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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.
 
Madison River - May 4th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
It's about the same as a few days ago.  Upper river has been good.  The Lower not so much.  Still pretty dirty! Still very off colored and downright tough fishing.  Good bugs on the Lower.  Like epic Blue Wing Olive hatches but very little actually feeding on them. On the other side, the Upper remains consistently good to great.  We'll see how long this holds out.  Nymphing with the usual fare of stonefly nymphs, san juans, etc followed by a smaller mayfly or midge type beadhead has been the way to go.  Concentrate on the deeper runs and off speed buckets that consistently hold fish during the colder months and you'll find 'em.
 
Gallatin River - May 4th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Continued good water conditions right now on the Gallatin look to continue for the next couple days or so.  Runoff may not be that far off, but for now- get out there and have a blast!
Nymphing remains the most consistent means of feeling that tug on the end of the line.  Midges and Baetis are present.  March Browns are more down in the Gallatin Valley area and there are fish still willing to eat Skwalla's on the lower river.  Fishing pressure is most prevalent on the weekend.  Especially as we get some nicer weather.  Seems everyone would like to get out on the water
 
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!
 
Madison River - April 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Maddy has been good as of late.  Not the Lower.... The Upper (above Ennis Lake).  The Lower, frankly, kind of stinks right now.  I don't know for sure if it's the wind that has the lake stirred up like crazy or what, but the lower river through Bear Trap and downstream has been WAY off colored and downright tough fishing.  There has been a ton of baetis hatching so you'd love to think it would be good...not the case.
On the other side, the Upper has been quite good.  Nymphing with the usual fare of stonefly nymphs, san juans, etc followed by a smaller mayfly or midge type beadhead has been the way to go.  Concentrate on the deeper runs and off speed buckets that consistently hold fish during the colder months and you'll find 'em.
 
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks - April 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Overcast Skies=Baetis.  The spring creeks have been rock solid as of late and only look to keep that status through the coming weeks.  With continued overcast weather predicted for the near bit anyway, the baetis hatches have been very good to great.  Picking the days without as much wind have been hard to do, but those that are on the creeks without it blowing like crazy have been treated to some excellent fishing.  Nymphing is outstanding.  Dry fly afficianados are getting their fix too.