Water temps are in the low 60’s now on the surface. Both lakes are FULL. The trout are cruising the edges of upper Sunshine. Fish finders are marking trout in the 10-20 foot depths at Lower Sunshine. Leeches, baby crayfish and streamer patterns are taking splake, Yellowstone cutthroat and tiger trout in the lower lake. The upper lake has been fishing great using damsels, ant, beetle and small hopper patterns, smaller bead head nymphs (hares ears, PT’s, NF specials). Streamers work well too. Streamers are best fished with a sink-tip, intermediate or full sink fly lines. Your choice. Same for the crayfish patterns.
Pack bear spray! Bead head nymphs is your best bet; size 10-16. If dry fly fishing is your game, royal trudes, Wulffs, stimulators and parachute Adams could be working now.
Carp are the target fish in this reservoir. Fish carp candy, baby crayfish and small leech patterns to hang a ‘hawg’ carp. Take a 7 or 8 wt to land the big ones!
Slough Creek is fishing well, especially in the upper meadows, while Soda Butte Creek is fishing not so good until one gets close to the Lamar River. Carry bear spray and keep an eye on buffalo when fishing Soda Butte, Slough or the Lamar! The Lamar River is flowing 821 cfs at Tower and is high and definitely fun to right now upstream. Tribs are very wadeable now. Lots of bugs, including mosquitoes and no-see-ums. The trout are keying on hoppers now after lunch. Trail your hopper with a small ant or beetle pattern to keep the rods bent. Dry/nymph dropper rigs also produce in... View Article