Jeff Stevens with a birthday brown! Photo: John Bond
The River has been in and out of clarity the past few days. Those who have been willing to get out and try however have caught some nice fish… Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
JR Stevens with a yellow Dragon eater... Photo: John Bond
John Bond with another Dragon eater... Photo: David Lamer
Clarity at 9th street today, (4/26 at 7:36AM)
Clarity in town is slightly better than yesterday and worth a shot. Your best bet today is likely throwing streamers tight to the bank for a big one instead of trying to catch a lot of fish. Looks like we may have a rising river this weekend, but things could drop and be clearing with a shot of caddis Monday/Tuesday. Forget about floating below the Shield’s for a while. Give us a call for the latest report or to book a trip. 1-406-222-7130.
Hydrologic prediction for the next few days...
Clarity at 9th street today (4/15 7:35AM)
Clarity today is looking better than yesterday. Pine Creek web cam is also looking better, although hard to see in the morning light. If you are up for pounding the banks with streamers, the Yellowstone could be worth a shot – especially if you are just buddy fishing. Not sure if the clarity is quite ready for guided trips however, we are sending our trips to the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, lakes, or the Madison for better clarity today.
Dan Slack with a nice DePuy's rainbow... Photo: MT Jed
Clarity at 9th street island today (4/22 at 7:30AM)
Clarity in town is worse than yesterday. From the looks of the Pine Creek web cam we have brown water coming. With CFS on the Lamar and Corwin coming up today might be the last day to give it a whirl for a while. We did talk to a few Yellowstone River clean-up boats that they saw a few caddis already.Keep an eye on the CFS charts for a dropping river or give us a call for the latest report as things can change. If the river is muddy we’ll be looking to fish the spring creeks, local private lakes, and the Madison. 1-406-222-7130.
Billman Creek kicking in a little mud near Sacajawea park today (4/22 7:38AM)
Clarity today (4/21 7:40AM) still green, but a bit dirtier than yesterday
The river is still green in town however it is muddy below the Shield’s. It looks like CFS is starting to creep up and Pine Creek looks a little dirtier than yesterday. If we have another hot day we could be looking at some mud coming. The Lamar hasn’t spiked yet but it is certainly coming up. It’s also a little windy over here today.
Today is the Yellowstone River Clean-up! If you have time to lend a hand meet at 9:30AM at the Civic Center in Sacajawea Park. If you are running late you can still pick up trash on the river and bring it back to the Civic Center by 2:00. There will also be a boat clean up station set up to clean your boat after having trash or metal in it. Thanks in advance to any volunteers!
Clarity today at Carters (4/20 - 7:45AM) Green is good...
Clarity looks good in town today and has been roughly the same for the past few days. The Shield’s river is still muddy, making down low “iffy” at best. Quite a few boats have been fishing somewhere in the Emigrant to 89 section. Billman creek has been making town a little dirty from where it enters near the lumbar yard. Looks like a good day to get out and fish!
Clarity today at Carters (4/20 - 7:45AM) Green is good...
Come on down!
This Saturday is the Annual Yellowstone River Clean-up. It looks like good weather this year some come on down and lend a hand if you can. Large trash bags will be provided. Bring your gloves, friends, and a boat if you have one. There will be a boat clean up station set up after you dump whatever trash you found in the boxes. There’s no better way to get some good river karma than helping clean it up!
A solid boat load...
Clarity in town (4/14 at 7:45 AM)
Clarity in town is green and looking good to go. The Sheild’s is still pumping mud in so down low is not looking worth while. Web cam at pine creek looks good as well. Look for rising fish eating baetis in the foam eddies. The streamer bite has been decent as well. Have fun, there should be some nice fish caught this weekend.
Clarity in town (4/14 at 7:46 AM)
Clarity yesterday at the Shield's confluence (4/10 at 7:30AM)
With April snow storms coming and going the Yellowstone is also going to be going back and forth in terms of clarity. The Shield’s is starting to dump in quite a bit of mud making the lower Yellowstone more brown instead of green. The clarity at Carter’s bridge today looked green and good to go. Pine Creek looks a tad dirtier from the webcam but still doable, especially if you are throwing streamers and going for a big brown. Looks like more snow tomorrow and Friday. Give us a call anytime for the latest update or to book a trip.
Clarity today at Carter's Bridge (4/11 at 7:45AM)
Baetis nymphs have been a good choice in the morning...
There’s still time to take advantage of the $45 rod rates on the creeks… Nelson’s has gone up to $80 already (where only 6 rods are allowed, verses 12 or 16), however, the rod fee at Armstrong’s and DePuy’s remains at $45 until April 14th. The baetis have shown up and the dry fly fishing has been good, especially in the afternoons. Mornings have been slower, however we’ve had good luck fishing baetis nymphs, scuds, midge larva, and other sparsely tied dark nymphs. There have also been quite a few fish eating midges, so be sure to bring a few of your favorite midge dries for the slower, more silty bottom sections. Give us a call anytime if you’d like to book a rod or a guide: 1-406-222-7130.
Please keep in mind the rainbows and cutthroat are still spawning. We ask that you watch where you step and avoid wading over any redds (cleared off gravel areas where the fish are spawning or spawn at night). If you happen to see fish actively spawning we ask that you just watch at let them do their thing, which will create more wild fish for all anglers to enjoy later.