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Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report – 04/16/11

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report – 04-16-11

Summary: Report Date April 15 & 16

Great weekend for some Montana fly fishing on the Yellowstone River with the Moses crew from Texas. While the weather in our part of Montana seems to be a couple of weeks behind schedule the fishing is worth getting out there.  There are good hatches of midges and baetis.  Fishing was spotty, but the right spots produced a number of good Browns and Rainbows with a few Cutthroats.  Our best of the weekend was probably a pair of 16″ Rainbows.

Hatches:
Continued midges and some beatis. The lighter the wind the better the hatches will be and the more risers you’ll start seeing.  March Browns and Mother’s Day Caddis should be appearing over the next couple weeks.

Weather & Water Conditions:
The water has that usual green color for this time of the year.  Partly cloudy and nice temperatures in the middle fifties with variable SW wind to 25mph.

Best Technique:
Shallow water nymphing with small baetis and midge nymphs.  We preferred pinch on indicators about 3 feet above the flies.

Best Bugs:
Sizes 16 – 20 Brassies, Zebra Midges, Miracle Midges for the midges and very small P.T. Nymphs and black Copper John’s for the baetis.

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