Yellowstone River Fishing can be intimidating, unless you get a little guidance...
This is a classic western river and should be on every anglers “life list”. Our Yellowstone River fishing trips include over 120 miles of blue ribbon trout water starting at Yellowstone National Park. It is the longest un-dammed river in the lower 48 states, and there is excellent trout water for nearly 140 river miles.
The Yellowstone River has some of the most prolific hatches in the western U.S. Anglers can expect extremely localized insect emergences even during the course of a day or several mile stretch of water. Check out our Yellowstone River hatch chart to learn more about some of the important insect hatches on this great river.
GUIDE RATE $650
- Includes rods, reels, flies and catered riverside lunches
- Suitable for most ages 12 & over
Best Fishing Times
The Yellowstone River is one of those that fishes well nearly all season long. The only time we don’t recommend fishing it is during the annual spring run-off that typically starts in early May and lasts through June. It fishes particularly well in March and April, prior to the run-off and again just after run-off in July through October.
The Fishing Experience
The Yellowstone River is the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states. Our guide staff fishes over 120 miles of this river alone. Drift boats and rafts are the most effective way to cover water and look for active trout. The River has 3 distinct sections; the Upper River from Yellowstone Park to just below Yankee Jim Canyon; the Paradise Valley sections from Point of Rocks access point to the town of Livingston; and finally the Lower stretch from Livingston down to the town of Columbus.
Yellowstone River Hatches
March and April are often over looked, but produce the most reliable hatches including March Brown’s, baetis and the often spectacular Mother’s Day Caddis hatch. After run-off Salmonflies, Golden Stones, Green Drakes, PMDs, Caddis and Yellowsallies are present, sometimes in great numbers. As summer heats up Grasshoppers, ants, beetles, and the Giant Western Golden Stones are present. Fall brings Drakes, baetis, midges and psuedos.