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Yellowstone River Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

Big Sky Country is our backyard. We've put our passion for Montana fly fishing trips to work and have hand-picked a selection of fly-fishing lodges, overnight float trips, and day trips. If you're thinking of a Montana fly fishing vacation, looking for a multi-day wilderness fishing experience, or just visiting Bozeman or Missoula or another Montana town and want to add on a fishing trip, let Yellow Dog's Montana roots work for you.

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Yellowstone River Fishing Reports
Updated Apr 14, 24

*Flow Data: Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT

The Stone is fishing pretty darn well now. Very nice weather in the Livingston area this week. Midges and BWO's are now hatching in good numbers and rising fish are willing to eat them. Many times the rising fish are whitefish. A high riding parachute BWO has been working great so far. As the hatch progresses more technical flies may be required. Skwalas can be spotted here and there. If you toss a Crowd Surfer Skwala in juicy water you just might get a strike. Always worth a shot. Stonefly nymphs, perdigons and other attractor nymphs will be some of the best flies to use to catch fish on the Stone. A dead drifted sculpin can trick a few fish here and there as well. Lightning bugs or Prince nymphs are a few go-to patterns in the early spring. They can keep an angler busy with whitey's when the trout are not on them. If everything else seems to falls short a San Juan worm is a pretty safe bet all the way into runoff. If you feel the need to fish streamers, something small low and slow will be the ticket. Streamer fishing has been pretty good with both small natural colored streamers and flashy flies. The wind is always a factor on the Stone so be sure to check the forecast before heading out.


To purchase an assortment of up-to-date, hand-selected flies for the Yellowstone River:

  • Select the Montana Fly Assortment below
  • Select the number of desired flies
  • Enter where and when you plan on fishing
  • Opt for In-store pickup at checkout

Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and at Yellow Dog Flyfishing - Fly Shop (some exceptions may apply). If you are planning to fish in the headwaters of the Gallatin River area above Taylor's Fork (approx. 1 mile upstream); be aware that most of this is in Yellowstone National Park which requires a separate fishing license and is seasonally open to fishing according to YNP regulations.

For Yellowstone River Shuttles Contact:

  • B and G River Shuttle: (406) 223-0626
  • Digger Driver Shuttle: (406) 823-9238
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