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Yellowstone River - May 30th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Memorial Day.  It's really amazing how fast things can change around here! Just a few days ago we had on shorts and flip-flops.  Today, well, let's just say it's less than stellar early summer weather.  It's been snowing (hard) above 6500 feet and raining pretty mercilessly down here.  Eeeww!  I know.  Good thing (depending upon how you think of it) the river has dropped like a rock and I'd say it's actually quite fishable and may be so for the next several days. Weird.
 
Yellowstone River - May 26th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Sunny and warm.  Here we go again!
 
Yellowstone River - May 21st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and Rain
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The past couple days, it's cooled back off again.  River is on the drop or holding steady right now.  Still not what I'd consider really all that fishable.  It's pretty dirty with maybe 8-10 inches of visability along the edges. 
 
Yellowstone River - May 10th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Done.  There she blows!  What visibility there was even two days ago is gone.  See ya in about 2 months....We might get lucky and get a shot of OK fishing if things really cool off and the river drops WAY back, but reality is with the amount of snow we have in the mountains, it's time to let runoff crank up!
 
Yellowstone River - May 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Happy Mother's Day!  Caddis are on! Hatch activity continues to be focused around Livingston.  Billman creek has gotten even worse.  Reports are that it's barely fishable much below the Interstate bridge on the west channel now.  The main river has come up considerably and visibility is rapidly decreasing.  Nymphing the morning with rubberlegs and a caddis pupa pattern is good.  Around lunchtime you can shorten the leash to a couple of feet.  And then be on the lookout from around 2 on for caddis.  Fish are in the swirly holes, foam lines, and pockets and very quickly have focused their attention on the caddis.   Regardless of Blue Wings and March Browns, or even streamers, today's your day to fish a caddis dry with a caddis emerger or pupa as a dropper!  This is it!  I'd bet by tomorrow or the next day, the Yellowtone will be done for quite some time. 
 
Yellowstone River - May 6th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Caddis are on! The heaviest hatch activity seems focused around Livingston.  Billman creek coming in around the RY Timber plant on the West side of 9th Street Island is really puking a lot of mud into the river, however.  Reports are that it's barely fishable much below 9th St now.  Nymphing the morning with rubberlegs and a caddis pupa pattern is good.  Around lunchtime you can shorten the leash to a couple of feet.  And then be on the lookout from around 2 on for caddis.  Fish are in the swirly holes, foam lines, and pockets and very quickly have focused their attention on the caddis.   There are baetis present as well as March Browns.  Fishing a big Parachute yesterday for the March Browns proved just as effective as trying to get caddis eats.  Streamer guys are doing well, too.  Fewer fish for sure, but definitely some bigger ones.  Looking at the weather, this may be it for us!  Runoff is coming in a hurry.