Today I had the rare opportunity to fish with my lovely girlfriend Chelsea on the Yellowstone River. The weather was 65 degrees and sunny with a 10 – 15 mph upstream wind, which made things cooler than the temperature would suggest. However, the MOTHER’S DAY CADDIS HATCH is ON! We put on the water about 12 PM and by about 3 PM the caddis started. Now, this isn’t the full-blown caddis hatch, but just the beginning trickle. Today Chels caught several nice fish up to 16″ and we expect the hatch to build the next couple days and the larger fish to start taking notice. Tomorrow it should climb to 77 degrees with a light west wind so we predict full-blown caddis by 2 or 3 PM tomorrow afternoon. GET OUT THERE!
CADDIS! There are also some March Browns, Baetis (on the cloudy days) and midges. There should be caddis tomorrow so concentrate on emergers and pupae before the hatch.
Don’t worry about hitting the water too early in the day, 11 AM is plenty early. Concentrate on caddis pupae/larva in the early part of the day and by Noon-ish make sure you have a caddis emerger on at least one of your flies. By 2 or 3 PM you should start seeing some adults, but the trout will probably still take the emerger quite well.