We wade fished the Yankee Jim Canyon last night, and it was awesome. The Yellowstone River is still high and stained, which creates an ideal environment for “The Woolly Bugger Hatch.” These leech/bait-fish patterns tend to hatch in the slow-moving water up against the banks. They drift naturally and also sometimes jut through the cold water. Wolly Buggers are best fished below an indicator this time of year, so they can dead-drift AND be stripped. The Salmon Flies are a few weeks out, but the Woolly Bugger hatch is on full-throttle. Get out on the river and pound the banks!
Author- Brogan Ballard