Fly Fish for Montana Trout on the YELLOWSTONE River, Paradise Valley, Montana

The variety of unique characteristics of this incredible Blue Ribbon water will entice all to experience it's rewards. For even the beginner fly fisher this river provides a welcome invitation due to it's ease of access and wade fishing along with abundant insect hatches and low fishing pressure.

With our special permits on the Gallatin National Forest we're able to offer Montana fly fishing trips on sections of the Yellowstone River with limited commercial access. We live along these famed upper stretches of the Yellowstone River which gives us first-hand knowledge of river conditions and weather while not wasting time driving around to different locations. Nearly five miles of the Yellowstone flows directly through Dome Mountain Ranch making these waters even more appealing to those seeking solitude and incredible fishing opportunities.

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World Class Fly Fishing on the Yellowstone
riverside at Dome Mountain Ranch, Paradise Valley MT

Located directly on the Yellowstone River

Our home river flows uninterrupted for nearly 700 miles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service rate the Yellowstone River as the world’s best trout stream. Beginning in Northwestern Wyoming in the Absaroka Range of the Rocky Mountains the Yellowstone is the longest free-flowing trout river in the world. After leaving Yellowstone Lake and travelling North through Yellowstone Park, this river enters Montana at the town of Gardiner.  The upper stretches of the river are fast and pure offering the fly fisher abundant opportunities for endless days of fishing for native Yellowstone Cut Throats, Rainbows, Browns, Mountain Whitefish and the occasional Brook Trout.

The upper stretches of the Yellowstone river are held between the Beartooth and Gallatin mountain ranges, not only some of the finest fly fishing, but also offering awe-inspiring scenery and an array of wildlife.  These coveted stretches offer un-crowded easy access and exciting float fishing from drift boats and rafts.  With special permits from the Gallatin National Forest, we’re able to have some of the most convenient access within minutes of your lodging on the ranch.

If you’re a fly fisher who really appreciates solitude and a true wild adventure, then a couple of days exploring some secret high mountain Montana freestone will be a great introduction to some of Montana’s best kept secrets, and we’ll make sure you keep them a secret.  Accessed via an adventurous 4-wheel drive adventure, A fly fisher will find no fancy trails and parking areas on these waters, instead you will find extremely aggressive wild trout more than willing to take even a poorly presented dry fly.  Some waters only a few feet wide.

With so many places to fish, so many things to do and see, we will try to help you focus on “Montana Time”.  Fly fishing is a pursuit that is often thought of as a sort of therapy.  A chance to get away from the hustle and bussel, all the distractions of the modern world.  “A day on the water can help put everything back in order”.

As our guest you will find yourself on the water more and in the car less.  The best stretches of the Yellowstone river await you.

Yellowstone River Home Stretch (Private access)

One of the Yellowstone River’s most charismatic stretches winds through nearly 5 miles of private land.  Many guest appreciate the private access.  Evening floats are a popular way to experience this prime water and familiarize yourself for some wade fishing on your own. Fishing the river after most others have gone home for the evening can make for a unique Montana fly fishing experience.   This stretch of the river offers deep riffles undercut banks, boulder strewn runs and braided channels.  Many clients choose to focus on this stretch of river due to its easily waded and productive waters, not to mention that feeling of having a river all to oneself. 

Regardless of your style of fishing, there is a fish in this river for you. The guide staff at Dome Mountain Ranch live right on this river's banks. Long drives and crowded waters will not be a part of your day. Instead, you will likely be on the water before finishing your last cup of coffee and often watch many an unforgettable sunset in a storm like Caddis hatch which can turn glassy tailing pools into boiling troughs of adventure.

Dome Mountain Ranch also offers fully professionally guided floats on the upper stretches of the Yellowstone river with special permits for use on the Gallatin National Forest. Also available are walk and wade guided trips right in Yellowstone National Park. All guided trips are performed by experienced outfitters and local guides who know the river extremely well and will provide you and your family and friends with a different & exclusive, personalized escape. And a helluva of a lot of fun! This is real Montana fly fishing at it's best. World class browns, rainbows and cuttthroat trout are a stones throw from here.

DAILY MONTANA FLY FISHING RATES ON THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER WITH DOME MOUNTAIN RANCH OUTFITTERS

  • Yellowstone River Full Day Guided Float $450
  • Yellowstone River Walk and Wade $450
  • Trophy Lakes Full Day Guided $450
  • Yellowstone National Park Full Day Walk and Wade $550
  • Spring Creeks Full Day Walk and Wade* $550
  • Freestone Mountain Streams Walk and Wade $450

Complete package and additional pricing information including the Dome Mountain Ranch Cancellation Policy.

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Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Guides

There is no place on the planet that offers the amount of fly fishing waters in one location as does Yellowstone National Park.  This 2.2 million acres paradise has over 2600 miles of public fishing waters.  Dome Mountain Ranch is located just minutes from the Northeast section of the park, which happens to offer many of the finest Blue-Ribbon streams such as Slough Creek, Lamar River, Soda Butte, the Yellowstone and more.

While many of the streams are easily accessed right off the side of the road, some of the best fly fishing can be had with short day hikes between 1-4 miles.  It should be no surprise that 90% of the Park’s visitors only see 10% of the park.  While you’ll seldom have to share any water with other fly fishers, knowing where, when and how to access these waters can be a challenge.  

