Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Fishing Report

The Yellowstone River

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 terrestrials. As things cool off early next week and we see some precipitation the fishing should only get better. Look for BWO’s if you get some clouds. Your small parachute attracters will be a good choice. The streamer bite has been a little hit or miss but should …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report

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 rainy weather we saw. Wind was a bit of an issue yesterday. Today looks to be about the same only we have some color to the water from Gardner to Livingston. This is to be expected from the Lamar and some of the other smaller Yellowstone tributaries. You …

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September Fishing on the Yellowstone River

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 summer guests this year. We hope to see you again in the future! To everyone joining us for September and October, welcome! We are looking forward to a great end of the summer and what is shaping up to be a great fall. …

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

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 Livingston has been reported. More farmers have cut hay again and terrestrials have been moving to the banks. Mid valley the terrestrial bite has been good. Wouldn’t say it’s amazing but some good fish have been caught on the hopper fly. Beetles and Ants will still …

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Cooler Weather…

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 fishing pretty well. The hopper/nymph dropper rig is the go to for most. The white fish bite has been on so you may stay away from the bead head nymphs if you are looking for trout. We seem to be finding trout in deeper water and with …

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And So It Goes…

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 with possible T-Storms. We may even see some decent clarity as early as tomorrow morning but it may be until Wednesday until we see good visibility. We will keep you updated as much as possible throughout the week. Saying that people are fishing the river …

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And So It Goes…

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 with possible T-Storms. We may even see some decent clarity as early as tomorrow morning but it may be until Wednesday until we see good visibility. We will keep you updated as much as possible throughout the week. Saying that people are fishing the river …

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Terrestrial Time!

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 been working best on the Yellowstone River. The Spruce Moth is another terrestrial sometimes overlooked that can get fish to rise this time of year. The trick is finding where the fish are. We haven’t been fishing the banks at all. Most fish have been taken in deeper or faster moving …

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Another Big Bug!

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 to give us good dry fly action on big Stone fly imitations. The Nocturnal Stone (Claassenia Sabulosa) is a species of Golden Stone that not only is big in size but can also get big fish to come eat. As the name states, this …

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Can’t Always Get What You Want…..

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 right in Gardiner. The Upper Yellowstone web cam is picking this up as well. So the mud is heading to the Yankee Jim canyon area here pretty quick. Anglers can still likely fish from around here in Emigrant and downstream (North) for today. However, by tomorrow this mud will be …

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