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

Yellowstone River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Fins and Feathers-Bozeman's Tip of the Week

Hopper fishing can still be working on the Yellowstone but it's really a day to day thing. if the hopper fishing isn't working nymph rigs with rubber legs or worms followed by attractor nymphs should work. trying some streamers early morning or on colder days could turn up some nice fish.

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Map of Yellowstone River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 11/10/22

The weather is looking nice and sunny early week and some colder rainy days are coming later on. The Yellowstone has been getting big mud plugs very easy this year so those rain storms could make it very off color late week.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/10/22

Hopper dropper or nymphing will be the most productive but throwing around a streamer could turn up some nice fish as well.

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
Blue Winged Olive 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
Hopper Olive, Black 14-12
Moto's Minnow 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


Hoppers and BWOs

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Above Livingston

Best Access:

Above Emigrant Fishing Access.