In fact, I may very well sneak out back and fish it this afternoon, though the water conditions are not ideal. There’s still a significant tinge of brown with the green, but probably around a foot of visibility up high in the Paradise Valley near Point of Rocks. Tomorrow may be better as the river drops a bit more. Friday may (or may not) be the last day to get on the Yellowstone before she goes into “real” runoff for the duration. There’s some chance that Saturday will be a possibility, though the river will be rising during the day. On Sunday, the flows are expected to shoot up over 10,000 cubic feet per second, which pretty much guarantees that the spring fishing is over. See you on the river again in July (fingers crossed).
Water temperatures are quite low this morning, so you’re unlikely to see much, if any, Mother’s Day Caddis action (and the fish would have trouble seeing them on top anyway). But there’s at least a slight probability they’ll be hatching in significant numbers by Friday. Check back. In the meantime, drift something dark and meaty (nymph or streamer) close to the banks and you have a decent chance of getting into some fish. It may be your last chance for a while, so laugh at the dirty water and get out there while you can!
Suggested flies for today: Rubberlegs, size 8 or so (black, brown, dark olive), Sparkle Minnow (black, peacock), Bugger (black, brown, olive), Caddis larva pattern, size 14 (chartreuse is a good color).0