A Spring-Like Warm Up Brings Floating & Willing Bite On Yellowstone

With the warming trend the water temperature is up just enough and browns are proving they're willing to move assertively for streamers. The ice has again diminished to an almost non-existent state, the river is floatable (including through Mallards Rest, although above Pine Creek there is an icy bottle-neck) but pretty bony at its lowest flows of the year--keep a keen eye on what's coming at you. The upper valley is seeing temps that are keeping it a little colder, from mid-valley downstream the bite is more willing. You still want to target slower deeper winter holding water but they are on the hunt for baitfish patterns representing an easy meal, with your retrieve think erratic but not fast. Midges while they haven't been as heavy as a week ago (heavy winds haven't allowed those that are hatching to hang around either) are a bit bigger and you will find some #16's in the mix. Look to slower tailouts, along with the foam holes for fish keying on the emergers and you will get some eats on top also.


 
The temps for nearly the next two weeks are predicted to be from the low 50's up into the low 60's around the Livingston area  with some precipitaton moving in Saturday through Tuesday. Also with the warmth comes everybody's favorite wind, but look for some calmer periods, uncover the boat and get out there.


 
Nymphs-  Girdle Bugs #10, Pheasant Tail Biot Bugs #12/14/16,  Prince Biot Bugs #12/14/16, Blue Copper John #16-18,  Olive Hares Ears #12/14/16,  Fur Caddis Pupa BH #12/14, Olive Caddis Pupa #12/14, Lightning Bug #18, Pheasant Tail FB Nymph #16-22, Zebra Midge #16-22, Red/Green Midge Larva #16-20, Pink/Red/Brown San Juan Worm #8-16, Tungsten Real Worm #8-12
 
 
Dries-  Griffiths Gnat #16-22, RB Midge #16-22, Ostrich Midge Para #16-20, Red Top Midge Emerger #16-20, Umbrella Emerger (Red/Olive) #16-20


Streamers- Olive/Brn Yuk Bug #4/6, White Marabou Muddler #4/6/8, White/Grizzly Conehead Bugger #4/6, Chinchilla Double Bunny #2, Zonker (chinchilla/silver) #4/6/8, Olive Mohair Leech #6/8, Olive RL Krystal Bugger #4/6
 


 
  
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