From blue ribbon trout streams and iconic rivers, to private
spring creeks and lakes, there is a wide selection of water to choose
from in Paradise Valley and beyond!
Yellowstone River - The longest undammed river in the lower 48! The Yellowstone River provides great dry fly fishing opportunities all summer long starting with the Mothers Day Caddis hatch that typically rolls into the large and epic salmon fly hatch which then rolls right into Grass hoppers on the surface through August. If you enjoy watching eager trout rise to a dry fly the Yellowstone River is the place for you! With chances to catch rainbows, browns, brook trout, and our very own Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Boulder River - The Boulder River offers a chance to get out in one of our rafts and really go for an adventure with beautiful scenery as well as hit little pocket water with your fly as our guides put you in the right spot. The Boulder River is a blue ribbon fast moving stretch of water that is home to rainbow and brown trout. Our ability to fish this piece of water is dependent on spring runoff so call us for availability during the month of May.
Stillwater River - The beautiful Stillwater River begins in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and flows North toward the town of Columbus, Montana where fishing access sites are good. Typically fishing this stream starts by mid July and August via rafts, but good wade fishing can also be had in the early spring with very good mayfly hatches starting around early March. This is definitely a dry fly fishing river and fishing this pocket water stream with a big hopper or stonefly pattern can be awesome. While this is primarily a pocket water fishery – which lends itself to attractor flies – there are very consistent hatches of March Browns, Baetis (Blue winged olives), Golden Stones, Yellow Sally’s and numerous caddis hatches. Stillwater River fishing averages rainbows and browns range from 10-16″, though fish up to 20″ are routinely caught.
Shields River - The Shields is home to an abundant amount of trout that are extremely eager to chow down on dry flies, with miles of private access this is really one of Montana best kept secrets! Your sure to have a great day on the shields river with the Yellowstone Cutthroat ready to eat a hopper or a caddis while working your way up the banks of the shields you'll have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife including moose, deer, and elk! Fishing pressure on the Shields River is extremely low. As the Shields River is so close to many other better-known rivers, such as the Yellowstone River, the Boulder River and the Missouri River, few anglers ever bother to go out of their way to fly fish this small river. The upper section of the Shields River is home mainly to Yellowstone cutthroat trout and brook trout, which are small but quite numerous. Downstream from the town of Wilsall, the Shields River becomes brown trout water, with some smaller rainbows also being found.
YELLOWSTONE PARK FISHING
Gardiner River - The Gardner River generally runs clear before other nearby rivers. As a result, productive dry fly fishing can occur in June if favorable conditions occur. Popular dry flies for the lower Gardner River include the Elk Hair Caddis and the Parachute Adams (sized 14-18). Beginning in July and lasting through September, the Gardner River, as elsewhere in many of the park rivers, becomes an excellent place to use hopper and beetle imitations, sized 4-10.
Lamar River - The Lamar River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Yellowstone National Park, flowing through the Lamar Valley - what can only be described as one of the most beautiful meadows found anywhere. Large herds of Bison and Elk lazily graze along the river in the Lamar Valley. Wolves can even occasionally be spotted. The best fly fishing on the Lamar River occurs once run-off subsides, usually between late-June to late-July. When not being fed by melting snow, the Lamar River has crystal clear water. Cutthroat and rainbow trout, in decent sizes, are found in the Lamar River. Rainbow trout up to 16 inches are not uncommon, with the average size being around 12 inches.
Slough Creek - Anglers regard the river as being in four sections. The first mile above its juncture with the Lamar is a cascade-riffle stretch through a steep canyon. It is not much fished. The reason is that from the bench at the head of this canyon to the second canyon, a half-mile above Slough Creek Campground, are three miles of really excellent water much more easily reached. It is pools, runs and riffles, one after the other, through an open, meadow-laced basin, and the largest fish in the creek are to be found here. But they are very difficult to catch in the larger sizes (twenty inches and up). Don't ever believe that these cutthroat are as simple to fool as their more numerous kin of the Yellowstone. These big bruisers in the open meadow pools are as tough to deceive as a five-pound brown. Unlike many Yellowstone Park streams, this one is not paralleled by roadways. It is approachable by automobile only at the head of the first canyon, at the trailhead and at the campground.
Soda Butte Creek - Of all the delicious looking trout streams in Yellowstone National Park, Soda Butte Creek surely ranks among the finest. Extensive meadows, broken up by pockets of forest, line the lower banks of the river as it twists and turns towards its confluence with the Lamar River at the eastern edge of the Lamar Valley. The fly fishing in Soda Butte Creek is excellent. Similar to the Lamar River, Soda Butte Creek can run high and muddy during spring run-off, an event that can last through late-July in some years. However, once Soda Butte Creek begins to clear, excellent fly fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout can be found on the lower section of the river, generally defined as downstream from the Pebble Creek campground area. Average rainbow trout size runs around 12 inches, with fish exceeding 16 inches not uncommon.
Armstrong Spring Creek - A world-renowned blue ribbon fly fishers haven, Armstrong’s Spring Creek is located on the O’Hair ranch in the heart of Paradise Valley. The spring creek, a voluminous year-round tributary, bubbles to the surface and flows parallel to the Yellowstone River.
DePuy Spring Creek - DePuy’s Spring Creek is a world-class trout fishery nestled between the breathtaking vistas of the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges in beautiful Paradise Valley south of Livingston, Montana. This exceptional fishery supports a wild population of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout in its approximately 3 miles in length. This is a classic western spring creek in every sense. The insect hatches are predictable, plentiful and offer the angler unparalleled fly fishing experiences. The mayflies, midges, caddis, terrestrials, and other aquatic insects are richly abundant in the gin clear waters of the creek.
Story Lake - Located on the famous story ranch you will have the opportunity to cast damsel flies and calibaetis dries to rainbows up to 24” plus.
Merrell Lake - Found tucked away in Tom Miner basin this 85 acre lake is home to some monster brown and cutthroat trout. Test your skills when you hook one of these monsters and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Burns Lake - Fish on a private lake with stunning views of the Crazy Mountains. Their ranch has been booking catch-and-release fishing on Burns Lake for over 15 years. The lake is home to large Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brook Trout. The lake is on the Burns Ranch, a family-run ranch outside Big Timber, Montana.