YNP Report 7/16/2021 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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YNP Report 7/16/2021

    Current Conditions

    YNP is in full summer swing, so break out the hoppers and large attractor patterns. The hot weather is accelerating terrestrial fishing, so don't be afraid to use ants, beetles, and hoppers. Dry fly fishing is really good right now, use attractor patterns if there are no hatches on the water and watch for rising fish, especially in the morning and evenings. Use a dry dropper rig to cover more water and target feeding fish. Stonefly nymphs, caddis pupa, and mayfly nymphs will be effective when targeting fish underwater. The Madison is getting warm in the afternoons, as well as the Firehole, so choose an earlier start time when fishing these warmer waters. The Yellowstone lake area is open as of July 15th.


    The Park is closed to fishing for the season. Get out there next year!

    Remember to pinch barbs and no lead in Yellowstone National Park.

    Recommended Guided Trips

    Full-Day Guided Trip

    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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    Half-Day Guided Trip

    Looking for a quick introduction to fly fishing or only have a few hours to get out on the water with one of our fly fishing guides? A half-day float on the lower Madison is likely to be the perfect choice.

    • Half-Day Trips Are 3-4 Hours in Duration
    • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
    • Half-Day Float Trips On The Lower Madison River Only
    • Ideal For Families With Small Children (6+ Years Old)
    • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
    • Tackle and Drinks are Include
    • Waders and Boots are available for rent ($25 per person) or purchase - we recommend bringing your own or pack light rain pants if the forecast calls for rain as we rarely need waders during the guide season.
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    Fishing Licenses and Shuttle Info

    Make sure to read the Yellowstone Park Fishing Regulations before you fish.