Yellowstone River Fishing Report

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Report Date: 04/10/11 – The Yellowstone River is starting to fish quite well – if we could ever get few nice weather days in a row we’d have some great fishing. The water is cool for this time of the season, but we are still spotting risers on midges and baetis. The streamer bite has also been quite good early on this season. We expect to start seeing some better baetis hatches this week and the March Brown hatch should be right around the corner.


Not a strong hatch, but midges and some beatis. The hatch would have been a bit better but the breeze kept the bugs from going stronger.

Weather & Water Conditions:

Windy, windy, windy. Partly cloudy and nice temperatures in the upper forties/lower fifties are predicted for the remainder of the week.

Best Technique:

Shallow water nymphing with small baetis and midge nymphs; streamer fishing; looking for heads with small dries in the foam holes. For steamers a slower retrieve or dead drifting has been the best way to turn heads.

Best Bugs:

Tiny, sizes 18 – 22. Brassies, Zebra Midges, Miracle Midges for the midges and very small P.T. Nymphs for the baetis.  Yellow/brown or black streamers have been moving some really good browns and rainbows over the past several days.

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