Statewide MT Fishing Report Compilation 6.26.24
By angelamontana

Posted: June 26, 2024

Please check the fishing regulations before fishing.


Holter Reservoir Fishing Report by FWP (June 24, 2024)

Walleye fishing continues to be good near the Clay Banks on the lower end of the reservoir and in the Canyon near the Gates of the Mountains while vertical jigging with worms or leeches or trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses in 15 to 25 feet of water. Rainbow fishing has slowed down but good numbers are still being found on the lower end of the reservoir while trolling cowbells and spinner combos with lead core line. Kokanee fishing has been good between Split Rock and the Dam while trolling dodgers or cowbells with double whammy spinners tipped with shoepeg corn in 30 to 80 feet of water. Perch action has been great while pitching small jigs and crawlers inside the bays in the Canyon and around the docks at the boat ramps on the lower end of the reservoir.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Jefferson River Fishing info by Fins and Feathers (June 23, 2024)

The Jefferson River in Montana is a beautiful, Cottonwood-lined stream that is often overlooked due to lower fish populations. Only a half hour from Bozeman, MT, and home to some of the larger trout in the area, this river has certain windows through the year where the angling can be good, typically spring and fall. The Jefferson River is a good option during the spring as long as it isn’t too dirty.

The river is in a nice window right now and could fish decent with PMDs, Drakes, and Caddis flies. Streamer fishing could be ok with the visibility but it won’t be long before the river gets too warm to be an ethical option unless you fish very early in the day.

It is pretty typical to only hook into a handful of trout on the Jefferson and anglers can normally expect it to be pretty tough as the river is deep and the fish can be spread out. The fish here hold deep and become lethargic, not moving far for their food. When the weather warms, you can find some decent fishing, it is normally due to being in the right place at the right time. The Lewis & Clark Canyon near Cardwell, MT, provides some of the better fishing with the Boulder and South Boulder rivers entering on this stretch. If you are in the area, it is worth fly fishing with nymphs or streamers. Effective patterns include San Juan worms, Zebra Midge Larvae, and Zirdles, fished under an indicator.

The river is open of ice and slush at the moment but is a bit off-color from all of the low-elevation snow melting. Look at some of our other Montana Fishing Reports to see how other areas are producing.

Hell Creek General Recreation Information (June 26, 2024)

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Gallatin River Fishing Report via Fins and Feathers (June 23, 2024)

Fly fishing Montana’s Gallatin River is one of the best options throughout the spring season. Being the closest blue-ribbon stream to Bozeman, MT, the Gallatin River offers many Montana anglers year-long fishing opportunities.

The river is really starting to shape up. Flows are around 2k right now and it is turning into that gin-green that we love to see. Salmonflies are out and about and fish are starting to key onto them. Fish a large Chubby Chernobyl close to the bank with a Pat’s Rubberleg as a dropper about 2-3 ft below your dry.

Fly fishing has been best from Cameron Bridge FAS to Big Sky, MT, and the Canyon stretch provides good protection from windy conditions. Wild Montana fish are most actively feeding mid-day, when the Sun is at its highest points so no need to get up too early. It is a good idea to contact a local Bozeman fly shop for the most current info regarding stream conditions.

Using nymph imitations throughout the Gallatin Canyon towards Big Sky, MT is the most effective method of angling. Anglers are finding success using Montana staples like the Prince Nymph, Pat’s Rubberleg, or Copper Johns. Drive south out of Gallatin Gateway, MT, and look for turnouts that provide easy access to water that is deep and moves slowly, these areas are stacked with wild Rainbow and Brown Trout right now. Be extra careful when wading around these large boulders as they are incredibly slick. Our Bozeman, MT fly fishing guides have found that a large black Pat’s Rubberleg and a red worm have been very effective.

Fly fishing with streamers should start to get good. Try some bright/flashy patterns with all this warm weather.

You can get an idea of the water conditions in the Big Sky area by viewing this webcam, hosted by our friends at Montana Whitewater.

Yellowstone River Fishing Report by Bozeman Fly Supply (June 23, 2024)

Streamer fishing can move some really big fish this time of the year so don’t be afraid to go big with a bigger fly like a Sluggo, Dragon, Dungeon or a Hum Dinger. Nymph rigs are a consistent way to pick up some fish as well. Fishing worms, zirdles, hares ears, and flashy euro nymphs are some of our favorites on the Yellowstone. On warmer overcast days watch for bugs and rising fish, this time of the year fishing Baetis, Midges, and Caddis flies should be good options.

