The river is low and in good shape. Streamer fishing has been very good – not a lot of fish but some nice browns for those willing to pay their dues. Nymphing has also been very productive as long as you are working holding water. The trout are still in slower runs due to colder water temps. The late morning midge hatches are bringing some fish to the surface on warmer, calm days (especially if there is some overcast weather). Baetis are just beginning to show up in small numbers.
The Month Ahead:
The spring baetis hatch will become a major hatch in late April and May. Large march browns are also going to be emerging soon and can make trout go wild even in small numbers. The Mothers Day caddis hatch should come off in the first 10 days of May. Spring fishing is often spectacular on the Yellowstone.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Yellowstone usually blows out around mid May and will probably clear and become fish-able in late June or early July.