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Yellowstone River Fishing Gallery

Fly fishing in Montana while floating on the Yellowstone River is the quintessential western trout fishing experience in the minds of anglers everywhere. The river meanders through its way north through Paradise Valley before heading east just outside of Livingston. This is one of the last truly wild watersheds in the west and is the longest, free-flowing river in the lower 48.

A Yellowstone River fly fishing trip is a remarkable Montana fly fishing experience well suited to anglers of all skill levels and interests. The advanced angler never ceases to be amazed at the variety of the river's character and trout they encounter during a day trip to this crown jewel of modern fly fishing in MT. There is hardly a better river for novice and intermediate anglers to spend their time learning the art of fly fishing while surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountain ranges.

Fins and Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting fly fishing in Montana for over two decades on the Yellowstone River. Join us for a Yellowstone River fishing day trip with our team of world-class Bozeman fly fishing guides on your next fly fishing vacation.

Fly fishing Montana on the Yellowstone River

  • The Yellowstone River flows out of Yellowstone National Park and is home to thriving numbers Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Surrounded by the Gallatin and Absaroka Mountain ranges, the river offers a blend of whitewater and long glides. Dry fly anglers can find paradise in the pocket water along the edges of fast-moving water and skinny riffles. Floating the river offers experienced anglers a chance to catch trout in back eddies, complex seams, and long riffles that are often overlooked.
  • Yankee Jim Canyon is a narrow gorge through which the Yellowstone River flows until it reaches the Carbella Fishing Access Site. The first few miles offer whitewater with short but serious rapids, which are best suited for floating with skilled oarsmen in rafts. The area provides an exciting experience for advanced anglers who can make quick and accurate casts along bankside seams with attractor dries.
  • The Yellowstone River's Paradise Valley is the prime spot for Montana fly fishing. The valley is full of wild trout, and the Absaroka Mountains provide a stunning backdrop. The river is large with deceptive power and creates unique opportunities for the floating angler.
  • The Yellowstone River from Livingston to Big Timber has long riffles and deep runs that require precision casting to catch trophy-sized trout in this iconic stretch of river. Escape the crowds and fish in the remote Yellowstone River from Big Timber to Columbus.

Planning A Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trip

April is a quiet time on the Yellowstone River and perfect for the experienced angler seeking a diverse trout fishing experience on their Montana fly fishing vacation. The prime months of July, August, and September are each fantastic in their regard and ideal for all anglers - even those that have never fly-fished before.

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