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Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 31st, 2020

Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 31st, 2020       The stone continues to produce as we fish our final days of summer and into the fall season. Boy, we have had another excellent hopper season. The banks have been thick with clicking wings and big bugs hopping from blade to blade of grass. The Yellowstone River watershed has always provided us with terrestrial fishing and this year has been as good as advertised.   We’ve got a bit of a cold spell from yesterday and today but the hopper bite should bounce back later this week as temperatures rise …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 23rd, 2020

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report August 23rd, 2020 Hopper season continues! Our terrestrial season in Paradise Valley is continuing to provide great fishing here on the Yellowstone River. We are seeing lots of mature hoppers on the banks and in the river. These cool nights and mornings are certainly slowing the hopper bite early in the day, but as the sun gets high and the banks warm up those bugs are making their way onto the water. Best hopper bite seems to be between 1pm and 5pm. With that being said, different days are going to shorten or extend that …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 15th, 2020

Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 15th, 2020 I know that I am a little behind on getting you all an updated report but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to catch fish on the Yellowstone this time of year! The buzz in the grass is still happening and hoppers are still the main course for trout in the Yellowstone River. We have had excellent fishing in all sections of the river. We are grateful for lower temps in the evenings and early mornings to keep our water temperature at a much more stable place than it was 2 weeks ago. Flows …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 1st, 2020

Yellowstone River Fishing Report August 1st, 2020   Its HOT out there! We’ve had a string of hot days and the weather isn’t looking to change too soon. We’ll drop back down into the 80’s next week but its still hot. Fishing will be best in the mornings and will certainly slow in the afternoons once water temps ramp up. Don’t panic, these hot days are going to make the hopper fishing that much better once the river temps are back in shape! Warmer water temps means less oxygen and more stress on the fish. We highly recommend getting on …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report July 26th, 2020

Things are seriously heating up here on the Yellowstone River. We are beginning to see more and more hopper activity on the banks and fishing is getting good. Not too hard of a decision when it comes to flies right now. Our aquatic insects are starting to slow as water temps rise. Hay has been cut here in the valley and has pushed lots of those grasshopper closer to the banks in search of taller grass. Likewise, as things continue to dry out, the grasshoppers are going to move to the banks where grass is healthier. We’re still seeing the …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report July 20th, 2020

Things are really starting to heat up here on the Yellowstone River. Conditions are only continuing to improve and we are excited for terrestrial fishing to arrive. The fish seem to have recovered from their salmonfly hangovers and are feeding again. Anglers have been having a lot of success both on the surface and below. Now is the time when reading water is vital in order to identify the optimal holding water for those feeding fish. Being able to identify structure and different depths in the river will only increase the amount of fish you bring to the net. When …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report July 12th, 2020

Big bugs have come and gone on most of the Yellowstone River. We are stilling seeing some golden stoneflies in the upper stretches but they are meager at best. Salmonflies are well into the park at this point. Plenty of opportunities for dry fly fishing elsewhere on the river. There are PMDs, caddis, drakes and yellowsallies within all sections of the river. Time of day and weather have definitely had an effect on predictability for the hatch. This is a funky time on the Yellowstone as many fish are sweating out their salmonfly hangover and slowly digesting those big bugs. …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report July 7th, 2020

We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves over the holiday weekend. With that being said, the Yellowstone River was BUSY this past weekend. We’ve heard all sorts of stories about boat ramp etiquette as well as river etiquette. Please do your best to behave while loading boats and on the river. We are all out to enjoy the river but need to respect that there are others doing the same as well as guides and outfitters out there to make a living. Just a friendly reminder to only be on the boat ramps when you are rigged and ready to launch, …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report June 27th, 2020

The Yellowstone River continues to drop into shape as we approach prime time here in Paradise Valley. Clarity continues to improve and we are starting to see lots of hatch activity. The river is still quite big but we have been able to get some trips out on it and the fishing has been pretty good. Should you come to fish with us, you can expect to fish under a bobber for most of the day. Which should be changing soon! Afternoon hatches are starting to get going but clarity is keeping fish from really keying into those bugs on …

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Yellowstone River Fishing Report June 20th, 2020

Well we can’t quite say that the Yellowstone is back back, but she’s certainly in better shape than we’ve seen for the past few weeks. This is the earliest that we have had boats back on the Yellowstone River in a long time. Clarity isn’t optimal but there is enough to get fish looking for food and flows are back down to a manageable level. Corwin is currently at 9660cfs and continuing to trend downward. There is a high chance of rain all day tomorrow so we can expect a small blip in the graphs. Depending on where that rain …

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