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Ryan Strandquest with a husky two footer... that sipped a hopper!! Photo: Hank Bechard
Brian Sienkowski with a nice brown caught by the photographer: George Kalantzes

The river has kicked into it’s second wind lately.  Afternoons are starting to fish much better than they have the past few weeks.  The bigger fish are eating hoppers or streamers, although most fish have been caught on smaller attractor dries, rubberleg nymphs, and beadheads.  We’ve heard of (and seen proof of) two legit 24 inch buck browns being caught yesterday and today, not to mention multiple impressive 21-22 inch browns.  Could it be the slightly lower water temperatures?  Are the big browns are starting to get aggressive already?  Or could it just be luck?  Who knows, but all things being equal, if you are after a big fish on the Yellowstone, this week seems to be like a good week to fish hard.  Although it rained hard in town the other night there’s no mud coming down from Gardiner.