Yellowstone River Fishing Report 2/16/2012

Yellowstone River Fishing Report 2-16-2012

Well, it’s two days after St.Valentines day and I’ve already fished about 15 days this year. The mild winter up here has kept most of the rivers ice free which is good for those of us who enjoy rising fish and solitude on the rivers. What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we were waist deep skiing powder, this year we’re waist deep in the rivers.

We’ve been fishing the Yellowstone pretty much anytime the wind isn’t blowing. It’s a great time to be out swinging streamers or looking for rising fish. Dry fly fishing has been much more productive on cloudy days. When the sun is out we’ve been able to pick fish up on small zebra midges, blood worms, and emerging midge patterns.

We’ll be on the Upper Madison tomorrow with an update soon to follow! (We’re hearing reports of big fish being caught on midge dries!!)

DePuy Spring Creek Fishing Report 05-16-11

Fly fishing DePuy spring creek today would have been a challenge for anyone. The breeze, no make that full-on wind, was brutal so the baetis and midges on the surface were hard to come by. However John and Jeff, fresh from the Bighorn River and Steve Galletta’s Montana Trout Anglers weren’t detoured. We caught enough good trout in the morning to make it interesting, and then even with the wind picking up speed in the afternoon, we managed to find a small piece of water that was relatively unaffected. Patience was the name of the game and a small (18) Zebra Midge under the smallest pinch-on indicator was the ticket. We land about 15 trout, which is good for any day on the ever technical water of DePuy’s -, especially with the tough conditions! Hats off to the boys from Ohio.

Best Bugs
Tungsten Zebra Midge, Brown Olive Surface Emerger and Harrop’s CDC Last Chance Midge (sizes 18-22).

As the Yellowstone and surrounding waters are blown out due to high spring water and will be for the next five or six weeks we are off to the Missouri River for the next several days, so we’ll keep you posted.

If you’re looking for some good fly fishing in Montana in the near future join us on the Missouri or one of the local spring creeks or make sure to check out Montana Trout Anglers on the Bighorn.

– somewhere near the water via iPad

You Know You are in Livingston, Montana When…

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Here are just a few of our favorites…

  • You hear people say ‘crick’ instead of ‘creek’

  • You’re not surprised to wake up to several inches of snow in ANY month of the year
  • You leave your truck and house unlocked on a regular basis
  • You can’t find a parking spot near the bar because of all the trucks with drift boats behind them
  • No one is weirded out by firearms in a vehicle.  Furthermore, the only comments you hear are, “how do you like that scope?”
  • None of the locals are surprised to hear that another semi-truck blew over from the wind on the interstate
  • The entire town shuts down for the July 4th parade
  • You use your truck heater in the morning and air conditioner in the afternoon
  • People you don’t know pass you on the street and say, “hello”
  • In three weeks of straight fishing you’ve never fished the same piece of water twice

How do you know you’re in Livingston, Montana?

Spring Fishing in Montana


Spring fly fishing in Montana on the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and the Spring Creeks of Armstrong, DePuy, and Nelson can be some of the best of the year.  In fact, many of our summer guests ask us when we get time to fish.  The answer – springtime!  While the weather can be variable the fishing is quite consistent.  Those of you considering an early season get-away, here’s a rundown of what you can expect.

The weather and conditions are varied so come prepared for temperatures from the low 40’s to mid-’60s.  On occasions, there is snow, which should not stop your fishing, but if it does, this is also the prime time for wolf watching in the nearby Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.  Buffalo, elk, and other game, that grew weary over the harsh winter, often fall prey to the wolves at this time and the packs can be seen from the road!  This wonder has drawn worldwide interest and many people are coming to our region specifically for this event.

The benefits of springtime travel in Montana have not caught on nationwide, but for the passionate community of people who love the West, it is the only time to be here.  For “locals”, this early fishing season is a treasured un-crowded time unlike any other.  It’s often been suggested Montana natives named it the “Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch” so they could have the best dry fly fishing for themselves for three weeks before.

As for what you can expect for the fishing:

March-early April bring us great midge and baetis fishing.  The water is usually low and clear, so good presentation is the key to fishing success.  That said, the fish are eager to eat after the long winter’s cold.  Water temperatures warm and the fish get active.  Warm afternoons are best, especially on cloudy days even if it’s snowing outside.  The added bonus is that if the weather turns cold and snowy Bridger Bowl ski area is only 35 miles away – ski in the morning and then fish the afternoon hatch!

Mid-April – early May really gets us excited.  One of the most spectacular hatches anywhere in the world is right around the corner – the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch on the Yellowstone River.  Describing this hatch, when it’s full blown, is almost impossible. You might think we’re exaggerating, but that’s why we’ve included some photos so you can judge for yourself. The river has an orange hue when the hundreds of thousands of caddis hatch in the afternoon. In the beginning stages of the hatch, trout are eager to feed on these tasty morsels along the river banks and in back-eddies.  While the caddis hatch gets most of the attention the March Brown’s can be just as spectacular.  What trout wouldn’t want to eat a size 12 to 14 mayfly after a long winter’s slumber?

In an effort to get some of our long-time summer fishing clients to get a taste of the great Montana spring fishing we offer a 15% discount from our standard guided fishing rates.  So if this sounds like an interesting time of year let us know and we can fill you in on more details. This opportunity is available from March until the first week of June.