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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!
 
Madison River - May 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Starting to see a bit of a flip flop here.  Must be because the upper river is starting to lose it's clarity due to the West Fork dumping in color.  Fishing on the Upper is starting to drop off considerably while the Lower is faring better than it has been of late.  No caddis down here yet, but it may be soon as long as we can hold the line so to speak and the river doesn't blow out top to bottom.
 
Gallatin River - May 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
She's starting to go.....  Taylor Fork is throwing some definitely off color junk into the main river.  There's still a foot plus of vis, but it's going pretty quick.  River is on the rise too. Nymphing remains the most consistent means of feeling that tug on the end of the line. 
 
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. 
 
Armstrong's, DePuy's and Nelson's Spring Creek - May 6th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Baetis hatches continue to lead the way on the spring creeks. As has been the rule, find the days with light to moderate winds and overcast skies has been a big factor.  Bright sunny days like today have been a bit tougher.  Nymphing the deep runs on the bright days has been the saving grace. 

Early season $75/day rates are in effect here until June 14
 
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.