Angler’s West Fly fishing Reports

Angler’s West Blog and Yellowstone Area Flyfishing Report is updated regularly. This is where you will find the latest information about the area's rivers, stream flows, weather, and  what's hatching as well as fly patterns to use.   You’ll also find gear reviews, reports for other area streams like the Madison and Gallatin rivers, and general information about the Yellowstone and Paradise Valley region.

More Yellowstone River Sections Opened Up to Use

Sep
16
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

  Hot off the press from Montana FWP, more Yellowstone River sections are open to use as of this morning.  Previous announcements late last week had the waters from Carbella to Point of Rocks FAS re-opened and folks have been steadily coming by the flyshop with requests to know if more...

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Fall Weather!

Sep
13
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

  The Yellowstone River from the Point of Rock FAS to the Highway 89 Bridge FAS is still currently closed. Above Point of Rocks FAS and below Highway 89 Bridge FAS the river is open to all recreational activity. The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks and all of the Yellowstone Tributaries except...

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RE-Opened Sections of the Yellowstone River!

Sep
6
2016

Posted & filed under Events.

A quick update on the Yellowstone River. Straight from the FWP website:    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reopened the upper stretch of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries to fishing Tuesday – from the border of Yellowstone National Park to the Carbella Fishing...

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Not the Yellowstone, but Pretty Damn Good

Sep
1
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

 K. Brougher getting things done on the Madison this week.  Yellowstone river closure still has us and other Paradise Valley/Livingston outfitters and fly shops heading "over the hill" on days to float fish with guests.  Other than the first day or so of the closure, it really...

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Left with an Empty Feeling

Aug
24
2016

Posted & filed under Yellowstone River Fishing Reports.

  Eerie.  That one word describes what it's like along the banks of the Yellowstone River right now.  There's no one.  Empty river, empty fishing access sites.  Nothing.  In places where on a typical August day there would be 10 or more trucks with trailers...

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Late July Fishing Report

Jul
24
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

As we move through the end of July and into August we again are looking at some pretty skinny water along with rising water temps. Water in Livingston has hit 70 degrees two out of the last 3 days. It has stayed a few degrees cooler in the upper valley and above Yankee Jim Canyon.  The...

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Back on Track

Jul
14
2016

Posted & filed under Yellowstone River Fishing Reports.

 @Mill Crk @ Emigrant Bridge       Strong storms moving through earlier in the week had the fortunate effect of much liked precipitation.  Soak the garden, put snow on the mountain tops kind of precipitation and cooler weather.  As we reported earlier, the...

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PMDs in Paradise

Jun
28
2016

Posted & filed under Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fishing Reports.

  Late June and PMDs on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are typically synonymous.   There has been no exception thus far.  PMDs actually were seen, albeit just here & there over 2 weeks ago.  It's been fairly light as far as angler traffic until last week when things...

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Fishing on the Yellowstone continues!

Jun
26
2016

Posted & filed under Yellowstone River Fishing Reports.

It has been a great week over here in Paradise Valley. A ton of bug activity has kept fish on the rise and the bite has been outstanding. The Salmon Flies seem to be mostly on the upper stretches of the Yellowstone near Gardiner and above. You will see the occasional adult fluttering lower....

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Area Update and Fishing Report

Jun
9
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Whoa! It's been a little since we posted anything so here is a quick update on what's happening in SW Montana and in Yellowstone National Park! The National Park opener was great. Lots of anglers out but lots of fish to be had. The Madison, Firehole and Gibbon were the places to be. Since then...

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Get Ready for the YNP Fishing Opener!

May
22
2016

Posted & filed under Montana Fly Fishing News.

As you trudge through the workweek keep your spirits high because this Saturday, May 28th is opening day for the Yellowstone National Park 2016 fishing season! With most of our freestone waters out of commission due to runoff the park will offer a variety of fishing options that will remain...

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There are still options!

May
11
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

That's right! Even though the Yellowstone is out of order, that doesn't mean we are done fishing! The spring creeks have been fishing great with Baetis in the afternoon. Midges before and after. Better bug action on the overcast days. The few private lakes in the area will also be good options with...

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Time for Bugs!

Apr
26
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

The Lamar and Soda Butte have leveled off the last few days and we should start to see some better clarity to our river. Even now you will be able to catch fish. The Caddis have been thickest near the Carters Bridge and Pine Creek access sites. The bugs may taper off a little with the cooler...

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Get while the gettin's good!

