Happy Independence Day! No better way too spend the holiday weekend than on the river. Sure it’s been hot here, and yes, rivers are lower than we’d like to see them, and yes there are some rivers with hoot owl ┬árestrictions on them (meaning fishing is closed from 2pm to midnight but open otherwise) but let’s concentrate on the good stuff of which there is plenty. Currently the Yellowstone is in prime form – good water with temps around 65. I’ve fished in the past week on stretches from Emigrant all the way to Reed Point – it’s been as good up and down.Not sure how long that will remain the case but for now it’s great – dry fly fishing to be had in the morning with chubbys and other such attractors and active nymphing to be had once the sun gets high. With some cloud cover the dry fly fishing would likely be good ramp to ramp.

After some work on the hook setting and line management, Richard Hansen landed this beautiful brown two days ago in the Lower Yellowstone

After some work on hook setting technique and line management, Richard Hansen landed this beautiful brown two days ago on the Lower Yellowstone