Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
The Yellowstone has been the place to be for the past week with some truly epic fishing. Lots of bent rods and smiling faces and some monster trout coming into the net. Nymphing tight to banks or in soft water in low gradient areas has been the ticket with some trout just beginning to look for attractor dries.  There are still some salmon flies around in the Valley, but they are progressing upstream quickly. The trout are mostly along the banks, inside corners and around rocks with the whitefish just a bit farther off. Streamer fishing has also been very, very good during low light levels as is nymphing large stonefly patterns and sculpins trailed by basic bead head nymphs. Flows are at a fishable level, but the water is still high so use caution when floating. 

The Month Ahead:
As the river continues to drop expect trout to slowly slide into faster water. As banks recede the trout will move to deeper flats with 2-4 feet depth. Giant attracter dries won’t work as well as smaller patterns as the trout see more flies when throwing dries. Trout will continue to move into progressively faster water as temps increase. We are in the summer thundershower cycle so pay close attention to the hydrographs of tributaries like the Gardiner and Lamar and if you see them spike after turbulent weather expect some mud to come down.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Yellowstone should be a great option all summer and fall. August fishing should be good but a lot depends on air temps and summer moisture patterns.