Yes, there’s a lot of water in all area rivers. Despite that issue, there are still fish to be caught. The Stillwater is alternating dailybetween dirty and just off color. Above the Rosebud convergence, the clarity is much better. Wade fishing is tough due to high flows, but fish are being caught on nymphs. Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymphs are producing. There are reports of some March Browns coming off, but pretty sporadically. Rock Creek is about the in the same condition. High and fast, but fair nymphing. The Big Horn at Ft. Smith is rippin’ along, but the fishing is good. It’s all about long leaders and plenty of lead. Be sure to get your fly on the bottom, whatever that takes. Orange scuds and red midge larvae are the big winners.
Have you ever seen a 360 degree sunset? The Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River. Like nowhere else on earth. And a nice fish, to boot!
The Yellowstone is throwing a nice Baetis hatch in the afternoon. 3:30 to about 5:00 is prime time, but fish are looking up pretty much all day.
Area streams and rivers are still somewhat off color, but the streamer fishing has been good everywhere I’ve been. The Clark’s Fork, Rock Creek, the Stillwater and the Yellowstone are all producing fish on the streamer. If you can get at least 18 inches of visibility, you can catch fish on the black wooly bugger. Black streamers of all kinds will usually produce in water that is less than clear. Sunday on the Yellowstone, the weather was spectacular. Trees are changing color, the sky was a beautiful Montana blue, and the fresh snow on the Crazy Mountains was the icing on the cake. Catching some nice trout was a bonus! I made Gordy and Chaz pitch lead and big bugs all day long. They were troopers. The whining was minimal and I didn’t get hit in the head, so fun was had by all. (Chaz hit himself in the head a couple of times, though.)
The heavy rains have rendered all area streams unfishable. Rock Creek and the Clark’s Fork are dropping rapidly, so they may fish in a couple of days. The Stillwater and the Yellowstone are chocolaty delicious. Probably be that way for at least a couple of days or more. The weather man calls for more rain Wednesday. May have to go fish the lakes on the Beartooth Pass!
Don’t listen to the pundits! The Stillwater is still floatable (barely) and the fishing is great! There are PMD’s in the morning, good nymphing all day, and good streamer fishing in the late afternoon. The Yellowstone has cooled off some, going to fish it today. Stay tuned!