Late October on the Yellowstone River

Last Call: get out there and float one last time while the leaves are looking good!

If you’re looking for a monster brown, chances are the Yellowstone is not where you’re going to find him this Fall, (late March through April is the best time to catch a monster brown over here).  What you will find however, is plenty of healthy rainbows, dry fly fishing, no people, and one of the most scenic rivers to float in Montana.  The whitefish bite has slowed down a lot, (if you’re nymphing), which is to say instead of catching 30 indigenous fish you might catch around 10.   Along with the natives, you can expect to catch about a dozen trout – mostly rainbows and cutthroat.   Where are the big browns?  We’ve actually seen quite a few redds in the Yellowstone, but many of the bigger browns will head up the tributaries to spawn as well.  In all honesty, if you are looking for real toad, your chances are probably better somewhere else.  On the other hand, if you are happy throwing dries to 8-16 inch rainbows and the occasional 20 incher, you’ll have the whole river to yourself.

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