Big Sky Anglers Weekly Fishing Report – August 22, 2019

Big Sky Anglers Weekly Fishing Report – August 22, 2019

Summertime flooded over West Yellowstone in all its glory this past week. Afternoons have been nice and warm, and the hopper action continues to amaze us all. Aside from the fishing, we’ve been rather entertained listening to all the local guides bicker over which hopper imitation or color they think is the best. These perfect summer conditions have made a late appearance this year, and may only last a few weeks before we transition into fall, so don’t hesitate to skip work (or quit work)  and take advantage of it. Sunny days are the name of the game, and don’t stay home just because a bit of wind might be in the forecast!

Lastly, keep in mind that warm and dry air are conditions set the stage for dehydration. Even for those who don’t venture far from the vehicle, take the time to pack water and drink enough throughout the day to stay hydrated. Maintaining fluids and nutrition can be the difference maker in comfort level, performance while on the water, and energy levels for tomorrow’s fishing.

Read on to see our take on this week’s fishing, and check out the links below to stay current on area forecasts and flows. Stay tuned as we report each week on hatches, flows, weather, and more. For the most up to date info stop by the shop, give us a call, or drop us a line.

West Yellowstone Forecast

MT Streamflows

ID Streamflows

Henry’s Fork

The terrestrial fishing switch is currently set to the ON position throughout the Ranch. Flying ants are increasing by the day and hoppers are abundant. Look to throw small hoppers, ants, and beetles especially during the breezy afternoons. Observe the wind’s direction, where it is blowing the bugs, and where they are landing on the water. If there are current seams where bugs are consistently landing, fish may be holding in those lanes and looking up. Caddis hatches have also been consistent. CDC Caddis and various emerger patterns in sizes 14-18 have been productive. Spinner falls are still happening here and there, so be on the lookout for PMD and callibaetis spinners on the water.

Don’t overlook other sections on the Upper Henry’s Fork, including the Box Canyon. Rubber legs, red zebra midges, caddis pupa, and mayfly nymphs are generally a solid combination at any point of the year in this section. Larger foam dry flies in the 8 to 12 size range and caddis dries can bring some surface excitement if you get tired of hooking fish underneath.

Yellowstone National Park

Expect vehicular traffic to die down this week with school starting back up in most places. The Northeast Corner remains the most consistent area for fishing in the Park, and for those looking to add a native Yellowstone Cutthroat to their lifetime “catch list”, now is the time. The big furry critters have really been on the move lately, so carry bear spray and maintain proper bear country practices as well as respecting any and all wildlife you might be fortunate enough to experience.

 The Northeast Corner

Dry weather this past week kept the flows and clarity on the Lamar River consistent. Thunderstorms in July and early August caused variation in fishing conditions, but every time the river came back into shape the fish were looking to eat on top!

Slough Creek and Soda Butte are fishing quite well, but the fish may be a little picky. PMD and Epeorious spinner fall could still occur in the morning on sunny days. Crippled PMDs and rusty spinners along with an assortment of hoppers and flying ants, will serve you well.  The biggest challenge will not be finding fish, or avoiding other anglers, but finding sections of creek where the bison herds aren’t setting up shop.  Only in Yellowstone!!

The Yellowstone River

The Upper Yellowstone is showing glimpses of its former glory this summer. There are plenty of fish still remaining in the river, it’s just a matter of finding them, and if technical dry fly antics are your thing, the Stone is the Zone. Looking for heads during morning spinner falls and evening caddis hatches. For those of you that haven’t already guessed, terrestrials such as hoppers and flying ants can be solid options as well.

The Gallatin River

With higher daytime temperatures the Gallatin may turn on earlier in the day than in previous weeks. This river runs colder than most others in the area, yet daytime heat may have been enough to keep it warm enough to fish dry flies before noon. Hopper-dropper rigs off of the banks, seams, and pockets will a solid bet for picking up a few of the Gallatin’s resident chunky, spunky, silver bullet rainbows. Look for PMDs and caddis to make appearance throughout the day, too, depending on weather conditions.

In previous weeks I mentioned there were regular sightings of two grizzlies near Bacon Rind Creek. There has also been a grizzly bear seen near Specimen Creek; so keep an eye out for it. We haven’t heard of recent encounters with these bears but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in the area.

