I’ll keep this morning’s fishing report short and sweet. For more detailed information on what to expect out there this time of year, take a look at our recent Spring Forecast.
The fishing on the Yellowstone River has been spotty lately, to be honest. I think that the big weather swings we’ve been having lately, and the accompanying swings in water temperature and clarity, have kept the trout from really getting settled in. But more consistency over the last few days, and in the forecast, should get them eating. As you can see from this morning’s photo from near Pine Creek, the water is currently green with a tinge of milkiness. But there’s definitely enough visibility to get fish on nymphs and streamers. And you may even see some fish up on baetis (blue-winged olive) and March Brown mayflies (see the Spring Forecast for a few pattern suggestions). Don’t let a little color in the water scare you away (see our oldie-but-goodie post, Playing in the Mud, for some advice on fishing “dirty” water)! Get out there and fish; it’s about to get really good.
The baetis are starting to hatch in good numbers on the Paradise Valley spring creeks and we’ve heard of some good dry fly fishing on the creeks. The hatch typically goes off late morning and before that you can get some fish on baetis nymphs (such as sparse Pheasant Tails, Split Case Baetis, Juju Baetis, etc…) along with the always productive Zebra Midges, scuds, and sowbugs. Never fished the spring creeks? Check out our blog post, Don’t Be Afraid of the Spring Creeks.
Here’s just a short clip of a rainbow trout that I caught on the Yellowstone River the other day:0