Apr
20
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

If you can afford to get out today or tomorrow on the Yellowstone, do it! The Caddis have started to go on lower portions of the river especially in and around Livingston. The problem are these hot days. The snow is starting to melt rapidly, especially when temps reach into the 70's. The Lamar...

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It's not all bad. Where would you fish?

Apr
12
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Yes we have had some warm weather and the Yellowstone gained some (well a lot) of color to it the last few days but that doesn't mean fishing is off! We just have to work a little harder for fishable water. The places to look for now are mouths of creeks and streams that are still running...

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Make it Count!

Apr
5
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

It's April which means unpredictable weather and great fishing opportunities. We have a little more than a month (hopefully) until the high elevation snow starts to melt and render the Yellowstone out of service for a bit so make your fishing days count! Out fishing this past week you can tell...

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Marching Toward "Spring"

Mar
8
2016

Posted & filed under Yellowstone River Fishing Reports.

  The weather.  Always something that confounds us anglers.  Not very often is it "just right".  Instead it's too sunny and one can blame a lack of a "bite" on the premise that the big orange orb in the sky has fish staying in the depths.  Or the case may be that it's...

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Feb
29
2016

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

We hope everyone has been enjoying these winter months and looking forward to an exciting spring! First off if you haven't renewed your fishing license, do so now. The one purchased last year expires today! Make sure to check out the new pricing and fishing regulations for the 2016 season. A good...

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Catch more trout (also enjoy the awesome fall scenery)!

Oct
17
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

If the native Mountain White Fish have taken a liking to you this fall first, take a deep breath. This is their spawning time and they are very active and will eat everything. Second, take the bobber off. Any bead-head nymph dead drifted is going to get absolutely crushed by white fish this...

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Fishing this weekend? Here is what you need to know.

Oct
8
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

If you thinking about heading out this weekend for some fall fishing here is what you need to know.   The weather is looking to be a bit warmer than usual starting Friday and into Saturday. Bright sun and hot temps will put fish down and the bugs will be less active. You may see some...

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Oct
3
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

The Yellowstone River is seeing some really awesome BWO hatches mid afternoon around 2:00PM with this cloudy weather! Tomorrow is supposed to be the same as today (cold and rainy) so expect the hatch. The next few days are supposed to have mostly sunny skies so you may not see as many bugs....

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Yellowstone National Park

Sep
29
2015

Posted & filed under Yellowstone National Park Fishing Reports.

Recently the water in Yellowstone National Park has been fishing well. The Madison, Firehole and Gibbon would be a great place to start. Look for BWO's and Caddis in the morning. Once things warm up throw terrestrials. The Madison and Firehole can be very fun swinging soft hackles and...

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Fall on the Spring Creek

Sep
25
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

We have seen some tough fishing the last few days with the unseasonably warm and sunny weather. Things should get back in shape pretty soon as we look forward to cooler, wetter weather early next week. Angler's have still had success on midge larva, pupa, and adult patterns. Baetis nymphs will...

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The Yellowstone River

Sep
25
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

The Yellowstone River is still running clear and low. Water temperatures are still looking good through this week even though it has been pretty warm(even hot) and sunny. Most of the reports are of okay to slower fishing but we have had a few really good days on the upper stretches with...

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Sep
16
2015

Posted & filed under Yellowstone River Fishing Reports.

There's snow in them mountains! Yesterday reports on the Yellowstone were mixed. We heard of very good fishing above Yankee Jim Canyon and in the upper valley. Mid and low valley were not so great. Fish were being taken on mostly mayfly patterns. BWO's, and Drakes. This was due to the cooler...

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September Fishing on the Yellowstone River

Aug
30
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

September is here and we feel very lucky this year to still have good fishing in our backyard. Mother Nature gave us a scare this spring with a shorter runoff but due to numerous rain showers and storms, our water has kept cool and fishing has been pretty good. A big thank you to all of our...

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Terrestrial's, Nocturnal Stone's, Trico's and Drake's

Aug
25
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

We were greeted at the shop this morning by a small cluster of Trico's, (see the three tails)? Just one of the options for you out on the river right now. The Yellowstone River has been fishing pretty well this last week. Very good dry fly action on the Nocturnal Stone imitations east of...

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Cooler Weather...

Aug
19
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Burrrr.... Summer gone? Not a chance but the cooler temps this last week sure made us bundle up. The weather definitely has put a slow down to the hopper and terrestrial action in the morning. Once things heat up those bugs get going and will get some action. The Yellowstone River has been...

