Hot off the presses! James and Brewer have just dropped a fresh fishing report for the Yellowstone River and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. Thanks for the intel, guys!
The Yellowstone River flows are around 10,600 cfs up at Corwin and at about 11,600 cfs at the Livingston gauge. Water temps are right around 50 degrees and the visibility is good enough for fish to eat bugs off the surface. With plenty of water and a little bit of snow left in the mountains, the river looks to be shaping up nicely for another great water year in the valley. Water is definitely still high so if you do plan on floating make sure you are on your game- all boat ramps are looking good with the exception of Greyowl in the valley- there is about a two foot high pile of silt on the ramp. It is definitely still usable, just a little sporty.
As far as the fishing as of lately we would say it’s been spotty and that she is looking better than she’s fishing. But that could change any day. Once the water heats up just a little more I think we will be seeing some excellent fishing. Keep an eye on water temps. We have been finding a good amount of Salmonfly nymphs on the bank around Loch Leven and other ramps downstream. We have also been finding big mayfly nymphs and a lot of caddis larvae. A go to rig for this time of year is a big rubberlegs up front to worm or CDC pheasant tail #12. P.S- if you have never fished an orange rubberleg, you should try it this week.
Look for slow pockets right off the bank. The high water plus a large concentration of nymphs on the bank will have the trout pushed up there as well- both hiding from the big water and gorging on giant stoneflies. This is also a great time of year to dead-drift streamers right along the bank. A black sparkle minnow, or Lil Kim are some of our favorite single hook streamers for dead drifting. The Salmonfly hatch is right around the corner and it looks like the Stone will be in great shape for some good Sammy action. We sure will be keeping a close eye on that hatch here at the shop so if you are wondering what else is going on please give us a call!
Spring Creek success – We have been getting some good reports of afternoon PMDs on the creeks and have had success on both adult PMDs and ermergers on the surface. Here is Brewer with a healthy cutthroat from Depuys this past Thursday. Give Darrel and Theresa a call at 406 222 0221 to reserve a rod! It’s getting better and better over there.0