Mud Tomorrow?

RadarIt’s raining hard here at the shop right now. Looking at the radar, it doesn’t appear to be as bad up in the Paradise Valley, but there are a couple of yellow spots up near Gardiner. And you know what that can mean. Check back tomorrow before you choose your float. There will be clearer water somewhere, and we’ll do our best to find it for you.

Steady As She Goes

The Yellowstone River continues to fish well, both on and under the surface. Some anglers have been having great days, and for others it’s been a bit tougher. No particular stretch of river has been a consistent winner.  On the bright sunny days, you might want to get an early start. Yesterday, even the whitey bite shut down in the mid-afternoon. As far as what to tie on your leader, King Princes, Rubberlegs, purple Psycho Princes, Hare’s Ears, CDC Pheasant Tails, red and black Copper Johns, and Lightning Bugs have been go-to nymphs. Hoppers have been picking up fish, especially out east of Livingston. A few of our favorites are the Morrish Hopper, More-Or-Less Hopper, and the Thunder Thighs Hopper. Any of the above nymphs could be tied on as a dropper. Chubby Chernobyls have also continued to fish well, as have JC Specials, Parachute Madam Xs, yellow and royal Stimulators, ant patterns, lime Neversink Trudes, and Yeager’s 409s. A smaller streamer, such as a Zonker or Sparkle Minnow, is another good choice for a dropper underneath a Chubby or bigger hopper. It’s kind of a crap shoot out there right now. Experiment with different flies and techniques until you hit on the combination of the day.

Download Our Mobile App

App3Want to be able to check the Yellowstone River Report on the road? That’s just the beginning, when it comes to our new mobile app. We’ve been working hard over the last couple of months to make the app a useful tool for planning your trip to the Yellowstone River, whether you fish it weekly or it’s your first time. It’s got weather forecasts, GPS points for fishing accesses on the Yellowstone, Boulder, and Stillwater Rivers, as well as for places to eat and stay in the Livingston area, a hatch chart, links to river flow gauges, and much more. It’s now live for both Android devices and the iPhone. Click here to download the app for Android. Click here to download the app for the iPhone. Oh, yeah. It’s free! Please let us know what you think, particularly suggestions we might incorporate in future updates. GoogleAppStoreAnd send us your fish photos (from the Your Pictures tab in the app) and we might just add them to the gallery.

Weekend Outlook

The outlook is good. The fishing has been excellent on the Yellowstone River the last couple of days. Especially in the mornings; afternoons have been a bit slower. But some of the blame can be placed on yesterday’s afternoon wind. Today’s supposed to be breezy in the afternoon, but things look good for the weekend. Still, you might want to get an early start to your fishing day. Sweetwater Fly Shop opens at 7:00. The dry fly bite has been outstanding early in the day. Chubby Chernobyls, Parachute Madam X, Parachute Caddis, yellow sallies, JC Specials, Stimulators, you name it. Try a nymph dropper, or follow your big dry with a smaller dry. If things trail off later in the day, go below the surface. Maybe a dead-drifted streamer (Zonker, Slump Buster, Sculpzilla, Bow River Bugger…) with a nymph trailing. If you’re heading above Yankee Jim Canyon, I wouldn’t stop you from trying a small hopper; there are a ton of them around up there. And don’t forget about the stretches below Livingston; fishing has been good downstream as well. And stop by the shop after your Saturday float (5:30-7:30) for some free BBQ and to tell us how your day was.


We’ve had reports this morning that there’s a good foot and a half of visibility up at Carbella. More green than brown. That sounds fishable to me! And things should be just getting better as the day progresses. So if you’re thinking of heading out on the Yellowstone River today, I say go for it. The river tends to fish well in clearing water. If you’re wanting to go dry-dropper, try a gold, purple, or royal Chubby Chernobyl with a smaller olive Zonker or peacock Sparkle Minnow. Or go with a Mangy Caddis, Kyle’s Beadhead Yellow Sally, red Copper John, King Prince, Dirty Bird, or CDC Pheasant Tail as a dropper. If you’re fishing a streamer under an indicator (or as a dropper), give it some movement; a few twitches can get a fish interested. Bring plenty of water; it’s going to be hot out there for the next couple of days.

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