Yellowstone River Report 5/18/2020

Yellowstone 5/18: The river has still been running off color through Columbus. Warmer weather has flows on the climb. There may be a window of fishing to be had before runoff is here to stay. Look for Caddis coming off and If there’s a foot or so of visibility on the edges, it’s enough to fish. Most anglers have been streamer fishing. The Grinch allowed to sink and stripped slow has been the ticket. Trail a beadhead nymph of some sort off the back as well. For nymphing, try a Pat’s rubber leg, girdle bug, pepperoni yuk bug or dark stonefly pattern with a smaller beadhead nymph like a poxyback march brown, hare’s ear, prince, batman, optic nerve, or pheasant tail, midge or Lil’ Spanker as a dropper. Don’t hesitate to throw a dry fly in likely water or on the clearer edges even if there’s no apparent activity. A purple haze, march brown, small stimulator or jack cabe with a caddis pupa nymph dropped off the back is a good setup. The river is unlikely to completely clear up from here on out, but if fish can see them to key in on them, anglers should be able to get fish to eat the Caddis.

By Chris Fleck River Reports