*Pay attention to flows. Seasonal conditions can make wading unsafe so be cautious when heading to the river.*

Suggested Fly Patterns

  • Dry Fly

    Parachute Adams (16-20), Purple Haze (16-18), Griffiths Gnat (16-20), Buzz Ball (14-16), Corn fed Caddis (14-16), X-Caddis (14-16)

  • Streamer

    Woolly Bugger (4-12), Mini Dungeon Black/ Olive/ Natural (6), Montana Intruder (4), Sparkle Minnow JJ’s, Silver (4-8), Double Gonga Black/Rainbow (4), Sculpzilla Black/ White/ Natural (4-8)

  • Nymph

    Pat’s Rubber Legs (6-12), Zirdle Bug (6-12), Woolly Bugger Black/ Olive (4-12), Perdigon (14-18), Pheasant Tail (10-18), Jigster Baetis (14-18), Prince Nymph (10-18), BH Hare’s Ear (12-18), Sizzlin’ Hot Spot Squirrel (14-16), Matt’s Shagadelic Mop Tan/ Brown/ Green/ Cheeto (10), Hare’s Ear (14-18), Dirty Bird (12-16)

Georgetown Lake Fishing Report by Blackfoot River Outfitters (June 26, 2024)


Georgetown lake is finally open! (The South and East shore line is still closed until July 1st). The lake is also ice free and a little muddy. Look for fish in the shallows as they cruise the shore lines.

Here are a few tips for fly fishing Georgetown Lake:

1. A balanced leech stripped or under an indicator is the best method right now.
2. Small damsel patterns and chironomids are also effective.
3. Cover water and be methodical and you’ll catch fish!

Here are a few fly suggestions:

1. Black balanced leech

2. Damsel nymph

3. Maroon balanced leech

4. Ice cream cone head chironomid

Looking ahead:

This is one of the best times to be out on Georgetown! Get out there!

Southwest Montana Fishing Overview by Montana Angler (June 24, 2024)

The end of snowmelt runoff is definitely in sight as most of our rivers are at fishable levels, but the Yellowstone River is still possibly a week from being 100% in go-mode. That means our tailwater fisheries like the Upper Madison and Missouri Rivers and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are the legit go-to options right now. Smaller freestones like the Gallatin and Big Hole are in their prime summer modes with water temps very favorable for feeding trout and hatches of stoneflies, caddis, and PMDs. Only the Yellowstone River–as is the case most years–is still not quite into form. The hot weather is causing one final push of snowmelt runoff. After salmonfly hatches move through the Madison and Gallatin Rivers then it is time for golden stoneflies and Pale Morning Duns. It is very likely on any given day anglers will see salmonflies, golden stoneflies, and PMDs…a smorgasboard of trout foods.

Salmonflies are hatching on the Upper Madison and Gallatin River this week. Sporadic reports of the big insects are coming from the Paradise Valley but with the hot weather of the weekend and the start of the week, streamflows on the Yellowstone have risen and clarity is not ideal. By end of the week we expect this bump in flows and change in clarity to subside and return the river to fishable conditions.

Soon it will be time to think about fishing the rivers and creeks of the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. Slough


Caddis, golden stoneflies, salmonflies, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sally stoneflies, and a few Drakes here and there.

Fly Selection

  • Pat’s Rubber Leg’s in sizes 8-16
  • Zirdles in sizes 8-16
  • Any beadhead rubber legged stonefly pattern in size 8-16
  • Stonefly dry flies in sizes 4-10. Rogue foam stones, Cat Puke stones, Chubby Chernobyl in orange, tan, black, and yellow.
  • Royal PMXs in sizes 4-16
  • Beadhead PTs in sizes 14-18
  • Beadhead Hare’s Ear in size 14-18
  • Beadhead Rainbow Warrior in size 14-18
  • Any favorite scud, sowbug, or firebead in size 14-20
  • Caddis dry flies in sizes 12 to 16

For dry flies a selection of caddis patterns will be crucial. Crime scene caddis and Blooms Hi-Vis are great choices right now.

Streamers, whether stripped or dragged through deeper holes, can produce fish. Go with your favorite choice. Or, if you haven’t yet fished a Circus Peanut, Sparkle Minnow, or Sculpzilla, those are all good choices for this time of year.

