Sorry for not posting much lately, but the weather and stream flows in the area have prevented much quality fishing time. Snow melt has blown out the rivers as it always does this time of year. The good news is two-fold. Runoff is progressing at an average pace, so the Stillwater could be fishing by the last week in June. In the meantime, the area lakes are fishing well! Newton, Luce and Hogan lakes in Wyoming are our go to choices for spring fishing. The high lakes are still frozen and will be for a few weeks. Chironomids (big midges) are your best bet for insect imitations. Fish will be looking for the larvae suspended in the water or traveling from the bottom to the surface to hatch. My favorite patterns are the Ice Cream Cone in red or black and the Jumbo Juju Chironomid in blood or zebra. Use a #16, 14 or even 12. If you can’t find any big midge patterns, use your standard beadhead selections. The Bloody Mary or even old favorites like the prince or pheasant tail will work. Suspend your bug under an indicator or let it sink and slowly strip it to the surface. An effective old school technique is to trail a wooly bugger with a beadhead and strip it in. Even with the rivers blown out, we still have plenty of good options!
Typical Red Lodge Spring