Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Reports
Yellowstone River Report 7/5/2021
The Yellowstone has been fishing great but the recent storms have a mud plug moving through the river. Near Gardiner is still muddy and even down to the bottom of Paradise valley. There is enough visibility to catch fish but the river has a bit of shaping up to do. Salmonflies are all the way up and Goldens are above Corwin Springs. A bunch of caddis and yellow sallies have been throughout the river. Fish have been very willing to eat a dry fly. Chubbies and attractor dry fly patterns such as Stimulators or Para Wulffs have been excellent at tricking hungry fish. Dry dropper has been a really good rig with a Prince Nymph, Lightning Bug, or a Pheasant Tail off of a dry fly. Nymphing with a Pat's Rubberleg, Golden Stonefly Beadhead, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis Pupa, and Pheasant Tails, have all produced fish subsurface. Caddis have been coming off in great numbers and the evenings have been solid with pods of fish rising.
Upper Yellowstone River Webcam - Located above the river in Gardiner, Montana.
The Yellowstone could be good option this week with some good weather and relatively low winds. Nymphing with a pats rubberlegs, worms, zebra midges, baetis nymphs, and perdigons should bend the rod. Streamer fishing might be your best bet for a big boy though. Try and focus less on the banks and more on slow stripping the deeper buckets with a dark streamer. Keep an eye out for adult midges and bring some clusters for the fish up on them. It doesn't hurt throwing a peacock or black chubby in search of the fish looking up for the few skwalas that roam the Yellowstone River.
Recommended Guided Trips
Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s Montana fly fishing packages offer convenience and value by bundling our guided services together with lodging options in Bozeman. Check out the example pricing - based on double occupancy in the rooms and with one of our Bozeman fly fishing guides. Email us or fill out our contact form to make a reservation and confirm availability.
Please note that availability is extremely limited during the summer, we strongly encourage you to make reservations sooner, rather than later. Our deposit policy is the "friendliest in the industry" in that we don't require payment ($1.00) at booking and all reservations can be cancelled - with no penalty up to 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival date.
These rates are guaranteed until June 1, 2022 and are likely to increase as availability decreases in both rooms and our guides fly fishing servicesLearn More
Full Day guided fly-fishing trips are our standard offering and offer the best opportunity to truly get out and experience the fly-fishing opportunities around Bozeman that attract anglers from around the world
- Typical Full Day Trips Are 6-8 Hours in Duration
- 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
- Full Day Trips Are Generally Float Trips
- Full Day Trips Available on Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers
- Drive Time Is Typically 30-60 Minutes Each Way
- Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
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Yellowstone River Overview
The Yellowstone River is the quintessential large western river and provides a unique Montana fly fishing opportunity with over 100 miles of quality, wild trout water. In fact, the Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48. There is every type of water to be found through its course, including the whitewater sections of Yankee Jim Canyon, the placid glides of Paradise Valley, and the long riffles of the lower sections near Big Timber.