Yellowstone River Fishing Report – 04/20/12

Yellowstone River Fishing Report – 04-20-12

Fishing/Weather/Water Conditions:

Another great Spring fishing day on the Yellowstone River.  We had the great fortune of fishing with a couple from Texas yesterday.  We landed about 30 trout during the day.  While most of the trout were between 12 – 15 inches we did land several nice Rainbows in the 16+ inch class.  The weather was cloudy with light wind.  Water visibility was a good 2 to 3 feet with good greenish clarity.


Baetis and midges were present throughout the day.  By 3 PM we had a prolific Baetis hatch which lasted about an hour.  During this time we saw trout feeding on emergers and duns (dries).  We also saw a few March Brown’s, but not enough to be significant.

Fishing Techniques:

We are definitely still doing best with our short leash nymph rig, where the flies are 2 to 4 feet below the small indicator.  There are however starting to be more rising trout, so having a rigged dry fly rod handy would be a good idea.

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