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App3Want to be able to check the Yellowstone River Report on the road? That’s just the beginning, when it comes to our new mobile app. We’ve been working hard over the last couple of months to make the app a useful tool for planning your trip to the Yellowstone River, whether you fish it weekly or it’s your first time. It’s got weather forecasts, GPS points for fishing accesses on the Yellowstone, Boulder, and Stillwater Rivers, as well as for places to eat and stay in the Livingston area, a hatch chart, links to river flow gauges, and much more. It’s now live for both Android devices and the iPhone. Click here to download the app for Android. Click here to download the app for the iPhone. Oh, yeah. It’s free! Please let us know what you think, particularly suggestions we might incorporate in future updates. GoogleAppStoreAnd send us your fish photos (from the Your Pictures tab in the app) and we might just add them to the gallery.

Weekend Outlook

The outlook is good. The fishing has been excellent on the Yellowstone River the last couple of days. Especially in the mornings; afternoons have been a bit slower. But some of the blame can be placed on yesterday’s afternoon wind. Today’s supposed to be breezy in the afternoon, but things look good for the weekend. Still, you might want to get an early start to your fishing day. Sweetwater Fly Shop opens at 7:00. The dry fly bite has been outstanding early in the day. Chubby Chernobyls, Parachute Madam X, Parachute Caddis, yellow sallies, JC Specials, Stimulators, you name it. Try a nymph dropper, or follow your big dry with a smaller dry. If things trail off later in the day, go below the surface. Maybe a dead-drifted streamer (Zonker, Slump Buster, Sculpzilla, Bow River Bugger…) with a nymph trailing. If you’re heading above Yankee Jim Canyon, I wouldn’t stop you from trying a small hopper; there are a ton of them around up there. And don’t forget about the stretches below Livingston; fishing has been good downstream as well. And stop by the shop after your Saturday float (5:30-7:30) for some free BBQ and to tell us how your day was.

Clearing

We’ve had reports this morning that there’s a good foot and a half of visibility up at Carbella. More green than brown. That sounds fishable to me! And things should be just getting better as the day progresses. So if you’re thinking of heading out on the Yellowstone River today, I say go for it. The river tends to fish well in clearing water. If you’re wanting to go dry-dropper, try a gold, purple, or royal Chubby Chernobyl with a smaller olive Zonker or peacock Sparkle Minnow. Or go with a Mangy Caddis, Kyle’s Beadhead Yellow Sally, red Copper John, King Prince, Dirty Bird, or CDC Pheasant Tail as a dropper. If you’re fishing a streamer under an indicator (or as a dropper), give it some movement; a few twitches can get a fish interested. Bring plenty of water; it’s going to be hot out there for the next couple of days.

Go East

There’s mud in the Paradise Valley of the Yellowstone River this morning. Pretty much from Gardiner downstream through Livingston (though there may be a “plug” of clearer water up by Point of Rocks). You won’t be alone if you go out towards Big Timber, but at least the fishing reports have been good down there. A Chubby Chernobyl with an olive Zonker as a dropper did well yesterday. You might even try a smaller Morrish Hopper – there are quite a few of the naturals jumping around on the banks. Stay tuned – we’ll update tomorrow. Hopefully this is a short-lived event.

What Are You Waiting For?

Work? Highly overrated. Go fishing this weekend, if you must. But get out there. We got excellent reports from the Yellowstone River yesterday, both in the Paradise Valley and downstream of Livingston. The trout are eating. They’re eating dead-drifted nymphs and streamers. And they’re eating dries. You can’t really go wrong with your fly choice. Chubby Chernobyls, caddis, yellow sallies, flying ants, attractor dries on top. Big stonefly nymphs, caddis pupa, yellow sally nymphs, King Princes, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Zonkers, Sculpin streamers, Buggers underneath. Stop by Sweetwater Fly Shop and we’ll point you toward some of our favorites. Fish the slower water along the banks. Fish the riffle corners, shelves, and in front of and behind midstream rocks. The fish are being found in all the places where they should be. Excuse a bit of hyperbole, but the next couple of weeks should be what we’ve been waiting for. Yes, the Yellowstone is finicky, and there’s always some slow days mixed in, but you won’t know if you don’t try.

If you’re fishing the Paradise Valley spring creeks, expect to be challenged. Bring your A-game (and a good selection of flies). The PMD hatch has slowed down; there were sporadic rises to hatching bugs on DePuy’s yesterday. And the fish were feeding selectively. Emergers were all we could get them to eat. And not just any emerger, either. So get yourself several different patterns, find a rising fish, and experiment. 7X tippet, drag-free presentation, and a bit of luck. Sounds tough, but when that fish finally eats your bug, you’ll feel like a champion. Classic spring creek fishing.

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