The guys have been getting some nice fish out of the Yellowstone River this week and James has some advice if you head out this weekend, which you should! There are plenty of opportunities for both wading and floating anglers right now! Take it away, Jimmy!
Yellowstone River report 3/11/2021
Well I’ll be damned is it spring yet or what? As temps creep closer and closer to the 50’s we may start seeing trout moving out of winter lies, and into more active feeding zones. Flows on the river are still fairly low sitting at around 1,300 CFS at Livingston with temps around 40 degrees. Water clarity is good right now, but that may change as we experience some warmer weather heading to the weekend. A little color is good though. It will sort of spark the river a little and get bugs and fish moving again.
We have seen more and more midge activity throughout the river this past week. Fish can be targeted with small dries like a Griffiths Gnat #18 if you see some risers. Until then, the nymph bite has been very active. A big heavy stonefly dropped with a small zebra midge or a variety flashy Nymphs has been producing nice trout for us at the shop.
The streamer bite has been showing promising signs as well. We’ve been picking up some decent browns on yellow streamers and black buggers. We are finding these fish in slack water and tail outs of runs. We have been surprised with the amount of active fish this past week. It’s not on fire but certainly worth a shot if you are floating.
We’ve been seeing more boats out recently too. Most ramps are good to go right now aside from a few that still are snowed/ ice packed in. If you guys plan on getting the boats out just make sure both ramps you are using are clear and good to go!
With the creeks well ahead of the main river in terms of bug activity, you may start to look for Blue Wing Olives as well as midges throughout the day. We’ve been getting reports of a good number of BWOs and we should start seeing some good hatches over there.0