The Yellowstone is low and cold but starting to fish better
CFS on the Yellowstone at Carter’s bridge is 1420, which means it is quite low to float in a boat. Launching a raft or simply wade fishing is a better way to navigate the riffles and gravel bars right now. The main hatch has been midges, however the wind can often blow them away quickly. Streamers are a good choice, or nymphing with a rubber leg and a small zebra midge as your dropper. For streamers try a mix of all the common colors and sizes (large articulated flies to smaller single hook size 8 in black, olive, brown, tan, yellow, and white). The Spring Creeks have been the best bet and with rod fees down to $40 a rod they are more affordable than the summer, (also with less people getting out right now due to the colder temps). Midges are the main staple on the Creeks as well. Scuds, sowbugs, and especially different colors and weights of midge larva have been effective. Give us a call for to book a trip or for a wind report! 1-406-222-7130.
A nice DePuy’s brown…
Clarity in town (2/6/24)
A nice rainbow on the MO! Tailwaters near and far have been fishing well. Photo: Joe Sherman