July 28 Fly Fishing Report

It's mid-summer, and that means hopper fishing! Hoppers, nocturnal stoneflies, and other small terrestrials that is. We have been doing very well lately with small hopper patterns, as well as, ants and beetles. Fish are also coming up to small trico imitations and mayfly patterns that imitate some larger drakes. Nymphing a small streamer or stonefly followed by beadhead nymph is always an option and can be very productive when fished deep through pools after a riffle. We are all waiting for the next dark days when the streamer bite will really take off again. We had a few of these days during early July when the surrounding mountains received snow which is always great to see here in the summer.

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The rivers have dropped since runoff and are all running clear as of now. There is always a chance for the Yellowstone River to get a little muddy from an afternoon rain shower in the Park, and there is potential for rain all this week. This is not a bad thing, fishing after a plug of mud can be great and seems to recharge the river. Luckily we are close to the Upper Madison tailwater which is not effected by these events.

There are closures around the state but we have been fortunate not to have any restrictions on the Upper Madison or Yellowstone River. These fisheries are usually a couple of the most resilient rivers in the state. We have been getting out early, and with our overnight temperatures being quite cool, we have been starting the day with an extra layer.

The days are getting a little shorter now, about 2 minutes a day, and you can feel that fall is just around the corner. We are all looking forward to fall fishing as the browns get ready for spawn and the leaves start to change. Then, we will see the fish get a bit more aggressive, and it will be one of our favorite hatches of the year, Baetis! 

Written by : PJ Wirchansky

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