Wow! What a beautiful couple of days we’ve had in the past few days. When it’s warm this time of year AND the wind doesn’t blow upwards of 15 mph that’s a great day to go fishing around Livingston, Montana.
There’s not a whole lot of insect activity right now, but there are some midges in the afternoon, a few random baetis, and every once in a while you see those tiny black stoneflies crawling along the snowy banks.
Regardless, of the insect activity, the water is a balmy 39 degrees and flowing at 1,160 cfs so a small pheasant tail (sz 16-20) and a zebra midge dropper (sz 16-20) is a good nymph rig. You won’t have to go too deep as the water is low, plus you’ll want to concentrate on the inside riffle corners, side channels and tail outs of the pools. We’ve also been picking up a few nice Rainbows on white streamers dragged slowly off the banks.