Yellowstone River Fishing in August

Yellowstone River in August

Stable flows and clear water provide exceptional Montana fly fishing experiences to the Yellowstone River in August. Hoppers and nocturnal Golden Stones keep the trout looking to the water’s surface for passing meals throughout the day.

Early morning streamer sessions always find a few, aggressive Brown Trout for the seasoned angler.

Flyfishing Montana in August is well suited for anglers of all skill levels.

The Yellowstone River offers a diversity of fly fishing scenarios unmatched by any other river in the western Rockies. Whether you are a seasoned “dry fly only” angler or a first-time fly caster, opportunities for success can be found on the Yellowstone River in August.

August Hatches on the Yellowstone River

Hatching insects are sparse during the long and hot August days in Montana. Grasshoppers, ants, and beetles are common along the river’s edge and the wild Montana fish of the Yellowstone River opportunistically feed on these terrestrial insects at any time of the day.

Spruce Moths activity peaks in August with the best success found while fly fishing Paradise Valley.


Bozeman Fly Fishing Guide Pro-Tip:

Hopper fishing is some of the most exciting fly fishing Montana has to offer, there are tons of different ways to make your fly stand out. Tie a loop-knot to add movement to a Tan Panty Dropper Hopper and twitch it along the seam formed from the convergence of the Shields River entering into the Yellowstone River system below Highway 89 Bridge.


August Fly Fishing Techniques for Yellowstone River Fishing

The long glides along the lower Yellowstone River present early morning dry fly fishing for the advanced angler during Trico spinner falls in early August.

Floating on the Yellowstone River makes it easy to achieve long and drag-free drifts, which can elicit aggressive trout strikes while fly fishing with hoppers. Tapered leaders with 3X tippet in overall lengths of 7 ½ to 9 feet turn over large dries effectively. As water temperatures increase and trout activity wanes later in the mornings, adding a weighted nymph as a dropper is standard practice.

Productive nymphing can be done with nocturnal Golden Stone nymphs and small attractor nymphs in fast seams and gentle drop-offs. During the dog days of summer, early morning nymphing through skinny riffles with sculpin patterns can produce some large fish.

In August, cool fronts revitalize the river, and streamer fishing improves with cooler weather, adding yet another dimension to the typical Montana fly fishing trip on the Yellowstone River in late summer.

Our Yellowstone River Fly Box for August

Yellowstone River Guided Fly Fishing in August

Yellowstone River fishing trips in August are ideal for anglers of all skill levels. The long, hot summer days of August often require early starts for the best success.

Anglers can expect a diverse fly fishing experience that employs a wide range of techniques. The experienced angler always enjoys floating the lower Yellowstone River near Big Timber, Montana with our guides in August.

Floating through the upper stretches of Paradise Valley rewards the angler with the slow rise of the native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

Livingston float trips are great for novice and new anglers as the diverse character of the river presents a variety of learning experiences.

Fins and Feathers Guide Service tailors each day to the unique skills of our guests when planning our Yellowstone River fishing trips.

We have been outfitting Montana fly fishing trips since 2000 and have the expertise to ensure success in the variable August conditions.

Secure your Yellowstone River fly fishing day trip by booking online, via e-mail, or by calling us at 1-406-486-5019. Use our Contact Form to learn more about fishing the blue-ribbon waters of the Yellowstone River with our team of Bozeman fly fishing guides.