Yellowstone River Fishing Report
The river is still a good option closer to Gardiner and through Paradise Valley but the lower river develops a lot of ice shelves and becomes difficult to fish. During cold snaps be aware of slush and drifting ice. Plan on fishing the after lunch hours with nymphing being the staple. Rubber legs trailed by a prince is as fancy as you need to get. Small general-purpose nymphs in flashy or brightly colored varieties can be effective as well. The most important thing is to find a nice winter holding run with steady slow current and a few feet of depth. Stripping streamers on warmer days can move some big, hungry fish that are becoming more active after the long, cold winter.
The Month Ahead:
As the weather warms look for more and more open water to fish on the Yellowstone. Focus on the deeper holding runs and start looking for rising fish on the warmer days. Keep an eye out for warm spells and try to focus your fishing efforts during those times.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Yellowstone will continue to improve over the next month barring any dirty water events. Look for warm spells and focus your fishing days on them.