Blue Squiggly lines…

This has become one of the more popular parts of the weekly fishing report. Many of you have come in the shop expressing interest in venturing to one of the countless blue squiggly lines visible on a YNP map.  Exploring the backcountry is a true joy and we are glad to know that others share our passion for it.

This week’s challenge is the “Yellowstone Native Trout Slam.”      To complete the challenge, you must catch all four of the native game fish species listed in the Yellowstone National Park Fishing Regulations –  Yellowstone Cutthroat, Westslope Cutthroat, Mountain Whitefish, and Arctic Grayling. For anglers that catch all four and can provide photo evidence of capture will receive a 15% discount for one purchase in the shop. The fish must be clearly identifiable in the photos, handled properly (keep ‘em wet), and cutthroat rainbow hybrids (aka cuttbows) do not count. All fish must be caught within the Park’s boundary and native fish caught from any legal fishery within the Park count.

For those that take up this challenge, please take extra care of the Park’s native fish species when handling and releasing them.

Madison River

Hoppers, hoppers, hoppers, hoppers, hoppers, and… HOPPERS! It’s literally hopper mayhem on the 50 Mile Riffle.  Sizes vary from small to giant and patterns in all sizes and colors seem to be producing on any given day. There is potential for solid hopper fishing well into September (fingers crossed). Throw your bugs close to the bank or fish them midriver.  The fish are on the hunt.

Flying ant flights have also exploded on the Madison this past week. A small ant fished solo or trailed off of the back of a hopper could be the ticket to board the train. Keep an eye out for the ever-present caddis in the evenings as well.

An upside of a wet/cool summer with limited fires has keep the skies clear and smokeless offering an incredible view of the mountains surrounding the Madison Valley. Few drifts are as scenic as a float on the Madison River.

Hebgen Lake

Gulper enthusiasts rejoice, Callibaetis action has picked up this past week. Warmer temps gave this hatch a major boost and now they seem to be popping regularly. Stillwater anglers have been consistently reporting getting numerous good shots at fish. Stable weather patterns and nighttime lows in the 40s are in the forcast into early next week, so expect the dry fly action to remain consistent or improve.  Gulper fishing is never a slam dunk, though.  Bring your skills and long leaders.  Leaders in the 12’-18’ range are not uncommon amongst regular Hebgen anglers targeting late summer fish on top.

Missouri River

Consistently warm weather is in the forecast and should provide peak conditions for trico action in the mornings. PMDs and callibaetis are still present as well. In the evening, be on the lookout for PEDs (Pale Evening Duns, not the Barry Bonds variation) as trout will key in on those morsels. When rising to mayfly spinners, fish may become selective, and having patterns that imitate exactly the form they are eating is a must. When the dry bite is slow don’t hesitate to nymph small flies deep or strip small streamers in the mornings and evenings.

BSA Guide Greg Falls has openings here and there and few know the Missouri better than he does. Whether you are an experienced fly fisher who wants to learn the Missouri, a traveling angler, or a beginner Greg Falls and our Missouri River guide staff are here to help you fulfill your goals. Call the shop for details!

Big Sky Anglers Weekly Fishing Report – August 15, 2019

Big Sky Anglers Weekly Fishing Report – August 15, 2019

Time has been flying by and we find ourselves in mid-August—Already?! Mother nature has been kind to Yellowstone Country anglers the past few summers in regard to water conditions, and the trend continues. This summer has been marked by chilly mornings, wet afternoons, and lush green hillsides rather than a smoky horizon and statewide “Hoot-Owl” restrictions on many of our main stem rivers. Get out on the water, this isn’t your typical August!

The past few days has brought drier weather as it hasn’t rained… as much. The terrestrial action is rolling across the region, bringing “fair” to “excellent” results for those who venture to the stream bank. Caddis remains a constant and Epeorus Mayfly hatches have lingered due to cool and wet conditions. On heavily pressured streams don’t be afraid to downsize to smaller flies. Even with favorable conditions it’s still fly fishing in August. The “A” in August means bring you’re “A Game” because the fishing can be challenging at times.

Fall fishing is right around the corner, which for many fly fishers is primetime for Southwest Montana and YNP fisheries. The tourist crowd will die down post-Labor Day opening up the roads from the intense traffic seen in the summer. This Fall stop by the shop early in the morning for any gear and/or tackle needs. Fish hard during the day, come back by the shop in the evening to swap stories, and top it off with a pizza at Wild West while watching Post-Season Baseball—which will hopefullyinclude the St. Louis Cardinals making a run at their 12th World Series Title. It’s been a stellar season thus far and much more is still to come. Stay tuned!

