Yellowstone River - Livingston, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yellowstone River - Livingston, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The river should be a bit dirty but look for it to drop with the colder temps. Small, slowly retrieved streamers have been catching a bunch of fish, as have stonefly nymphs. Look for rising fish in eddies.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yellowstone River is currently Just OK

Water flow: 1810 cfs

Visibility: 22 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 46 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch: Anywhere that is slow moving with little ice.

Best access point: Above Emigrant Fishing Access.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, BWOs

Fish species: Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat Trout

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

Nearest airport: Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana

Person Fishing in a stream

Yellowstone River Description

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.

Techniques & Tips

Double nymph rigs with a stonefly nymph and a worm or a prince nymph will be the best bet. Large flies for the top fly like a rubber leg, worm, sculpin with a smaller fly off the back, Baetis, midges, Pheasant Tails. Big black streamers on the slow strip should work wonders as well. Don't be afraid to jig your streamers. BWOs are out and about, so keep an eye out for rising fish.

7-Day Forecast

Temps are predicted to be in the 40s most of the week and high 50s this weekend. Keep an eye on the wind. If it's ripping near Livingston, it's best to head to another river.


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