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Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River (Gardiner to Livingston) in Montana

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Yellowstone River (Gardiner to Livingston) is a fly fishing location in Montana. This destination has an elevation of approximately 5279 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Yellowstone River (Gardiner to Livingston) on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).
             

Yellowstone River (Gardiner to Livingston) reports

Doc Knoll (Knoll) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Hello, June 28th..... Drove the river today and stopped several times to check out what was happening along the banks. A conehead Black Kaufmann stonefly #6 picked up several nice fish which were lying in wait for the exodus of the nyphal salmonfly from the river. Wasn't bad at all concidering I only touched a very little of the water. Doc Knoll (06/28/12)
Doc Knoll (Knoll) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: I managed to get away from the shop and took a little float down the Yellowstone. The fishing was very good. I did notice a few browns over known spawning beds. The weather has begun to change to fall conditions. I would suggest big leech patterns and/or sculpin patterns... Another angler who fished with me was having a field day as he floated small nymphs for whitefish. (he was having a end of season smoker party. and he filled a cooler with the breeders and feeders.) Doc (10/05/11)
Doc Knoll (Knoll) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The weather has closed in and our extremely long fall season has secumbed to light winter snows. But, that hasn't caused mush concern on the river. The fish have begun to stack up like cordwood in the deeper holes. Sinking lines and large streamer and leech patterns will make you day provided you can get the patterns into the "zone." This feeding zone is a simple formula.... Have the streamer or leech pattern hit the fish in the head and he will take it. Yellowstone fish have known for milleniums that if they do not exert themselves they will survive the winter. Therefore, if you do not get the fly in the fish's face don't blame me for a poor day. Another plus: On sunny days watch along the bank for feeding whitefish. These schooling fish will move against the bank to pick up snowflies (black midges) that are blown into the water. Size #18 1nd #20 will match the hatch. Although they are "just whitefish" not many anglers will pass up an afternoon of fast action and a chance to fill the smoker with the best fare the river can produce. (11/14/10)
Brian McGeehan (bmcgeehan) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Montana fishing is slowing down now that a large winter storm has settled in. We are at the tail end of our autumn fishing pattern and will now revert to our wintertime fishing mode. Trout will begin packing into slower and deeper runs. Fishing in the mornings is not productive, stick to the afternoons when temps rise. The best fishing is generally noon to 4pm. Midges can sometimes bring fish to the surface on a warm and sunny day, but nymphing will produce the best results. Wade fishing generally outproduces float fishing. It is best to stick to just one or two good runs that hold fish and work them hard since they may have over a hundred fish. Spring creeks are also a great bet with the elevated water temps. (11/09/10)
Brian McGeehan (bmcgeehan) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: is slowing down now that a large winter storm has settled in. We are at the tail end of our autumn fishing pattern and will now revert to our wintertime fishing mode. Trout will begin packing into slower and deeper runs. Fishing in the mornings is not productive, stick to the afternoons when temps rise. The best fishing is generally noon to 4pm. Midges can sometimes bring fish to the surface on a warm and sunny day, but nymphing will produce the best results. Wade fishing generally outproduces float fishing. It is best to stick to just one or two good runs that hold fish and work them hard since they may have over a hundred fish. Spring creeks are also a great bet with the elevated water temps. (11/09/10)
Doc Knoll (Knoll) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Snow has touched the mountains above the Yellowstone and fishing is commencing its fall peak. The fish are fat and full of energy. Angler's in the know are using big leech and muddler patterns and connecting with 20+ inch browns on a regular basis. Big hopper patterns are also taking a fair share of fish. But, the hardworking underwater guys are connecting 3 to 1 against the to the guys who want to see the fish take the fly. (09/05/10)
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Yellowstone River (Gardiner to Livingston) descriptions

Jeff Reed (riversbendlodge) wrote - Our flyfishing lodge is on about a mile of the Yellowstone, 3 miles south of the post-office town of Emigrant. We have multiple rif-raf holes along that stretch with a great pocketwater section where the river splits in to a canal ditch. (02/22/09)
Eric Adams (MTFlyFishingGuides) wrote - The Yellowstone River is the longest free flowing (undammed) river in the lower 48 at 678 miles. This magnificent, unspoiled river starts in Wyoming and flows through Yellowstone National Park before entering Montana near the town of Gardiner. This 50 mile stretch of river has a number of different characteristics. Near Gardiner the river is fairly large and strewn with boulders and white water (up to class III) until it exits the Yankee Jim Canyon near the Carbella access. The river then becomes much more mellow, although still large (often >50 yards across) with strong currents. This section consists of Rainbow, Brown and the native Cutthroat trout. Further down towards Pine Creek the river begins to channelize a bit more – be wary of the strong eddy lines in your drift boat! We don’t see as many Cutthroat trout and a more even mix of Rainbows and Browns. From Pine Creek down to Livingston we begin seeing more rip rap banks and point barbs, which make for fine trout holding water, and the current speeds up a bit. (02/21/09)
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Yellowstone River (Gardiner to Livingston) businesses

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Shop Guide Service Lodge School (Classes) Travel Rods Manufacturer
Rivers Bend Lodge
2786 Highway 89 South
Emigrant, Montana
Guide Service Dry Fly Outfitters
PO Box 41
Wolf Creek, Montana
Montana Angler Fly Fishing Guides
76 Lucille Lane
Bozeman, Montana
Five Valleys Fishing Company
2140 S.13th W.
Missoula, Montana
Guide Service Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures
870 Sleeping Child Rd.
Hamilton , Montana
Guide Service Montana Fishing Outfitters
716 N. Warren
Helena, Montana
Montana Troutwranglers
508 W. Central
Bozeman, Montana
Dry Fly Innovations
383 W Bloomington Dr
Meridian, Idaho
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M w (michael316nicole)
Caught 29 fish in 8 hrs the biggest was a 20 in brown! We had a get time! (1/19/13)

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