Read on to see our take on this week’s fishing, and check out the links below to stay current on area forecasts and flows. Stay tuned as we report each week on hatches, flows, weather, and more. For the most up to date info stop by the shop, give us a call, or drop us a line.

Stay tuned as we report each week on hatches, flows, weather, and more. For the most up to date info stop by the shop, give us a call, or drop us a line.

West Yellowstone Forecast

MT Streamflows

ID Streamflows

Henry’s Fork

It’s time for hoppers and flying ants on the Railroad Ranch. Breezy days will help blow hoppers onto the water inspiring the fish to lookup. Take the time to watch how the wind is blowing them onto the water and where they are landing. The fish will move into these lanes if they are actively on the hopper bite. Keep an eye on them when they land on the water, an aggressive splash may follow.

Honey ants should be showing up at any time. Flying-ant patterns are a must-have when venturing to this section. Keep an assortment of caddis and PMDs on hand as there are still multiple windows throughout the day a hatch could go off. Anglers have been reporting consistent caddis hatches busting off regularly in the evenings.

Flows coming out of Island Park Reservoir have remained constant around 1,000 cfs. Box Canyon remains a staple andrumor has it that fish will still take goldenstone patterns. Rubber legs, zebra midges, caddis pupa, and heavy weighted mayfly nymphs remain as reliable options for subsurface flies.

Yellowstone National Park

For those who are making the trip into the Park, consider going through the gate prior to 7:30 am to avoid traffic. Once the daily crowd hits animal jams and slowing moving lines of cars will rule the roadways. After Labor Day passes the roadways will start to clear up, making a trip through the Park less of a hassle.

Northeast Corner

The Lamar was running “chocolate” for much of the past week as a result of rainfall. It doesn’t take much to muddy-up this river making it unfishable as a result. Check the weather forecast daily as conditions can and will change at any time. Hopper-dropper rigs can offer steady action throughout the day basically everywhere in YNP (and outside of the Park, for that matter). Slough Creek will generally run clear, even if the Lamar and Soda Butte are off color and high.

PMDs have been present in the morning and they’ve proven to be willing to rise to eat a well-presented terrestrial pattern throughout mid-day (shocker).

If the fish seemed to be tucked to the bottom and unwilling to move up to eat flashy and/or white streamers have proven to be effective. Remember to pack bear spray and respect the wildlife.

Yellowstone River

The flows continue to drop naturally as the river exits Yellowstone Lake and enters Hayden Valley. Generally, this is the month where fish start to exit the river and move back into the lake. With this being a highwater year more fish may linger in the stream longer than normal. Look for caddis, PMDs, and terrestrials. The fish are a little trickier than they were a month ago during the opener so don’t be surprised if enticing a larger cutthroat proves to be a challenge.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin has really come into stride this week. It has been running fairly clear this past week as there hasn’t been as much rain to turn it off color. Hoppers, flying ants, PMDs, and Caddis are all available food sources currently. The Gallatin generally fishes better later in the day after water temperatures have warmed up a bit. The chilly water in the morning generally makes the fish a little lethargic during the day. The standard warning of bears and moose chilling in the willows remains in place. Carry bear spray, make noise, and if possible, bring a fishing buddy to cover your bases. There have been regular sightings of two grizzlies near Bacon Rind Creek throughout the last couple of weeks.

Blue Squiggly Lines…

By August most of the mainstem rivers and well-known fisheries have seen countless fly anglers. We are fortunate to have these places to fish that can support mass numbers sport fishermen and women. But it isn’t the worst idea in the world to get off the beaten path and find new waters. I won’t provide specific names or locations in this report for such an endeavor. Check out last week’s report for my challenge in finding new park waters to fish. Half the fun of getting outside is the adventure and thrill of experiencing new place.

For anyone that takes up this challenge: please take extra care of these fisheries and treat them with respect. Let’s keep these wild and unique places wild and unique!

Madison River

Last week I compared Madison River to LeBron James. In continuing the sports analogy trend, this week the Madison River fished like Tim Tebow played for the Denver Broncos in 2011. Not good early but fantastic later in the day when the “game” is on the line, or more simply inconsistent. When the hopper fishing turns on the action is consistent for a handful of windows throughout the day. The fish have become finicky and it’s not uncommon for them to conduct a congressional-like investigation before a commitment to eat or refuse a fly.

