While visibility is still not great, right around a foot in town, the Yellowstone River continues to steadily drop. The river is currently flowing at 9940 in Livingston this morning. We have clients out on the Yellowstone this week and they have done fairly well with some bigger 20″ fish being caught. With the clarity up river being better, most floaters are concentrating on the floats in the upper valley.
The best trout fishing has been with rubberleg stones, delektable princes and stones, black lead eye woolly buggers and yuk bug looking things. Get your flies to the fish, weighted patterns have been the most productive fished in the slower seams and pockets along the bank.
The Yellowstone National Park waters are all fishable at this point. Waters such as Soda Butte Creek, Lamar and Slough are still high and colder than normal but now consistently fishing. Call us for a more detailed park report if you are heading that way.
The Missouri River has really come on of late and is now in prime summer fishing shape. Look for the Missouri’s famous caddis hatch in the afternoon.
The Bighorn River has finally peaked for the year and dropped 2,000 cfs yesterday, to 10,000 cfs. Look for another drop to occur next week. The hopper season has begun on the Bighorn and the Black Caddis hatch will continue to be good. We’ve also had some solid streamer reports so be prepared for anything.