End of July Yellowstone River Fishing Report
A long drawn out runoff this spring and summer has made fishing a bit different than usual. Hatches have been delayed, river flows were high, fishing had been inconsistent. Now that we have reached the standard summer water levels the fishing has been on point on all of the Bozeman area rivers. The Yellowstone in particular has been fishing exceptionally well. With golden stones, caddis, PMD’s, and now terrestrials available to eat the trout are happy to eat on top. Nymphing has been a solid option as well with just about any nymph if you want to catch a pile of whitefish. Expect only a few trout a day when throwing nymphs around. The Streamer fishing has been on fire as well. An angler will not likely stick a ton of fish but the opportunity to hook up with a monster trout is very real. Our Bozeman fly shop has just received and extensive order of new flies that will be some of the best for late summer fly fsihing.
A 9′ 6wt. faster action rod like the Sage X or Helios 3D have been our go to sticks. They have the versatility to throw the big attractor dries and streamers but will still have enough power to help one punch through the infamous Paradise Valley winds. Now is the time to chase the fish of a lifetime on the Yellowstone River and our guides have had some great success with it recently. Book a Fins & Feathers guided trip for a fun day of hot action on the Yellowstone with one of our world class guides and a shot at big bad Walter Brown!