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.
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.