The Yellowstone River is getting close, we expect it to start fishing well in about 5 days. There were boats out on the water this weekend despite the visibility on the water below 6 inches and some fish being caught. The current cfs as of this morning is 11,700 cfs. We are getting to close to good conditions flow wise, we just need the clarity to improve.
The big river continues to remain dirty because the waters in Yellowstone National Park such as Soda Butte Creek and Lamar are still running high and dirty. The Lamar above Soda Butte Creek is fishable, the Gardner is running high and fast, but fishable with big stonefly dries and Slough creek is coming into shape. Look for everything in the Northeast end of the park to be fishing well and at more normal flows by the end of the week.
The visibility on the Madison river is clear at this point river wide and the flows continue to drop. The stoneflies after a great last weekend have finally appeared to have dissipated. Look for hatches of caddis, pmd’s and terresrials to bring fish to the net.
The Bighorn River has been holding steady at 12,000 cfs and is still high for this time of year because of the water that was held back over the past two months to mitigate flooding downstream. The river continues to fish well with pmd’s, yellow sallies and terrestrials. When this river comes down to normal flows it will be on fire!