Happy Easter! Things have warmed up a bit since last week’s storm. Despite record lows and some heavy snow shoveling across the state, we were happy to get the precipitation. The storm hit harder in some areas than others. For the Upper Yellowstone basin the storm brought our snow pack from around 75% up to 82%.
Early April fishing has been good on both the Spring Creeks and the Yellowstone. We’ve had a good mix of baetis and midges. Surprisingly fish have been eating dries even on brighter / windy days. Of course fingers are crossed for cloudy / non-windy days. The Nymph fishing has been the most effective, (since water temps have still been cold on the Yellowstone). The whitefish bite has been hot in the valley. The streamer bite has been slow in general however a few nice-sized browns have been caught.
Holden Russell with a nice sunny day streamer eater.
The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks have been fishing well. Baetis and Midge hatches have been coming off mid-day in decent numbers. Before the hatch gets going try a mix of sowbugs, scuds, and midge larva patterns. Rod fees have just changed as of 4/15. Armstrong and DePuy Spring creek have gone up to $80.00 per angler / day. Nelson’s Spring creek has gone up to $100 per angler / day.