The Yellowstone has just enough clarity that it may be worth a shot today. The Lamar looks like it took a bump however (and more rain is expected tonight), so today could be the last call for a double haul. Snowpack has been fluctuating with the recent Spring storms. Currently the Upper Yellowstone River Basin is sitting at 84% water-snow equivalency. Unless the weather warms up drastically we are anticipating a mellow runoff this year and the Yellowstone should be fishing as early as mid-late June this year.
In the meantime, the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are going to be the best “local” option while the Yellowstone is still muddy. The rod fee per at Armstrong’s and DePuy’s is still $80 until June 15th (then they are $120). Rod fees at Nelson’s Spring Creek are $80 until June 1st, then they are $100 until June 15th, and $120 from June 15th-July 31st. PMD nymphs, scuds, midges, midge larva, and thin, sparsely tied beadheads have all been working well. The lower Madison has also been a good option while the Yellowstone is muddy, or if you are up for a little windshield time, the Missouri or Bighorn have both been fishing well. Now is also a good time to stock up on flies or purchase a new rod and reel while supplies last. Give us a call to order a rod or to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.