[ARCHIVE] Yellowstone River Report 4/20/2020
Yellowstone 4/20: Nymphing with a Pat’s rubber leg, girdle bug or stonefly pattern with a smaller midge or Lil’ Spanker as a dropper has been picking up fish in most runs and around gravel bars. For the streamer fisherman, the Grinch allowed to sink and stripped slow has been the ticket. Drop a beahead nymph like a prince, Lil’ Spanker, poxyback March Brown or pheasant tail off the back. There may be March Browns and/or BWOs coming off mid afternoon so if there are rising fish, look to fish a smaller size Purple Haze or BWO dun pattern with a cripple, emerger, RS@ or smoke jumper trailed off of it by 12″ or so. Midges are likely to appear as well. Look for sippers in the foam back eddys. As the water temperature continues to warm, expect to see caddis begin to come off as well, As with the Stillwater, there are plenty of caddis nymph in the rocks. As of the writing of this report, FASs remain open for fishing following the guidelines for social distancing.