Area streams and rivers are starting to fish. The Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers are in great shape for float fishing. Rock Creek, the Rosebuds and the Clark’s Fork are in clear and fishing well. Wade fishing is going to be a challenge for a while longer, so respect the river at all times.
There are several kinds of mayfly in evidence along with yellow sallies, giant golden stoneflies and the big brown stoneflies. Fish are taking a big dry, with the yellow stimulator and yellow PMX being the best bet. Chubby Chernobyls are taking some fish as well. The fish have slowed down on the big stonefly nymphs. Small mayfly patterns are working best for a dropper or nymphed deep under an indicator. Montana prince, pheasant tail and standard prince are the best producers.