Here’s a fact of life: when we don’t make many posts, we’re buried in guided trips and shop customers.
Here’s a little rundown on where our full-time staff have been guiding and what we’ve been using.
Richard hasn’t been running too many trips. Mostly he’s been doing an occasional park trip with old clients. On his most recent trip on the Yellowstone near the Lamar confluence, his clients had a couple big fish on gold Chubby Chernobyls with 20-Incher droppers.
I (Walter) have mostly been running float trips lately (AM trips the past few days due to warm water. Water temps will break on Monday-Tuesday with the upcoming cooldown). My top bugs in the past couple weeks have been #16 Purple Hazy Cripples, #16 Red Missing Links, light brown and peach Bob Hoppers, and occasionally red Copper Johns and #16 Bead, Hare, and Copper nymphs. Probably 7/8 of my clients’ fish of late have eaten dry flies of one breed or another. I have been mostly floating from McConnell access down to Yankee Jim Canyon, since floats further down are often tough when the sun is bright and hot, as it has been lately. My first Yankee Jim Canyon float is now scheduled for Tuesday. I just got a new raft to replace my ancient high-side drift boat and it has taken longer to outfit it than I expected. On the plus side, I now expect to run Yankee Jim trips at much higher and lower water levels than before, and will also use some more “creative” (read: ugly/terrifying) launch points than I could use with the drift boat.
Rob has been running a mixture of floats and walk-wades in the Lamar drainage, especially the mainstem Lamar. Not sure what has been working for him on the Lamar, but on the Yellowstone he has mostly been running the same floats as I have, with a side dish of the Carbella to Point of Rocks run in Paradise Valley. His top bug choices have included the Bob Hoppers and Purple Hazes, but he’s also had clients move big fish on giant Turck’s Tarantulas.
Trevor has been running a mix of beginner brook trout walk/wades and trips to the Lamar River Canyon and lower Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Top bugs have been Bob Hoppers in various colors and Fat Frank hoppers in pink and purple, as well as small purple Chubby Chernobyls. Zebra Copper Johns have been his top nymphs of late.
Kody started guiding beginner brookie trips last month but has also had a few experienced anglers out. He has sold the rest of us on the purple Fat Frank, particularly for trips on rugged stretches of the Yellowstone.