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sprung on the east gate of Yellowstone country. We are sitting on 100% of snow
pack. Due to cool temperatures in the evenings runoff is minimal and the
rivers are clear. This makes for some of the best fishing of the year.
|Note: All pictures are thumbnails for quicker downloading. You can view the pictures more clearly by double clicking on individual pictures.|
Jerimiah Mackmiller, and I got together for three days on the Northfork of
the Shoshone. The lower river is closed for spawning up to Newton Creek so
we fished above that point. As you can see from these pictures (left and
below) the fishing was fabulous.
Aside from the great fishing, the wild life was out in force. We saw grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, moose elk, deer, eagles, turkeys, otters, and beaver. It was absolutely beautiful.
The hatches were amazing as well. Brown stones were moving toward the banks. We used a #4 brown conehead woolly bugger on a dead drift. In certain areas march browns were also coming off in sheets. Sparkle duns (#14 and #16) and #16 parachute adams were the trick. The fish were in beautiful shape, 16 to 20 inches. They fought like small steelhead.
|In April, Paul Olson from Parson Pillow Bed and Breakfast (Cody, WY) took a trip on the wild side. Fishing the upper Northfork, he caught his first Wyoming trout on a fly. After that first one....he caught a bunch more! It was a great day for both of us!|
Another hot spot right now is Newton Lake. The callibaetis are coming off in blanket hatches from 11 oíclock till 1. Huge fish are gulping #16 mayflies on the surface. Itís a true national geographic moment! Itís your best chance to take a trophy trout on a small dry fly this season! Check out these fish (pictures at left).
The Medium Sized Ugly works best when there is a slight wind.
|The fly of choice, for me, during a callibaetis
hatch is the medium size ugly. The fly fishes vertically with the shuck and
abdomen under the surface. The thorax and wing case are on top exposed
to the wind. The recipe follows:
|One final note on the rivers: The Mothers Day caddis hatch is just around the corner. The lower Shoshone is looking good and should be on fire when the hatch starts. Donít miss it.|
|Well folks, it looks like another great season is upon us, so make your reservations early! Looking forward to fishing with you this summer!|
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