Yellowstone River in Livingston 5/13
The Yellowstone is in runoff mode, dirty and rising quickly. With a still decent snowpack in the mountains, we should be in for a healthy runoff this spring. It is time to explore new waters- Spring Creeks, Private Lakes, and tailwaters have been fishing well.
Carter's Bridge 5/13
Flows at Corwin Springs 5/14
Flows at Carters 5/14
Spring creeks are still seeing some Midge and Baetis hatches, but nymph fishing also remains strong. Fishing is starting to heat up on the Private Lakes as well and some good fish have been caught. Give us a call at 406-222-7130 to book a guide for these great private water options.
The Upper Madison remains a good option as well, though flows are starting to increase. The Lower has been fishing well with caddis and nymphing rigs. Give us a call to book a guide!
Clarity on 9th street island, (5/4 7:35AM)
The Yellowstone looks great with plenty of visibility in the Valley and town. No mud plugs coming as of yet, the river should hold out nicely through the weekend before coming up and getting murky again. Yesterday water temps nearly hit 52 degrees and anglers were spotting a couple caddis here and there. Today (Saturday) should be the first day they “pop.” Lots of boats out there already! Give us a call to book a trip. 406-222-7130.
John Bond with a streamer eater from last week... Photo: David Lamer
Looking good in town, (5/2 8:30AM)
The Yellowstone is looking good for the moment. We are hoping clarity holds out through the weekend. With the warmer 60 degree days coming up we should see some caddis action. There have been blue wings, March browns, skwalas, and midges out as well, so the fish have had some food to eat. Give us a call to book a trip while the river looks good! 1-406-222-7130.
Weather through the weekend...
Clarity Monday 4/29 7:55AM
Clarity has improved over the weekend although the Yellowstone is still off color. Just above Carter’s the river looked to have a little less than a foot of visibility. Before the cold spell anglers were just starting to see caddis, especially near the mouth of the spring creeks. With the next couple days staying cold the river should clear a little more, then with temps into the 60′s by Friday fingers are crossed for some weekend caddis action. The next couple days could be a good day to go for a big one.
Clarity above Carters, 4/29 8:55AM
The Spring Creeks have been fishing very well lately with midges in the morning, baetis from 10:00 to 5:00 and midges again in the evening. If you are on DePuy’s, there have also been some caddis emerging on warmer afternoons. Lots of rainbows are in and the fishing has been steady. Rod fees are currently $80 per rod. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 406-222-7130.
Jay and Jeremy Dickey having some fun on DePuys. Photo: John Bond
Clarity at Sacajawea Park, (4/23 7:40AM)
The Stone is on the drop in town today but on the rise still at Corwin. Clarity is on the edge and most likely not worth it. Mill Creek was spilling in some “chalky green” mud, so if you are going to try the river, it will be more clear above that today. We are expecting the lower river to be muddy from now through run off due to the Shields pumping in a lot of mud but we have hope for the valley with at least a few good fishable days before real runoff starts. People have already seen some caddis out there… Give us a call for the latest report or to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Clarity at Sacajawea Park, (Sat 4/20 7:35AM)
The Stone spiked quite a bit on the graph today at Carter’s, but looking at it in town it doesn’t look too much dirtier than yesterday. Water temps were up yesterday which helped the fish bite quite a bit. Reports from yesterday were good. Looks worth a shot despite being on the rise, probably a good day to chuck streamers and go for a big one rather than go for numbers. Looks like decent clarity at the Pine creek web cam for now. Down low is going to be muddy from the Shield’s. Give us a call for the latest report or to book a trip. 1-406-222-7130.
The spike at Carter's, (4/20)
Hank Bechard with a nice Valley brown. Photo: Cory Wiseman
Clarity is hanging in there so far but with the warmer temps yesterday and today we are expecting things to get a bit dirtier by Sunday / Monday. At least a lot of the lower elevation snow has already melted which will help. The river has still been on the slow side, nymph fishing has been the most productive although there have been good pods of fish eating baetis in the afternoons, (as long as the wind doesn’t pick up). Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest clarity changes. 1-406-222-7130.
Clarity at Sacajawea Park, (4/19 7:45AM)
The Nam family having some fun on the Stone! Photo: John Bond
Jamie VanDyke, under the closer supervision of Captain Christopher Coyne!
The Missouri has been a little tough lately, but still worth going. Flows have been high, which means more nymphing and less dry fly fishing. As water temps heat up however, expect to see the fish get more and more excited. This year we are offering jet boat day trips if you are looking to try something different. The fish that have been caught have all been hot and clean. Give us a call for more information of if you’d like to book a guide! 1-406-222-7130.
Clarity at Sacajawea, (4/13 8:55AM)
For the best clarity you’ll want to head to the valley. Carter’s to Sacajawea Park has good clarity, but after that Billman creek is making the town section pretty muddy. From 89 down is even worse do to the Shield’s. The spring creeks have been fishing well with the arrival of spring baetis. On April 15th the rates are going up to $80 per rod. Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest report. 406-222-7130.
Clarity at Sacajawea park, (4/10 7:45 AM)
Things have definitely gotten a little dirtier on the Stone with all the recent rain. Billman creek, which runs into the Yellowstone behind the lumber yard is making town muddy. Above that you’ll find clearer water but it is still off color. The Shield’s has been a mud factory as well, taking down low off the table for a while. The good news is that we have been seeing beatis out there, a much welcomed change from all the winter midge action! The Spring Baetis have also shown up on the Spring Creeks. Give us a call to book a trip or for the latest report as things are changing daily. 1-406-222-7130.
Shield's confluence, (4/9 12:00PM) Photo: Chloe Nostrant
The Shield's River at Convict Grade road, (Sat 4/6 6:30PM)
So far the streamer action has been slow to say the least...