-------Gallatin River valley they have fled. The cold water and the early hopper hatch has made the social aspects of crowded fishing worthwhile. The catching continues to improve by the day.
.. The standard assortment of trout fodder is currently gracing the valley in Yellowstone National Park.
.. Some PMD's in mid morning, followed by caddis. Hoppers are busy drowning as soon as they get some sun, ants have been seen doing the back stroke around Black Butte, and beetles are all over the ground.
.. Flies that work are simple and effective right now: San Juan worm, Yellowstone Sallies, small Rubber Legs, small Spruce Flies in the undercuts, and Hare's Ears nymphs, (with or without bead heads or gold ribs.) It's a good time to fish - just do it.
.. Remember - PLEASE !! - the bears are still in the valley. Carry bear spray, sing ribald songs, and fish with a partner.