Monthly Archives: April 2012
Bugs popping on all area rivers!
The mayfly hatches are on. Yellowstone, Stillwater and all the small streams are throwing off baetis and march browns. Caddis should start any day.
Yellowstone River Fishing Report
Excellent fishing on the Yellowstone yesterday. Beatiful weather for a float trip. We floated Bratten to Twin, near Reed Point. Nymph fishing was very productive most of the day. Paula took this nice brown on a prince nymph in the morning. Late in the afternoon, the wind changed to the east and fishing started to taper off on the nymph. There were a few March Brown spinners around, so we tried a parachute. Caught several fish on the dry. There were heads here and there, but no real hatch or spinner fall. The big winners were prince nymphs, hare’s ear and either olive or brown parachutes. We did get a few bumps on a yuk bug stripped slow, but didn’t stay with it very long. The nymph fishing was too good.
Stillwater River Report
Great spring fishing on the Stillwater yesterday. Started the day nymphing. Caught several nice pre-spawn rainbows right away. A hare’s ear with a pheasant tail trailing it was money. Nymph fishing was hot until about 2pm when the bugs started coming off. March Browns, Blue Winged Olives, a couple of caddis and some little black stone flies all hatched from 2 to about 4pm. Not a huge hatch, but enough to get some fish feeding on the top. Caught a few more nice rainbows on an olive parachute.