While we patiently wait for the General Season Opener, May 19, there is some great fishing to be had in between the lakes – Betwixt. I don’t head down there very often and pound the same holes and now, after the warm temps over the past two days, Cabin Creek is pumping again so the right bank is quite dirty. Fish are eating all sorts of flies – rubber legs, pheasant tails, zerbra midges, eggs patterns and prince nymphs.
Lots of rainbows are spawning right now in every channel on the Madison River – be careful where you wade fish. Those shallow channels have enough water this spring, resulting in spawning beds (redds). When you see fish stacked up in 12 inches of water, realize that they are procreating.
Madison River – 84%
Gallatin River – 91%
Jefferson River – 61%
Missouri headwaters – 73%
The white gold up in the hills is holding in there. 60-75 degree temps are forecasted for the next 5 days, so some of this is gonna melt. Its May, therefore run-off is inevitable and this sort of thing is normal. We didn’t get anywhere near the snow pack that fell last winter. It actually feels like summer here in West Yellowstone. Hopefully, we get some more snow up in the high country in the next 6 weeks.
Missouri River Report – there has been good to great dry fly fishing on the Missouri River below Holter Dam. BWOs, March Browns and Caddis are hatching. The Caddis are not hatching river wide, however, the trout are eating caddis larva/pupa below Craig. The Missouri is fishing as well as it can – meaning that things up there are really good. Big Sky Anglers will be on the Missouri from May 27 through June 13 – we are booked solid for this time frame. We get up to the MO all summer long and have ears and eyes in Craig on an almost daily basis. Greg Falls, one of the best fishing guides on the river, works for us for over half of his season. Contact us for more information on our Missouri River guided fly fishing trips.