Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
...........................  ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

When to Come and What To Expect:

Fly Fishing: Outside Yellowstone National Park - July - Yellowstone
River (Outside the Park)
The Yellowstone River outside of Yellowstone National Park comes into its prime during
the first of July. From Gardner, where the river leaves the park, almost to Livingston, a
distance of about sixty miles, is called Paradise Valley. It is a wide valley surrounded by
the Absarokas and Beartooth Mountains. The river extends through the town of
Livingston, where the fishing is still good, and into what is called the Lower Yellowstone
River. Trout exist all the way to Big Timber.

Normally, meaning with an average or good snowpack, the river doesn't become
fishable until the first or second week of July because of the Spring runoff. It can be
fished before the runoff, which last about 6 weeks on the average, but not during it.
When the water drops down to a normal level and flow and begins to clear, the trout go
nuts and begin feeding aggressively.

The upper Yellowstone near Gardiner holds some nice cutthroat. The lower
Yellowstone, below Livingston is mostly brown trout and between there is a combination
of browns, cutthroats and rainbows. There is probably more trout in the Livingston area
than anywhere in the river.

The last couple of weeks in July usually provides excellent fishing using nymphs and
streamers for some large trout. Various float trips are available in this long stretch of
the river during the month of July. Fish can also be taken on the surface during the
stonefly hatches in July as well as on terrestrial insects near the end of the month. The
Yellowstone River is certainly one location you want to consider for a float trip in July.
There are dozens of float options with different put in and take out points.