After dealing with a barrage of different mud plugs the last few days, I think the Yellowstone River will pick right up where it left off- with great fishing. This River just continues to impress me each and every day, and I have been spending the better part of the last 20 years on it. The boat traffic has picked up considerably over the last few years, and at the same time, a lot of our other rivers are consistently dewatered and suffer through the summer. The Yellowstone just picks up the extra burden and continues to shine. The big fish are still eating the little fish, and various minnow/sculpin patterns are still working quite well. The nocturnal stones are around in great numbers, and the hopper fishing seems to get better each day. The hopper bite has been spotty, but in the right spots on the right banks, they are looking for them. If you are persistent with the hopper, you can make a day out of it. I received a great report of solid dry fly fishing on the Upper Madison River as well, good fish eating small chubbies and hoppers, at least on the lower stretches of the Upper. Spruce Moths are around on the upper reaches, and the fish have been responding to them quite well. The Gallatin River has been quite good, at least if you can find a spot to fish it. Large attractor dries and Spruce Moths are catching a lot of fish, not to mention caddis patterns, and small terrestrials. The Gallatin withstands a lot of pressure as well, but like the Yellowstone, seems to handle the onslaught just fine. The Gallatin is under Hoot Owl restrictions from Four Corners downstream to its mouth, so keep that in mind as you head out for the day. The Jefferson River and Lower Madison River are under Hoot Owl as well, and better options exist anyway, so look elsewhere. Trico's are going strong on the Missouri River, fish early and you can have some of the best small dry fly fishing to be found.
River Flows Yellowstone River 4960 CFS @ Corwin Springs Upper Madison River 1500 CFS near Cameron Gallatin River 662 CFS @ Gallatin Gateway Missouri River 4200 CFS below Holter Dam Lower Madison River 1990 CFS below Ennis Dam Jefferson River 586 CFS at Twin Bridges