Clarity & Fishing Report 8/31

Matt Carara with a nice town brown Photo: Vann Mclean

Clarity @ Carter's Bridge 8/31 at 11:30am

We’ve been dodging quite a few plugs of mud lately as a result of heavy rains in Yellowstone Park over the past week.  Clarity in town as of 8/31 at 11:30am is emerald green with 2.5-3′ of visibility.  We’ve heard reports of more mud coming, and that both the Lamar and Soda Butte were off color this morning.  The mud can be hard to predict, so keep an eye on the webcam for the latest on the upper river. As always, feel free to give us a call and we will try to give you the best information about where the plugs are currently.

Fishing between the plugs has been good (as long as you can find the clear water).  Quite a few nice fish have been showing up lately using a variety of methods.  Big, dark or flashy colored nymphs will take fish when the water is a bit off color.  Clear water on the edges is also a great time to run the hopper/dropper setup along the banks.  Streamer fishing has been less consistent than nymphing, but green water give you a great chance to hook a truly big fish on a streamer.  Flashy streamers have been the name of the game when looking for the “one”.  We still have some guide availability during September, and these recent rains have helped dropped the water should be an epic month!

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