Fins and Feathers put out a fishing report for the Yellowstone River as of March 5th (see below). If you haven’t heard of Fins and Feathers, here’s a bit about them from their website:
Fins & Feathers is a locally-owned and operated Montana fly fishing outfitter located in Bozeman, Montana. Our fly shop is 5 miles west of downtown Bozeman at the southwest corner of the intersection of HWY 191 & 84. During our 18 years in business, we have developed a reputation as being the “fishiest” fly shop in Bozeman. Fly fishing is our passion and helping other anglers get the most out of their time on the water is what we do best. Whether you just need a few flies for the evening hatch or would like help planning a guided Bozeman fly fishing vacation, we can help you out with expert advice and a friendly attitude.
For more information, visit their website at finsandfeathersonline.com or call them at 877.790.5303.
The area around Gardner has been a lot warmer than here and the Yellowstone River has been pretty ice free for a few miles below Yellowstone Park. The fish will be eating stonefly nymphs, midge pupas and general stuff like Copper Johns and Pheasant Tails. Clusters and emergers will both work well when the fish are willing to rise. The rest of the river downstream of Emigrant has potential to be pretty frozen and sketchy. If you aren’t willing to make the extra drive south from Livingston, we recomend fishing the spring creeks even though it will be a little colder.
Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat
Brown Pat’s Rubberleg
Beadhead Pheasant Tail
Rainbow TA Bunker
Olive Baby Gonga