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Aquatics work in Soda Butte

Aug
11
2015

Posted & filed under Events.

A little update on the work being done on Soda Butte this August. Today, the National Park Service, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, US Forest Service, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department will start its project on Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone National Park. The goal of this project is to...

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And So It Goes...

Aug
10
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Late last week rain and storms put our river out of commission. It looks to be the same today. These pictures were taken up at Gardner this AM and show that water clarity is not great. Fortunately the river is clearing, but very slowly! The weather man is calling for drier conditions for the week...

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Terrestrial Time!

Aug
4
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

That's right, terrestrial time! Here in the Yellowstone Valley and up into Yellowstone National Park the terrestrials have been the flies to fish. Small hoppers, ants, and beetles will do the trick on most rivers and streams where you see these bugs present. The tan hoppers sizes 10-14 have...

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Another Big Bug!

Jul
27
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

People ask, "Why can you fish the Chubby Chernobyl a majority of the summer and have success on it?" Our answer is this picture right here. Long after the Goldens, Salmon flies, and Sallies are gone, this guy (yes this is a male, although he is missing his rear end) appear at the end of July...

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Can't Always Get What You Want.....

Jul
24
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

We knew it had to be coming.....  And that mud from the Park has finally shown.  With the strength of the weather systems we were faced with yesterday, we may have a couple days of this.  Today's photo is from the Flying Pig Adventure Company's back deck overlooking the river...

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River is Clean

Jul
23
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

  Despite the Booming thunderstorm that hit the upper valley area yesterday, the Yellowstone remains in plenty fishable shape today.  Had report from Gardiner first thing this morning- before I even had morning coffee- that things looked A-OK up top.  No mud in...

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Forest Service to Extend Emigrant Mine Proposal Comment Period

Jul
21
2015

Posted & filed under Events.

    Due to an outbreak of public comments received last week (!!), Custer-Gallatin National Forest Representatives have decided to extend the period with which comments would be taken on the Proposed Lucky Mineral's exploratory mining venture on the side of iconic Paradise Valley's...

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report, July 20, 2015

Jul
20
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

It has been a week of trial, error, and success out there on the Yellowstone River. We have had a few mud plugs to fish around last week but the water is looking great today. Water temps are in the mid 60's and it looks as if the water will hold in the mid to upper 60's until the end of the week....

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report, July 13, 2015

Jul
13
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

The rain and cooler temperatures last week really had a positive effect on the Yellowstone river. Yes we did have a week trying to find fish-able water in-between sections of mud but things are looking even better for the future. Water temps near Livingston are hovering around 63 degrees today...

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report, July, 6 2015

Jul
6
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! Why not kick off the month with a good old 65 mile mud plug? Well unfortunately that is what we are seeing today as we look out on to the river. The rain yesterday bumped flows on the Gardner and the Yellowstone is unfishable from Gardner to...

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report June 23, 2015

Jun
23
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

The Yellowstone is still fishing very well as we are seeing a lot of bugs out on the river. To name a few, Salmon Flies (In and above Yankee Jim Canyon), Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, Caddis, PMD's, and Green Drakes. The Yellow Sallies, Golden's and Caddis, span the entire valley and...

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report June 18, 2015

Jun
18
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

The Yellowstone has been dropping into shape the last few days. The Water is green and it looks very good. We had a little mud plug yesterday due to some rain in the park but it is clear of the valley now. The big Salmon flies have been spotted by the 26 mile boat launch. Fish are eating...

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report, June 12, 2015

Jun
10
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Still waiting on the Yellowstone. Flows are staying consistent in the 8000-9000 cfs range at Corwin Springs above Yankee Jim Canyon. Flows are even higher in the valley and towards Livingston. Clarity is very poor. The smaller tributaries are clearing each day and may drop into shape...

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Yellowstone Area Fishing Report June 6, 2015

Jun
6
2015

Posted & filed under Fishing Reports.

Runoff time for the Yellowstone! We are in it now. High muddy water looks to be the river conditions for the next couple of weeks. We will keep you posted once things start to look fishy again! Fishing on the Spring Creeks has slowed a little this last week due to bright sun and hot...

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Streamflows

Stream Flows

(cfs): 984
55.22 F°
(cfs): 1600
53.6 F°
n/a
55.4 F°
(cfs): 133
51.62 F°
(cfs): 7.6
(cfs): 98
(cfs): 84
(cfs): 130
(cfs): 376
52.16 F°