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Yellowstone River Fishing Report – May 17, 2022

Yellowstone River Fishing Report – May 17, 2022 And so it begins. The river has spiked in the last few days and we are currently experiencing a window of dirty water. Looking at the charts, we have made significant daily spikes across the Upper Yellowstone watershed. We are beginning to experience the start of the runoff season. Warmer day temperatures are melting snow at lower elevations. On the other hand, it is great to see the current snowpack stats! The Upper Yellowstone watershed can still use all it can get but we are excited to see it at 104% for …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report – May 7th, 2022

  Yellowstone River Update: Recent weather events have bumped up the flows on upper tributaries to the Yellowstone River and has dirtied up the river. The Yellowstone is currently flowing at 4420 cfs at Corwin Springs and 3429 cfs in Livingston.  Despite how it has been the last week, the river has turned from an off green color to brown. The river has bumped up nearly 3000 cfs over the last few days and should continue to go up in the next few days. On the bright side, more rain/snow means more water later in the season! We are really …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report April 2, 2022

Looking like fairly typical early April spring weather on tap for the week ahead.   Daytime highs in the upper 40s to low 50s every couple of days interrupted with chances of showers and some snow flurries mixed in.   Those cloudier days should herald the beginnings of the spring blue winged olive hatch along with the continuance of midges.   Trout have been active and fishing has been good!  We did go through an unusually warm spell a little bit ago and the river has bumped up a bit from the low flows we saw most of the winter. …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report- Mid Winter February 26, 2022

It’s been quite some time since we last posted anything for a fishing report. Apologies! It’s been a heck of a year…. There’s not a whole lot that is going on as far as reliable fishing these past handful of weeks. The entire river is frozen bank to bank in much of the valley. Especially above Pine Creek and lasting up to Mill Creek. Above Mill Creek there is a small open water channel in the faster areas but extensive shelf ice extends considerably on each side. Below the mouth of Depuy’s, there is a bit more open water but …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report June 19, 2021

Father’s Day weekend and we’re floating the Yellowstone?  Rare!  The fact that it’s damn near perfectly clear hovering around 7k flows is almost unheard of.  This is much more typical early July water levels.   With runoff seemingly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to get out there and enjoy the good fishing we are having!  There are not the big salmonflies in Paradise Valley or the upper river just yet.  Those are still a week plus away from popping.  But we are seeing really good caddis as well as PMD hatches starting to get fish looking up.  I think with …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report April 30, 2021

How’s the River Holding Up?  Are there caddis yet?  We get asked this a lot. Every year about this time at the end of April going into early May, we all want to know if we’re going to be the lucky one and hit the lottery. A fishable Yellowstone river, caddis blowing up all over, and trout recklessly in a feeding frenzy… Is it now? Not quite. The Magic 8-ball said “Try again later”….. Are we going to see everything align and have a window? Yes, possibly. If you’re wanting to go, suggest you do so soon. At least for …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report April 8, 2021

Warm weather and mixed precip of snow and rain earlier in the week has colored up the river a bit. It still has solid visibility for fishing but there is some color to it. We would say that vis is in the 2-3 ft range. Nothing to scare you away from fishing but something to consider before coming over. We have had some boats out there and fishing seems to be solid here in the valley. It seems that most of the traffic has been focused between Pine Creek and 89 Bridge. We haven’t gotten a confirmed report, but it …

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Flyshop Will Be Closed Tuesday, April 13

Just want to let everyone know that the shop will be CLOSED next Tuesday, April 13. Northwest Energy is going to be shutting off our power and thus we have decided to close up shop for the date. We’ll be back to our usual spring hours (Tues. – Sat. 9am-5pm) on Wednesday, April 14. If you need to get a hold of us on Tuesday, please send us an email to [email protected] or send us an inquiry via the contact us page on our website. We hope that you can all get out and enjoy the weekend and good day of …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report March 12, 2021

Yellowstone River Fishing Report March 12, 2021 It’s time to pull the boats out of the garage and dust of your rods! Warm weather has decreased the ice flow and the Yellowstone temps have come up. Ranging around 40 degrees at the height of the day. Midges are certainly a good option throughout the day, and you should expect a hatch on the calmer overcast days. If you are going to get out, the last couple hours of daylight should be really good. Zebra midges and smaller flies in the #18-#20 range should be good to imitate midges. Black will …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report October 3rd, 2020

Yellowstone River Fishing Report, October 3rd, 2020 Apologies for the for the delay on the fishing reports! Its been a little while since we put one up and the fishing has definitely changed. It is definitely starting to feel like fall here as we are seeing temperatures well into the 30s during the early hours of the day. Although the hoppers are still out, they are dwindling by the day. It is time to start focusing more on aquatic insects and less on terrestrials. Baetis(BWOs) and hecubas(fall drakes) are going to be the most prominent bugs you see while you …

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