View Full Version : Yellowstone/Montana Patterns

02-20-2008, 04:08 PM
My family and I are taking a trip to Yellowstone for the last two weeks of June. What are the best fly patterns for this time of the year in Yellowstone? (We'll probably focus on smaller streams, since most of the bigger waters will still be high from snow melt)


02-20-2008, 06:02 PM
suggest you check with Blue Ribbon Fly shop in West Yellowstone. www.blueribbonflies.com. click on the contact us button. very helpful folks.

also you might do a search on this board for Montana fly fishing.

although June is a ways off, give us a report when you get home.

02-20-2008, 06:17 PM
Thanks for the tip, irfishing.

By the way, my brother--who is a "recreational" photographer and videographer--is going with us. So, I'm sure there will be lots of photos to post from the trip.


Kentucky Kid
02-21-2008, 12:32 PM
We're going to be in Montana in june also. We're staying at the 320 guest ranch from June 19th to the 24th, can't wait. We're flying into Billings and then driving from there.

Tennessee Jed
02-21-2008, 01:56 PM
Blue Ribbon flies, Arrick's and Bud Lilly's are your local fly shops in West. They will all have white dry erase boards up with suggested patterns, which change daily.
At that time of year, you might get lucky on the Madison and find yourself in the middle of the fabled Salmonfly hatch. That hatch is always tricky to nail down, but from what I've been told, it usually occurs in June. They've had good snows out there this year, so that could affect the timing of that hatch.
For dries, you'll probably need PMDs, X-caddis, and BWOs. For nymphs, you'll need some PTs, some caddis emergers, and hare's ears.

02-21-2008, 07:05 PM
If you are focusing on smaller streams I'd start with attractor patterns like a trude or yellow/orange stimulators. Then I'd be prepared with various caddis and pmds. As for nymphs, I fish a lot of prince nymphs (with and without beadheads.) I also tend to fish smaller nymphs but in streams with stoneflies I might ramp up the size a bit.

Like they said before, Blue Ribbon Flies is a real nice shop that can help you out.
With so many shops in the area they really try to help visiting anglers.

Where are you making base camp?

02-21-2008, 09:14 PM
We are spending the first half of the trip at the Old Faithful Inn. The second part we will be staying at the Firehole Ranch. This should make for a really nice vacation.

Thanks for all of the suggestions so far. Keep 'em coming.


02-22-2008, 11:43 AM
I am envious of you. Ive been three times to Yellowstone. It is magnificent! A little walking can get you on better water. In June some rivers may be high from runoff, but by late June you should find most rivers in good shape. You will have a great time. Tight lines and visible backing, Monk