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Clarity 3/10 (2:30 PM)

This past week things have taken a turn and gotten much warmer.  We’ve seen a few more people getting after lately, stopping in to get their 2018 fishing license.   Most have been going to the Spring Creeks but some anglers have also been hitting up the Yellowstone.  As warmer temperatures melt snow we expect to see clarity change.  Today the Yellowstone had a nice green hue to it although we heard rumors of a plug coming from up high.  Having a little green in the water is a good thing for streamer fishing.  The problem is the water temperature has been so cold lately they haven’t been chasing the streamer very well.  If you are going for the hog consider dead drifting a streamer under a bobber instead, with a rubber leg or beadhead nymph behind it to help pad your numbers a bit.  If clarity on the river does get dirtier by tomorrow, try fishing flashier flies or black flies that show up better in the mud.  You could also try fishing further down river but beware shuttles are not officially going yet and there are still ice shelves out there so be sure to scout your boat ramps before putting in.  The forecast for the rest of the weekend and next week is calling for more temps in the mid 40’s and 50’s.  Give us a call anytime for the latest updates and clarity reports.  406-222-7130.

"Breadwards" with a nice rainbow 3/10. Photo: Kelsey Edwards
Kelsey Edwards - caught on her own home tied "Pa's reliable" Photo: B.E.