Fishing Reports

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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.
 
Yellowstone River - May 4th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Finally some sun!  The river looks good.  Been on the rise just a bit but nothing too bad just yet.  Caddis could be any day now.  Look for them to start picking up around Livingston.  A couple feeder creeks coming in around there are putting quite a bit of color into the river, however.  It's dicey as to whether its really fishable much below the Shields river by Hwy 89 Bridge. Nymphing remains the most proven method for keeping a bend in your rod.  There are baetis present as well as a few March Browns and some early caddis, but the fish haven't focused on those just yet.  The streamer fishing continues to be good.  You won't be putting a ton of fish to hand, but those you do will be nice fish!
 
Yellowstone River - April 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cool weather pattern continuing. More snow showers look to be on tap for the coming few days.  River is great shape however with flows at or slightly below the 30 yr average.  Fish are in the deeper slots and slower moving areas.  Nymphing remains the most proven method for keeping a bend in your rod.  There are baetis present as well as a few March Browns.  Those later bugs are a bit more localized down through Livingston and eastward.  The streamer fishing continues to be good.  You won't be putting a ton of fish to hand yanking the big junk, but those you do will be big!