Reading Water

During snowmelt runoff reading water is different than any other season in Montana because each river has their own habits. For example, trout on the Upper Madison often migrate closer to bankside structure while Missouri River trout often feed in large current seams that can be originating from bankside structure or midriver structure. On the Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers, because these are feed by mountain snowpack and often will be too high and muddy to effectively fish.

Cooney State Park Information via FWP (June 26, 2024)

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report by Yellowdog Fly Fishing (June 26, 2024)

Flow Data: Missouri River below Holter Dam near Wolf Creek, MT

PMD’s are hatching in big numbers and fish are pretty darn willing to eat them on the surface. The PMD last chance cripple, PMD CDC Comparadun, Hi-vis rusty spinner are all great options. It is important to have emergers, cripples, duns, and spinners for the PMD hatch. Good presentations and drift are becoming more an more important as trout see more flies and more pressure. Caddis are in the canyon and below and fish are feeding on them. More and more caddis every day now. Cornfed Caddis or Missing link caddis are a few of my favorites for the caddis munching trout. The nymphing is a little better this week than the last few weeks. Perdigons have been working great. A Little Green Machine or Crackback PMD are excellent nymph choices currently. Nymphing has been good but certainly some quiet times throughout the day. The streamer fishing has been OK. Now is the time to do it while there are still very few weeds. Kreelex, Sparkle Minnows and Skiddish Smolts produce well in the Spring.

Chancy and Dave’s Fish Camp Fishing Report (June 15, 2024)

🔹 Lake Mary Ronan- excellent perch action try 12 to 15 feet of water in weed beds. Try small, crayfish, jigs or perch gitzits.
🔹 Ashley Lake- lots of small salmon, jigging action good on the north end. Look for deep weeded beds for big perch.
🔹 Upper Thompson- good bass action also nice pike and perch.
🔹 Mcgregor Lake- Trolling Shoreline early morning with flatfish and Rapala’s good for nice rainbows.
🔹 Thompson River- good trout action, try small spinners or dry flies.
🔹 Flathead Lake- trolling shoreline with big spoons or planer boards and scatterraps in perch patterns. Troll deeper 100 to 120‘ with large flatfish.
🔹 Blanchard Lake- lots of smaller perch and crappie.
🔹 Lake Frances- While I action good, nice fish, 20 to 26 inch range.

Flathead Valley Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter (June 21, 2024)

  • Flathead Lake – Laker bite has been good. Try using spoons or squids trolling in 100′-120′ of water.
  • Echo Lake – Bass bite is still good! Work the docks and structure using Senko’s or paddle tails.
  • Ashley Lake – Salmon still being caught off the West shore in 30′-40′ of water. Success jigging both Hali jigs or  Swedish Pimples paired with Pautzke fire corn.
  • Blanchard Lake – Some decent pike being caught on dead bait. The bass are starting to move around docks and Lilly pads as well, so targeting those areas can produce some fish.
  • Middle Thompson – Reports of pike being caught off shoreline structure using spinners and buzz baits. Also finding a few Kokanee trolling Wiggle Hoochies in 25′-40′ of water.
  • Flathead River – Flows are coming down around 13000 cfs. Good clarity has some fish looking up for dry flies.
  • Swan Lake – Finding some lakers in 70′-80′ of water off the inlet. Try jigging hair jigs and tubes for them. The pike are still showing up in the reeds using smelt as well.
  • Lower Stillwater Lake – Lots of smaller pike being caught in the shallow. A few perch are being caught off the islands using small jigs and tubes.

Bozeman Fishing Reports by Fins and Feathers (June 23, 2024)

The rivers around Bozeman have seemed to all got over the peak flows for springtime runoff. Expect fishing to just get better as we move into the back half of June.

The Madison River fishing has been solid nearly everywhere on the river. Salmonflies are out and about and the trout have taken notice. PMDs, Sallies, and Caddis are also around the the fishing has been quite good with nymphs and dry flies.

Missouri River fishing has been really good near Holter Dam, near Craig, MT. This area provides a healthy population of Rainbow and Brown trout that feed on sowbugs, scuds, midges, and small mayflies. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides have been loving a PMD cripple with a Crackback as a dropper.

