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Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report – 04/13/11

Summary:

Report Date: 04/13/11 – Well we finally got the new Adipose Boatworks Skiff in the water yesterday.  Fellow guides Pat Joyce and Eric Paramore joined Eric Adams for a quick float from Carter’s to Ninth street on the Yellowstone River for his boat maiden voyage.

Streamers were our primary choice for the day and Doug McKnight’s yellow Home Invader was the ticket.  We didn’t catch a lot of trout on the streamer but the vicious strikes from the few nice brown’s that did eat made it all worthwhile.  We also threw some bead headed midges and baetis in the foam wholes with some success.

Hatches:

light hatch with midges and some beatis. The hatch would have been a bit better but the heavy upstream breeze kept the bugs from going stronger.  We did receive good hatch reports from farther up the Paradise Valley.

Weather & Water Conditions:

Upstream wind, partly cloudy and nice temperatures in the middle fifties.

Best Technique:

Shallow water nymphing with small baetis and midge nymphs; streamer fishing; looking for heads with small dries in the foam holes. For steamers, a slower retrieve or dead drifting has been the best way to turn heads.

Best Bugs:

Sizes 16 – 20 Brassies, Zebra Midges, Miracle Midges for the midges and very small P.T. Nymphs and black Copper John’s for the baetis.  Yellow/brown or black streamers have been moving some really good browns and rainbows over the past several days.

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