The Bighorn flows have been dropping now that runoff has slowed down above Boysen Dam. Nymph fishing is the name of the game with some hopper and caddis action later in the day. CFS: 2411 – (estimate below Boysen Dam. Flow data not available every day.) Flies: Nymphs are still the most productive way to catch trout. San Juan Worms, Yum Yum, Small Pheasant Tails, Scuds, Sow Bugs, Yuk Bugs, Pats Rubber Legs, Jig-heads, Midge pupa, wire worm, and streamer patterns. Leeches, wooly buggers and cone-head zonkers, muddlers or your favorite streamers are also taking trout from boats particularly.
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High yet but wadeable in places above Hurrican Mesa. The canyon is swift and non-wadeable. Water is off color but should clear within a couple of days. Golden stones, caddis, pale morning duns, green drakes are hatching. Hopper patterns dropped with a size 10 and smaller nymph working best. We recommend larger bead head nymphs fished along the edges early in the day for best results. Wade carefully and carry bear spray.
The Clarks Fork is in good shape now. Wading is still difficult below Crazy Creek and downstream. Water conditions are good above Pilot Creek. Below that, rain has impacted the upper Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Hatches are caddis, gray drakes and pale morning duns, with some larger golden stones and salmonflies still around. Ants and beetles are also on the river now. This is small trout water so downsize to size 10 hoppers, ants and stonefly dries. Small, size 12-20 bead headed nymphs dropped deep under a larger dry is recommended.
Yellowstone Lake is fishing well along the edges. Lake trout, if caught, must be killed immediately. Check your Park regulations on what to do with lake trout. All cutthroat must be released!! Streamers have been working well, whether in a boat or fishing from shore. Black, olive or brown woolly buggers are reliable. Size 4-10. The Yellowstone River at LeHardy Rapids is flowing 2420 cfs today – down from our last report. Wading the edges is recommended unless you are a strong wading fisherman!! Hatches are caddis, pale morning duns, stoneflies, green drakes and gray drakes. Match the hatch for great fun!!... View Article
Luce and Hogan have been fishing well. Lake temps are getting in the danger zone for safe catch and release. There is a new boat launch and campsites at Hogan if your wanting to spend more time at these two lakes. Hogan is on the road, Luce is a 1/4 mile hike south from the Logan picnic area. Flies: Buggers and leeches of various colors. Chironimids, Ice cream cones, pheasant tails, hares ear, bow-tie midges, Griffiths gnat, damsel nymphs, back swimmers, FRM midges, parachute Adams, ants, adult damsels, beetles and small hoppers.