It looks like the fun’s about to end. Today could be your last chance to experience the 2016 Mother’s Day Caddis hatch on the Yellowstone River. If not today, then tomorrow. The water is still nice and clear at Carter’s Bridge this morning. But the flows are up sharply on the Lamar River (which tends to contribute a lot of mud to the Yellowstone) and on the Yellowstone at Corwin Springs. Dirty water and high flows are on their way. You should get out today, if you want to get in on this year’s caddis hatch.
Yesterday afternoon, I wade fished the Yellowstone at the 26 mile access. Swarms of caddis were flying about when I got there, and there were a number of fish rising. At first, most of the risers were whitefish and small trout, but I did land a nice 16″ brown. At about 4:00, the bugs started coming off like gangbusters, and a good number of trout joined the glutinous party. With all of the naturals in the water, it was hard to get the fish to take my fly (and hard to see it on the water). I used a Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, with a pink post for better visibility. In the end, I managed to net a good number of cutthroat and rainbows before things started to wind down around 6:00. It was an exciting couple of hours!
Get out there while you still can!
Here’s a quick video synopsis of the afternoon’s fishing:0