to cover water and spend extra time observing at fishy-looking areas.
We begin to put the Madison, Firehole, and Gibbon on hold for the time being as water temperatures continue to rise. Just like the old farm dog on the front porch, it's time to let those trout chill out in the shade and get a break from the heat and fishing pressure.
The Gardiner and Gallatin are coming into their prime, and afternoon dry-dropper fishing can be very productive. Keep golden stones, salmon-flies, olive and yellow sallies, as well as a variety of mayflies and caddis size 14-18 stocked in your daypack. Prospecting with a single sz 14/16 purple haze parachute or other attractor dry is a fun way to look for players as well. Casting a single dry fly into those sneaky, hard-to-reach pockets might earn you the fish of the summer.
As for the Northeast corner, the Lamar, Soda Butte, and Slough Creek are all shaping up nicely. Prospecting the deeper buckets and runs with dry droppers rigs, and tossing single dry flys in the riffles or tight to the bank will help locate fish.
Most importantly, have fun, and be grateful to be in a beautiful place and out on the water! Take a couple extra minutes when arriving to the river to look around for birds, bugs, rising fish, etc, and flip over some rocks. All of these can clue you in to the environment and help match the hatch. Good luck!