Baetis Foam Nymph,
and Baetis Soft-Hackle. Especially the one that broke my 6X tippet with this soft-hackle seemed a fair size cutty. I often use 6X tippet during baetis time and keep in mind to slip-strike. But the excitement oftentimes makes me set the hook harder, which causes tippet-breaks.
I can't emphasize the diversity of Yellowstone River, either in the Park or Montana section, as it's the longest free running river without any dams. This section just below the town of Gardiner is a very good free-stone and pocket-water run, like Madison. Link was working on a spot ahead of me.
It was cloudy and quiet in the morning without any gusts but the day turned out to be very sunny and warm in the afternoon, up to 60F. It was a very good day to go outside but we had to see it was not quite expecting for baetis and midge hatches to fish with dry-flies. We switched into nymphs and streamers. I caught a so-so rainbow on a Rubber Leg.
After all the fishing with scuds and midge larva at Bighorn, today I expected and pushed myself into some amounts of dry-fly fishing, regardless of catches or trout sizes.
Link caught a so-so brown (we didn't take a picture or two).
And we both caught whitefish whether we liked or not (obviously no pictures).
So between two, we managed "Yellowstone Grand Slam" = catch bow, cutty, brown, & whitie.
Right now we are simply enjoying the end of harsh winter. And then we still have about a month before the famous Yellowstone's run-off will start. Right now Yellowstone is offering all kinds of fishing; dry-fly for midges & baetis, nymphs, and streamers.
By the time run-off hits the river, I will be breeding cows all through Montana. Then again, we all expect well-known Mother's Day Caddis hatch and spring streamer bites in this mixed time of the season. And our feelings and expectations will be mixed as well........
Thank you, Link, for a great day!!