Caddis hatches are still a regular occurrence. Stonefly patterns can still provide a solid option to tie on and are perfect to be paired with a heavy tungsten nymph in a dry-dropped system. Don’t be afraid to branch out to new spots on this river. The wade fishing access is excellent even throughout the seemingly flatter water of the float section. They call it the “50 Mile Riffle” for a reason!

Hebgen Lake

It’s mid-August and that means it’s prime Gulper time! The weather forecast is looking less unsettled in the coming week. That should improve what has already been good gulpering. Bear in mind that cool mornings will delay callibaetis mating flights and subsequent spinner falls. So, keep an eye on the thermometer, and don’t get too excited until the mercury hits 60 degrees.

Missouri River

The peak of the Trico hatch was the beginning of the month, but spinner fall can still be available in the morning. Action has slowed down a bit this week which isn’t uncommon. The next few weeks the game is terrestrials (surprise!) and attractor patterns. Old school dry fly anglers can breakout their Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, and Parachute Adams. Currently the upper river is providing more consistent fishing than the lower, however that should change in the upcoming weeks. Also, BSA guide Greg Falls has openings and help take a trip on the Mo to a whole new level.

Hatch Profile – Callibaetis – Three Geeky Bug Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish

Hatch Profile – Callibaetis – Three Geeky Bug Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish

In many ways the hopes and dreams of fly fishers rest on the existence of bugs. Sure, you can venture out onto your favorite piece of water on any given day and catch some fish, many times lots of fish, when there is seemingly no bug activity. But, those aren’t the days that get etched into your memory. Those aren’t necessarily the days that inspire you to make life decisions. Like, say, picking a college that is surrounded by the most prolific dry fly fishing on the East Coast, or, perhaps picking a wedding date in late September which, conveniently, doesn’t overlap with any major trout stream hatches…hypothetically speaking, of course.

Streamer fishing has its virtues; “the tug is the drug”. And, nymph fishing most certainly produces more than it’s fair share of memorable days and 3-dimensional challenges. But, nothing in our sport tops the visceral experience that is watching a body of water come to life with an exuberance of bug activity, and the ensuing trout feeding frenzy. In my opinion, nothing illustrates that better than a Callibaetis spinner fall on western stillwaters.

Callibaetis mayflies have a massive distribution across most of North America. It is the western subspecies (Callibaetis ferrugineus hageni), though, that produces inspirational fishing on countless lakes, and several notable rivers, in the Rocky Mountain West.

Callibaetis mayflies live in stillwater environments. They thrive in water that has rich weed growth. And, while the emergences are often inconspicuous, the spinner falls are the stuff of legends.

Callibaetis mayflies, along with their diminutive brethren Tricos and Midges, are responsible for the legendary “Gulper” fishing that happens on Hebgen Lake each summer from late-July to mid-September. The shallow, weedy arms of Hebgen Lake are such ideal habitat for Callibaetis mayflies that they produce an awe inspiring amount of insects. Dense spinner falls occur here, and trout rise to the spent adults with such rhythm and regularity that you can hear the fish rising with an audible gulp that resonates across the glass flat waters.

Warm, calm mornings are ideal conditions for these size #14-16 speckle winged mayflies to form mating flights. It is impossible to miss them when they are around as seemingly billions of adults will dance above the water in a rhythmic undulation. When it is good, and it often is in Big Sky Country, spinners will blanket the water, and everything on the water, including fishermen.

Callibaetis spinners are unmistakable due to the unique speckled blotches present on only the leading edge of their fore wings, and their two long, widely separated tails. Their bodies range in color from brownish-olive to tan to light grey with a majority of spinners displaying a lighter tanish-grey coloration on the bottom of their abdomen and a darker, blotchy charcoal color on the top.

Here are Three Geeky Bug Facts about Callibaetis that will help you catch more fish.


1. Callibaetis are Multi-brooded

When we think about the life cycle and seasonality of mayfly hatches, we generally reference a particular bug with its spot in the seasonal lineup of hatches. Certain bugs, like March Browns, hatch in the early season, and they are followed by summertime hatches of PMDs, and autumn hatches of Mahogany Duns, etc. These hatches occur at roughly the same time every year with the progeny of those hatches growing and developing in the river until the following season when it is their turn to complete the cycle.