The Gallatin River fly fishing has been shaping up and should just get better through the Canyon, north of Big Sky, MT. This national forest area provides a lot of access to deep holes and slow-moving runs where trout will hold. Salmonflies are starting their emergence in this section and can provide some excellent dry fly opportunities. Stoneflies, worms, and Midges are the golden ticket when fishing the Gallatin River. The river has a nice color to it through the canyon with a few feet of visibility, this is a good option when trying to avoid the wind.

Yellowstone River fishing is getting better every day and should be good fishing this week if it gets around 7-8k cfs. Fishing large stoneflies and sculpins along the banks can provide some trophy trout this time of year.

Havre Area Fishing (June 21, 2024)

R.M.: 2nd Lake has stocker bows. Beaver Creek has some nice brookies in it

Hauser Reservoir Fishing Report (June 24, 2024)

Walleye fishing has been great in Lake Helena while trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses with chartreuse or orange spinner blades and inside the Causeway Arm While jigging with leeches. A few perch are being found while searching for walleyes. Rainbow fishing has slowed down but a few are being caught with walleye gear and while trolling cowbells and spinner combos with lead core line between the Dam and the Powerlines and from York Bridge to Devil’s Elbow.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Kootenai River Fishing Report by Linehan Outfitting (June 24, 2024)

This Kootenai River Montana fishing report is being brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Linehan Outfitting.  This report will be updated weekly to provide current conditions, weather, hatches, patterns, and flows to our local waters and across the state.

Flows from Libby Dam:  4000cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 42 degrees

Hatches: midge, baetis

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer’s olive rabbit foot emerger, purple haze, purple chubby, red chubby, olive sparkle dun,bh prince, soft SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, bh rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers

It’s not quite spring up here in Kootenai River country but we have good news.  Flows from Libby Dam have been reduced and will be stable at 4000cfs through the end of March for now.  That means there’s some great early season fishing available right now.

Expect more clammy cloudy weather through the weekend and into next week.  March continues to come in like a lion and we’ve yet to see the lamb.  Rain and snow mix will dominate forecast.  Fortunately daytime temps will ooch into the forties which is at least a small sign of spring around here.

At the moment the river is clear and in good shape.  Don’t expect much in the way of dry fly fishing and insect activity until we get some substantially warmer daytime temperatures.  The water is still cold but trout will start to feed a bit in the coming weeks.

This is always a good time of year for nymphing.  With low flows you don’t need a heavy rig.  You just need to get the flies down in softer runs and pools where trout are most likely to be holding this time of year.  Don’t spend a ton of time fishing fast riffles.

Streamer fishing is also productive this time of year especially since bigger fish will be hungry after laying low for a couple months during the dead of winter.  Keep in mind they will not necessarily want to move too fast or too far to get a meal.  Get your streamers down and fish them slowly and erratically.  Nothing like a wounded minnow to get a big rainbow interested in at least a sniff.

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Doesn’t get much better than June on the Livingston Spring Creeks. PMDs are hatching daily, with some caddis around later in the day as well. Take your time looking for risers, and walk quietly to avoid spooking any unseen fish. These trout are educated at this point in the season, so you’ll need your A-game to catch them!


-Tilt Wing PMD #18
-CDC Emerger PMD #18
-Ded Bug Caddis #16
-Jig Inferno-Gons Black #18
-Sunburst Perdigon #18

Bighorn River Fishing Report via Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (June 26, 2024)

Flow Data: Bighorn River near St. Xaiver, MT

The Bighorn is fishing decently well but not yet great. Nymphing is the best and most consistent option and has been really good some days but slow the next. There have been a few BWO’s hatching and fish slurping them down on the surface when it is calm and cloudy. Fish have been picky so a good first drift is imperative. Flies to use to trick these risers include but are not limited to the Quill Gordon BWO and BWO CDC Biot Comparadun. Scuds, sowbugs, worms, and midges are still working well under an indicator. Fish have been eating BWO and PMD nymphs a bit as well. The Pheasant Tail nymph is an excellent option for the mayfly nymph eating trout. Ray Charles, Pill Poppers, Tailwater sowbugs are great choices followed by a Manhattan midge or Zebra Midge. Small streamers swung or fished deep and slow can pick up fish as well. Streamer fishing has been relatively slow overall. Streamer fishing is significantly better on cloudy days. Get it in while you still can as the weeds are starting to grow in some areas. Rainbows are spawning so watch out for and avoid their spawning redds.

