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Jess Kelly with a big Yellowstone brown! Photo: Justin Stockfish

Last week’s colder weather has kept river traffic to a minimum and brought out some nice browns.  This week looks much warmer, (and brighter – for better or for worse).  Leaves are still looking good and the wind, at least through Thursday, is looking like single digits up to 15 mph.   This would be a great time to get out on the Yellowstone while the browns are still running and not yet in the tributaries or to their spawning beds in the river.  The fish have been aggressive and chasing streamers well, you just have to find them and they seem to be on the move right now.  Nymphing has also been working well, although plan on catching a few whitefish, especially through town and in the valley.  On cloudy days look for BWO’s.  They have been small, about a size 20.  Hitting one of these hatches can be tricky, but when conditions are right the dry fly fishing has been excellent.

Josh Edwards and Dan Julie with a nice one... Photo: Mark Berggren
Kenton Weins with a nice valley rainbow. Photo: John Bond
John and Michael Harned with a nice upper river brown...
Matt Hofheimer enjoying a nice Fall day! Photo: Chase Chapman