There are certain bugs, however, that breed multiple times during the course of the fishing season. Like their cousins the Baetis (Blue Winged Olives), Callibaetis will begin hatching early in the season (June in Big Sky Country), and those early bugs produce the ones that we fish later in the season. Also, like their Baetidae cousins, the size of individuals decreases with each brood of the season. Spring hatches of Callibaetis can have duns as large as size #12, whereas September emergences will produce size #16.

Early hatches of Callibaetis are often available in fishable numbers far earlier than when we begin paying attention to them. Unfortunately, the unsettled early season conditions of June in the Rockies don’t often produce dense mating flights of spinners, or the glass flat lake surfaces required for dry fly fishing.

Most years, those early season emergences go largely unnoticed, and it is their offspring that draw our attention later in the summer when weather conditions are more conducive. The warm, calm mornings of mid-summer in Big Sky Country provide both the perfect environment for massive flights of spinners and the glass flat waters needed to bring hordes of trout to the surface.

While average June conditions are generally not optimal for Callibaetis spinner falls, it’s important to remember that the bugs are still active. Duns will continue to emerge, sometimes trickling off one at a time, randomly throughout the day. On the rare day in June, when conditions are cloudy and calm, emergences can be concentrated, and provide outstanding dry fly fishing with duns. The occasional warm, calm morning in June can also generate a fantastic dry fly session with Callibaetis spinners. More often than not, these early season spinner falls are sparse, providing just enough food on the surface to get fish hunting on top, but not so much that your fly is competing with hundreds of naturals for the attention of gulping trout.

2. Callibaetis Nymphs are Strong Swimmers and Fast Emergers

Callibaetis nymphs are a perfectly evolved product of their weedy, stillwater environment. Their bodies are slim in profile with feathery gills, and pronounced variegation on their tails. Coloration ranges from light olive to tan, or gray.

Callibaetis nymphs are agile swimmers, dashing from one weed tendril to the next with short, powerful bursts of speed. Frequently, nymphs will pause for a brief second between sprints, hanging motionless in the water column with their abdomen hanging down. This choreography is important to imitate when fishing Callibaetis nymph imitations. Short, swift strips of 4-6” with a definite pause between movements is the best retrieve as fish will commonly pounce on the fly at the pause.

Just as they move through the water with speed and momentum, Callibaetis nymphs emerge into duns quickly at the water’s surface. It’s common for the nymphs to make several trips back and forth to the surface in preparation to emerge, but once they commit to the meniscus and break through the surface tension, they make quick work of the act. During these “practice runs” the nymphs are prepared to make their quick escape at the surface with fully formed wings bulging beneath their dark brown thoracic carapace (wing pad).

For more great info about Callibaetis nymphs check out this great Callibaetis Nymph Article from our Blog archive written by our very own fanatic of all things stillwater, Matt Klara.  

3. Callibaetis aren’t just found in Lakes

Callibaetis mayflies may be the most infamous stillwater hatch, and Big Sky Country is home to some of the most legendary spinner falls of these speckle winged mayflies.

Hebgen Lake, outside of West Yellowstone, MT, is ground zero for the notorious activity known as Gulper Fishing. Named for the nail biting sound that echoes across the glass flat waters of Hebgen’s weed-laden arms and bays as large trout gulp Callibaetis spinners from the surface, Gulper Fishing is an annual pursuit that rivals the most celebrated spectacles in Fly Fishing.

As epic and addictive as Gulper Fishing is, it’s not the only Callibaetis game in Big Sky Country. The same slow water environments that harbor fantastic populations of Callibaetis on lakes also exists on several of our most legendary rivers. The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, the Yellowstone River in YNP, and the Missouri River all boast substantial populations of these speckle winged mayflies.

When Callibaetis are found in riverine environments, they aren’t present in the same abundance as stillwaters. Emergences and subsequent spinner falls are generally sparse in comparison to the activity seen on legendary waters like Hebgen or Yellowstone Lakes. What Callibaetis lack in numbers on rivers they more than make up for in the influence they have on feeding fish. When Callibaetis are present on rivers like the Henry’s Fork and Missouri, they are usually the largest bug around at that time, and trout go way out of their way to feed on them.

