Yellowstone Lake and River below Fishing Bridge

August 7, 2022 9:00 am

Yellowstone Lake has been giving streamer fly fishers great action. Look for structure and fish streamers that have gold flash in them. Sinking or sink-tip fly lines help get those big streamers in the zone.

The Yellowstone River in the LeHardy Rapids to Mud Volcano area is has been fishing good to excellent depending on your skill at interpreting hatches and fly presentation. Flows into the Yellowstone River today are 2900 cfs at the Lake outlet near Fishing Bridge. Much lower and easier to wade and find the trout now.

Hatches on the Yellowstone are many – Stoneflies, caddis, green drakes, Flavs, Pale Morning Duns, hoppers, ants and beetles. The trout are eating dries, nymphs and streamers. The trout are large so carry a big net and a 5 or 6 weight fly rod to land them quickly. Carry flies to match these hatches or emergences and you should do well. Wade carefully. The river is still swift in some places. Floating is not allowed except on Yellowstone Lake. Park Fishing Licenses are not being sold inside the Park this year, but must be purchased on-line.

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for late spring and summer trips in 2022. If  you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 





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