Tiber Shore Fishing Update (June 21, 2024)

B.G.: I was there last week and while loading my boat, I talked to a guy who caught a few walleye off the dock at VFW campground. I sometimes fish the bank below the Marina from my boat. It can be decent, but was slow there last weekend.

Upper Madison River Fishing Report by River’s Edge (June 26, 2024)

1210 @ Kirby – The Upper Madison has had some good but spotty Salmonfly fishing and excellent evening caddis. Salmonflies are thickest between Ruby and McAtee but will continue to move upstream. Nymphing remains solid but fishing a big dry with a dropper will also catch some fish. It’s Salmonfly time on the Upper so time to get up there!


Salmonflies #6-8
Black Rubberlegs #6
SH Hare’s Ear #14
Caddis Pupa #14
Girdle Bugger #8

Tongue River Reservoir State Park 

Headhunters Fly Shop Missouri River Fishing Forecast (June 25, 2024)

Flows dropping today to 4100cfs.

Water Temps 58F.

PMD’s and Caddis currently hatching on the upper and lower reaches. Yellow Sally’s on the lower half.

Best post up dry fly action on the upper half. Good blind fishing dry flies riverwide, although the Cascade reach has been slow.

Nymphing solid. Most are deep after the light comes on the water in the morning. The water depth is decreasing daily, adjust your rigs accordingly. Split shot is back with the advent of the sunshine in the sky. Short for some if you are first to the fish or are super stealthy. PMD’s continue to rule the nymph world with the Split Case charging ahead along with Frenchie, S & M, Little Green Machine, PMDipity, Magic Fly PMD, Zebra, Bloom’s Tung Dart, Tungsten Jig PMD, Jig Napoleon PMD, Micro May, Tailwater Sow, SJW Orange, Tungsten Frenchidipity Yellow, Blooms Weight Fly Yellow or Purple, Keller’s Jog PMD,Tungsten Jig SF PMD and more.

Dry fly gang loving the recent past. Cripples, spinners, and emergers. Find a fly you  can wee and fish it. Love the longer flags on s few of the PMD ripple patterns. Caddis making a move in your fly box. CDC and Elk, X Caddis, Translucent Emerger or Translucent Pupa floated on top, All Stages Caddis only at HH, Flambe Caddis, X2 Caddis, Finch’s Hangman PMD, Hi Vis PMD Spinner, Guide Wanna SPinna Rust, PMD Missing Link, Caddis Missing Link, Ninch’s Sacked Out Rusty Spinner, Daigle’s PFD Parachute PMD, and so much more! Best Flies Under the Big Sky @ HH of Craig!

Again, water flow coming down today. 4100 cfs. Will be our summer flow. Lake is full. Inflows are lower than outflows. It is summer. Stability is key.

Hot and cold weather with the wind making an appearance this week. Rain too.

Weekends exceptionally busy. As busy as we get here. Reminding me of 2015. Lots of boats up top. Lots of boats in the lower canyon. Wade fishers out today in the non-local local wade fish spots. More tomorrow as the flows bottom out.

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Gallatin River Fishing Report by Montana Angler (June 26, 2024)

Current Conditions:

The Gallatin River is in prime shape this week. The river is green, dropping, and big stoneflies are fluttering around the entire reach of the river from Gallatin Gateway to Yellowstone National Park boundary.

At its current flows, for anglers that know it well and are very strong waders and focus on safety, the Gallatin River is a great option this week for some exciting fly fishing with big dries. The largest aquatic insect of the season–the salmonfly–is hatching up and down the river. These large insect crawl onto bankside structure to hatch. Once out of the water they transform into a flying insect and then land on the river.

To best fish the salmonfly hatch on the Gallatin River be armed with short, stout leaders and large flies. Because the insects hatch along the bank and they hatch when rivers are just coming into shape after highwater snowmelt runoff and clarity may be a foot or less, it is common to snag submerged structure. Use tippet and leaders that are at least as strong as 2X and stronger. Leader length should be short as that will help with turning over the large flies and make it easier to put the fly exactly where it needs to be.

Along with salmonflies, hatches of golden stones, caddis, and Pale Morning Duns will be providing the meat of most trout’s diet for the coming weeks.