Now Get Out There and Find Some Callibaetis Mayflies

If you haven’t experienced the thrill and suspense of fishing to cruising gulpers on a warm calm morning in Big Sky Country, do yourself a favor and explore one of the many still waters in our region during Callibaetis time. Remember, Callibaetis will be active as early as June when conditions permit. The bugs will be larger (size #14) in the early season, and later broods will be smaller (size #16). If you fish the nymph imitation, do so with short, brisk strips of 4-6”, and be sure to pause between strips. And, don’t forget to have some Callibaetis dun and spinner imitations when fishing the Henry’s Fork, Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers (in YNP).

Stillwater Presentation Q&A – Ascending/Emerging Nymphs

Stillwater Presentation Q&A – Ascending/Emerging Nymphs

I recently received this question via email from one of our readers and thought it would make a nice followup blog post.

Hi Matt,

 I just read this article on Callibaetis nymphs, and I have a question.  Don’t nymphs in stillwaters usually rise fairly straight up from the bottom?  How can I simulate that with nymph flies?  No worries on moving water, but I’m confused with this one.

Thanks so much.



Thanks for reading and reaching out!  Great question. I’d say that when they are emerging, Callibaetis nymphs will rise up at a semi-steep angle, but not completely vertically.  That said, the rising motion can definitely be a trigger to get the fish to eat.  Let me offer you 3 or 4 ways that you might accomplish this…

 1:  Floating fly line, long leader, and a weighted nymph.  Cast out and let the nymph sink down as deep as you think it needs to.  Maybe the top of the weeds if the area is shallow enough.  When you start your retrieve, the fly will naturally rise up at an angle following the leader up to the surface where the line floats.  When you’ve retrieved an amount of line about the equivalent to your leader length, stop, and let the fly sink back down again.  Repeat.  To detect takes, you need to watch the end of the floating fly line.  If it twitches, dives etc, set the hook.  You may not feel the take because the line isn’t drawing a straight line from you to the fly.  Pay attention while the fly is sinking back down too.  Sometimes that is the trigger!  It’s important that your leader not have coils in it so it is as straight a connection tot he fly as possible.  I’ve also incorporated a tiny strike indicator into this method at times, especially if there is a chop on the water that obscures my view of the tip of the flyline.  Foam pinch-ons work great for this.  Last tip, flourocarbon leaders sink faster than nylon mono leaders.

 2:  Intermediate sinking tip line (or intermediate sinking poly leader) and weighted or unweighted fly.  Basically this is the same approach as above, but with a sink tip to get the fly deeper initially.  If you are in say 10 to 15+ feet of water, the leader and weighted fly alone will be annoying or impossible to get that deep, especially if there is any wind.  Let it sink and then retrieve it up as before.  Then repeat.  Watch the color change of the line or where it enters the water for the take.  Also feel fro the grab.

 3:  Full sinking intermediate line and unweighted nymph. This line system draws the fly through the water horizontally for the most part and is my #1 way of searching for fish before, during, and after a Callibaetis hatch if I don’t see them rising in a way that allows me to effectively target them on the surface.  But, at the very end of the retrieve, when the fly is deep, and you begin stripping the last few yards of line up toward the surface, the fly does rise at an angle.  A lot of folks just pick up and cast again.  This is a mistake.  UK stillwater experts preach about “fishing the hang” at the end of a retrieve.  Focus on the last part of that rising retrieve.  Pause it, sink it, and raise it again.  Don’t strip the fly right to the rod tip, but leave a bit of line out and slowly raise the rod tip itself to make the fly ascend.  If you start getting fish only when the fly is rising, maybe you need to switch to one of the first 2 methods!

Take Care and Fish On,


Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Callibaetis Cripple

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Callibaetis Cripple

  • Originator:  Joe Moore, BSA Co-owner
  • Hook: TMC 100 or equivalent, #14, or 16
  • Thread:
  • Tail: Moose body hair
  • Body:  Goose or Turkey Biot, Callibaetis
  • Hackle: Grizzly
  • Wing: Widows Web, Light Tan

Hebgen Lake is a special place to most of us here in West Yellowstone.  Each season we look forward to catching good fish on dry flies, especially during the Callibaetis hatch.  This fly, while tied to fish like a cripple can also be fished like a spinner.  If you cut the hackle flush with hook it will sit more like a spinner.  In a size #14, this fly works really well on the Madison too.  – Joe