Yellowstone River Report 08/20/18

Flows have continued to drop and the water warm up. Cooler weather and rain showers have helped the water conditions after the heat wave. Start looking to get out early on the bright and sunny days as fish will be skittish about coming up to the dry fly. Fish a big dry or smaller hopper pattern with a long dropper nymph.  For hopper patterns, tan, peach and olive body colors are good choices in a Yellowstoner Chubby or Fat Frank. Fish are also eating the small dry like a Purple Haze when fishing likely holding water. The Micro Chubbys in purple, tan and gold are good choices as well. Tricos are out on some days, so go down a size or two on a Purple Haze or Parachute Adams as a trailer off of a larger spotter fly. Look for risers in the slick flats and foam lines. There can be some big heads coming up! If float fishing, note that the road at the Indian Fort FAS at Reed Point is closed.

By Chris Fleck River Reports