Top Flies for the Gallatin River Right Now:

  • Cat Puke Salmonfly in sizes 4-8
  • Chubby Chernobyl in royal, red, or salmonfly in sizes 2-8
  • Pat’s Rubberlegs in sizes 6-10
  • Rogue Foam Stone in sizes 4-8

The Month Ahead:

The next month on the Gallatin River is perhaps the most exciting month of the season. As the river comes into shape after snowmelt runoff, the magic month on the Gallatin River begins. After salmonflies hatch on the Gallatin River, golden stoneflies are abundant and often hatch in tandem with thick hatches of caddis and Pale Morning Dun mayflies. As the river continues to drop and clear, trout on the Gallatin River become more selective and often feed on the most available hatch. Because of this, when fishing the Gallatin River it is a good idea to have a variety of small stonefly, caddis, and PMD patterns.

Flies for the Gallatin River for the Next Month:

  • Chubby Chernobyl in black, olive, or royal in sizes 8-12
  • Pat’s Rubberlegs in sizes 8-12
  • Lightening Bugs in sizes 10-14
  • Royal Prince Nymphs in sizes 10-14
  • Pheasant Tails in sizes 10-14

Bighorn River Fishing Report via Fins and Feathers (June 23, 2024)


The Big Horn River near Fort Smith, MT, is some of the best fly fishing in the state. The tailwater provides an extremely healthy trout population that offers Montana anglers opportunities throughout the year and is a prime option during spring, as temperatures here are typically much milder versus the Bozeman area.

The Bighorn is fishing well, especially while wading. Nymphing has been very good as flows are around 400 CFS and water temps still cold. The best flies have been with your typical springtime flies like an HB Ray Charles #16, tan Carpet Bugs, and pink Jellybeans fished about 5 ft under an indicator. PMD nymphs should start to become more of a focus for the fish as well.

Dry fly fishing should start to pick up with the emergence of PMDs but as of right now nymphing has been the name of the game.

Fly fishing with streamers has been hit or miss, mainly depending on the conditions. Some anglers are finding success with white or two-tone flies like a Barley Legal. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides have found that using a sinking tip line and making medium-length strips has been best.

Make sure you stop by some of the fly shops in Fort Smith, MT like the Bighorn Angler and the Bighorn Trout Shop to get the latest information and conditions regarding the river.

Canyon Ferry Fishing Report by FWP (June 24, 2024)

The walleye bite is picking up with anglers finding success from the Silos to Hole in the Wall, around Ponds 1 and 4, and Hellgate while using bottom bouncers with chartreuse or red spinner blades with worms or various colored crankbaits in 20-25 feet of water.  White Earth and Snaggy Bay are producing walleyes from shore and boat on jigs. Rainbows are being caught on walleye gear, lures or cowbells in the traditional walleye spots as well as between Yacht Basin and Cemetery Island and around the Outhouse.  An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore on a hook and worm.  The carp spawn is mostly over but a few are still being found with archery equipment.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Spring Creeks Fishing Report via Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (June 26, 2024)

The Spring creeks have been fishing well. If the wind is low, expect to see fish rising to midges and BWO’s in the mornings. A 401k Baetis or Stealth Link have successfully tricked these picky Spring Creek trout. PMD’s have started hatching in the afternoon and the hatches have been getting better daily. When fish are rising to PMD’s a CDC Emerger in #18 or a PMD Film Critic have worked great. Fish have been picky so a long leader with a good drift is imperative. Small scuds, sowbugs, and midges work well under a dry fly or under an indicator this time of the year. Any midge nymph with a white or flashy wing such as the Manhattan Midge seems to get a but more attention than other patterns. BWO nymphs and emergers will be in play once again. Nymphing will be pretty consistent in the event that the trout do not want to cooperate and eat bugs from the surface.

Yellowstone River Fishing Report by Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (June 26, 2024)

*Flow Data: Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT

The Yellowstone is now fishing pretty well. It should improve with dropping flows and increased insect activity. It is still high at just under 10,000 cfs in town but it is fishable. Streamers, stonefly nymphs, and perdigons along the banks will be a good bet until the salmonfly hatch takes flight. The stonefly nymph action has been good and will be good until the adults are more abundant. Should be any day now that the bug bugs will be flying around in bug numbers. It will be worth trying a large Chubby Chernobyl with a stonefly nymph dropper with the Salmonflies staging to hatch. Some PMD’s and caddis have been flying around but not quite enough to have fish looking up for them.

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