Green is good…

"Green is good" clarity on the Yellowstone with plenty of visibility...

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The river is finally coming into shape after a pretty long and harsh winter.  Keep in mind water temperatures are sill cold, which means nymph fishing is going to be your best bet.  Fishing a streamer dead drifted under an indicator followed by a rubberleg or beadhead is a good call.  Fish are just barely starting to chase streamers but the bite will improve as the water temperature rises over the next couple weeks.   Look for warmer days with decent cloud cover & less wind (good luck with that) and you’ll likely see some risers in the foam eddies.  Unfortunately since many of the rainbows or cutthroat are up the creeks or on a redd, most of the risers have been whitefish.  Keep your fingers crossed for Spring Baetis or March Browns but plan on fishing midge patterns.  If you do decided to strip or swing a streamer be sure to get it deep and strip slowly.  If you’re not bouncing bottom here and there then you’re probably not fishing quite as deep as you should be.

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