Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime July 4 - October 15)

Yellowstone River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Fins and Feathers-Bozeman's Tip of the Week

The river is still high and muddy at the moment. The Yellowstone is open again but many of the fishing access sites are closed. Be sure to check the FWP restrictions and closures map before heading out. We are guessing the river will come down enough to fish shortly after the 4th.

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Map of Yellowstone River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 6/30/22

Weather will remain nice this coming week with temps hanging around the 80's.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/30/22

If you do venture to the stone while it is blown out nymphing with bright patterns and streamers will be your best option.

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime July 4 - October 15)

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    Mountain Whitefish

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    Brown and Cutthroat Trout

Fins and Feathers-Bozeman's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Stonefly Black 10-6
Elk Wing Caddis Olive 14
Vernille San Juan Worm Red 8-10
Fly Formerly Known As Prince Peacock 12-16
Peanut Envy Black 4
Skiddish Smolt Silver 4
March Brown Olive, Black 14-12
Fly Formerly Known As Prince Natural 6
Pat's Rubberleg Black, Brown, Tan 6-10

Bead Head Stonefly

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Fins and Feathers-Bozeman's Recommended Gear

Description: About Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone is the longest undamned river in the US. It's also one of the country's premier trout streams. The 'Stone has good populations of Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat trout. It's water types very from rugged canyon's to scenic pastoral floats. The Yellowstone has something to offer any trout angler.

Nearest Airport:

Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Above Livingston

Best Access:

Above Emigrant Fishing Access.