Category Archives: Fishing by Time of Year

Fly Fishing Montana in May

May in Big Sky Country is magical. The trees are full of buds, the grass is green, the mountains are still white, and the fish are feeding. May marks a season of change in Montana. Spring and summer both readily characterize the weather observed in May, with sunshine, snow, rain, wind and calm all...Read more

A Guide to April Fly Fishing in Montana

April is one of our favorite times to get out and fish our local waters. April provides excellent fishing, minimal crowds, and glimpses of good weather to come. Spring fishing is so wonderful that it pains me just a touch to share this information. The days of blistering cold have receded for the...Read more

A Seasonal Guide to Fly Fishing Montana's Smith River

A Seasonal Guide to Fly Fishing Montana's Smith River
The Smith River is the crown jewel of Montana’s off-the-beaten path fisheries. The Smith is a small but float able river that winds its way through a limestone canyon that effectively divides the Big and Little Belt mountain ranges. Scenery is spectacular with a blend of lush meadows, towering...Read more

Fishing Yellowstone Park In August

Yellowstone Park fly fishing in August on the Lamar River
When fly fishing Yellowstone National Park in August, savvy anglers begin working harder to get off the beaten path. The height of tourist season sees relatively high fishing pressure on the easily accessible, famous rivers. If you are willing to lace up your hiking boots, however, you can find...Read more

Fishing Yellowstone Park in June

Fly fishing Yellowstone National Park in June
Although June is the height of run-off here in the Northern Rockies, fishing options in Yellowstone National Park abound. In fact, fishing the park during June is one of the premier ways to beat run-off. The fishing season in YNP opens Memorial Day weekend so the fish will not have faced much...Read more

September Fishing in Yellowstone National Park

September fishing in Yellowstone National Park
September in the greater Yellowstone region is quickly becoming one of the most popular times to visit and fish. September is a great time to fish Yellowstone National Park because water temperatures are dropping into the optimal range and trout feel the urge to pack on the pounds for the upcoming...Read more

4 Tips For Fishing The Madison River in August

August wade fishing on the Upper Madison
August is an extremely popular time to visit and flyfish the Madison River . The Madison can fish well during all 12 months of the year, and each month sees a different set of challenges for fishermen to solve. During August, those challenges can include warm, sunny weather, fishing pressure, and...Read more

Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park On Opening Day in Late May

Fishing Yellowstone National Park on Opening Day
The fishing season in Yellowstone National Park begins at daybreak on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year. For me, this is a special occasion viewed with much anticipation. The park was the site of my first fly fishing trip as a young kid. I spent my college summers working and living...Read more

4 Keys to Success When Fishing the Madison River in Early June

June fishing on the Madison River
Montana is filled with a variety of different rivers, spring creeks and lakes. The diversity of fishing is staggering and the complexity and variety only increases as we consider different times of year as each fishery changes dramatically in how and where the fish are found over the course of the...Read more

Fishing Yellowstone Park: A Seasonal Primer

Grand Prismatic is one of Yellowstone's most spectacular sights
As a fishing guide in Yellowstone National Park , I am often asked questions like, “Where can I fish close to West Yellowstone in August?” or “What rivers near Gardiner fish well in early June?”. I pick these examples because, frankly, you would be very disappointed with the answer to each one...Read more

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