Fishing has been fair to good using a mix of dry flies, wet flies or streamers, depending on when you plan to fish. Flows: Firehole R. – 57 cfs at Old Faithful. Gibbon R. at Madison Junction – 119 cfs. Madison at West Yellowstone – 438 cfs. Anglers have been successful using size 10-22 bead-head nymphs. Streamers work okay when no hatches are present. Ant, beetle or small hopper patterns are working for dry fly enthusiasts. Fish deep with small nymphs or soft hackles. One can strip streamers through the deeper pools and runs. Expect better dry fly action early or late. Water temps... View Article
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Beartooth lakes are plentiful above 8500 feet along Highway 212 to Red Lodge, Montana. The lakes on the WY side are beginning to fish great. Small leeches and stripped bead head nymphs, like soft hackle Prince and Bloody Mary are working. Warming temps are giving anglers dry fly action on ants, beetles, midges, caddis and tiny pale evening duns.
Fish beadhead nymphs size 10 and smaller in the pools and deeper runs. Attractor dries such as royal trudes, royal Wulffs and parachute Adams are good dry fly choices. Little Sunlight Creek is clear and fishable. Trout are small brook trout with some Yellowstone cutthroat. Pack bear spray!
Lots of caddis now. Smaller stoneflies and some pale morning duns and green drakes also hatching. Try fishing rubber legged stonefly nymphs trailed by a smaller beadhead along the banks in the softer water. CFS: 868 (these flows are at Belfry, MT) – The Clarks Fork has less flow leaving the Wild and Scenic Canyon area. One can wade the river in places now downstream from the canyon. The lower Clarks Fork is muddy but shold clear in the next few days. Flies for the lower Clark Fork: medium size rubber-legs in black, brown or purple are good if trailed... View Article
Temps are at the critical stage – 73 degrees on the surface! – at East Newton Lake. Damsels, smaller Callibaetis, ants, beetles and smaller hoppers are working on top. It’s a smorgasbord at East and West Newton now! Midge pupae, damsel nymphs, scuds and leeches working below the surface. Make sure you revive any fish caught before releasing. In fact, fish other lakes where water temps are not critical.