With seemingly endless fly fishing opportunities, having an experienced guide can make all the difference in both the fish catching and interpretation of the park’s many natural wonders.  Listed below are some of our favorite waters we fish. A Yellowstone Park fishing permit is required.

 

THE FIREHOLE RIVER

Earning its name from flowing through many geyser basins in Yellowstone Park, the Firehole is usually the Park’s first water to clear and open to fishing in the park. Equally scenic as it is inviting to the fly fisher.  Many of the Fireholes smooth pools require delicate and deliberate presentations.    This river can offer something for just about everyone with easy access and varying characteristics with enough mystery in its deep drops to keep you casting for more.  The Fire Hole is an ideal dry fly fisher’s river with weed infested stretches and heavily undercut banks.  Many of it’s stretches are within easy walking access of the main roads, but because of it’s challenges most fishers don’t give it the amount of persistence required for the catching.

Gardner River

One of those streams that remain a secret even though nearly 1/2 the visitors to Yellowstone Park drive right along it’s inviting waters.  The Gardner is also the first trout water in Yellowstone Park that we often find a hard time just driving by!  This river offers convenient roadside access as well as challenging hikes to pristine canyons.  The Gardner offers a variety of waters for both the nymph fisher and the dry fly enthusiast.  This fun river has wide open meadows, tumbling runs, pools and house-sized boulders.  This is a great stream to test out searching patterns and traditional attractors and will fish well through the summer.

Gibbon River

The Gibbon River looks like a page torn from the center-spread of any fly fishing magazine, however it’s called “fishing” and not catching for a reason.  The Gibbon river holds some truly impressive fish, but only for the patient and observant fly fisher.  It’s open meadow stretches look like an ideal setting to practice casting just like on TV, however this maybe the very reason few have found its secrets. 

Soda Butte Creek

Entering Yellowstone Park through the charismatic town of Cooke City, Montana Soda Butte eventually flows into the Lamar River.  Offering everything from wide open meadows to boulder strewn timber-shadowed runs, Soda Butte Creek has a healthy fish population with an abundance of aquatic life.  Access is fairly easy since most of the stream runs parallel with the Park’s main road.  Many of the meadow stretches hold well-educated Cutthroats in the 20 inch range.  Another favorite tributary to Soda Butte is Pebble Creek.  In spite of its small size, foot long   fish are not uncommon.

Lamar River

Early mountain men called the Lamar Valley heaven, most who visit would agree.  With herds of Bison, Elk and other wildlife it’s often difficult to focus on the water.  However, one greedy take from the large trout that frequent this river will get anyone’s attention.  The Lamar offers convenient road access of less than a ½ mile.  This part of the stream can offer exciting days.  As the Lamar heads to the Yellowstone access becomes a question of how far one wants to hike.  Making for an easy day trip, even the farthest portions of this stream can be enjoyed.

Slough Creek

Slough Creek is often the first Yellowstone stream that comes to mind in fly fishing circles.  The lower stretches of this stream are easily accessed via a short walk from the road.  Due to its popularity some sections of this stream can receive some pressure; however this is subject to personal definition. On most days, there are always a few riffles available to cast a line.  The convenience of many of the other local waters close by make it a good place to check out and sometimes spend a whole day on.  The second and third meadows are better enjoyed via a horseback ride, but not out of the question for the extreme fly fisher.  Fish average 12 to 15 inches with some real monsters a true possibility.

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

Accessed via a very short (and flat) hike, the tail end of the Yellowstone’s Black Canyon is an easy day-trip.  Combined with spectacular scenery this stretch of river usually provides excellent dry fly fishing with open banks for easy casting and no shortage of hungry Cutthroats, Rainbows and Browns.   A few miles further into the park are a couple more access points which require a bit more of a hike, but like most of the good fishing in Yellowstone Park-each step probably means one more fish that isn’t very well educated.  Blacktail Deer Creek is a small tributary along our route and can be a great place to fish our way out of.

Blacktail Deer Creek

This fast flowing and challenging tributary, but one of those streams that can make the hike out of the black canyon unforgettable-literally.  Because of limited pressure, the colorful Brook Trout in this stream are more than willing to take just about anything that hits the water.

There are many more waters in Yellowstone Park worth fishing.  For more information, please email us directly at domemountainranch@gmail.com

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Montana Fly Fishing Spring Creeks

It’s definitely a rumor that; in Montana we only have two seasons, winter & August.  Fact is, Paradise Valley, Montana offers some incredibly mild days.  It's called "high desert" for a reason.  Low humidity combined with being a mile closer to the sun can offer exceptional days of fly fishing long before most tourists even start planning their summer adventures. If there's an ideal time for the fly fisher seeking solitude, aggressive fish, prolific hatches and some of the world’s most famous spring creeks.  Why not combine this with a 5 star stay at budget hotel rates.

Depuys Spring Creek 

This 3 mile stretch of world famous blue-ribbon trout waters has been fished by just about every famous face of the fly fishing world, and its accommodating to just about everyone. Of the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, Depuys is the longest and most well-known.  Careful management to limit fishing pressure and care of riparian zones makes Depuys a classic western spring creek with a variety of water from rocky riffles to deep weeded pools.  Year round consistent temperatures create abundant hatches and exciting catch and release fly fishing for trophy sized wild trout.

Depuy's Spring Creek contains healthy populations of wild Browns, Cutthroats, Rainbows and some hybrid Cut-Bows.  Some areas of the stream beckon the seasoned fly fisher who wishes to stalk selective fish sipping in challenging lies, while other areas offer more cover and room for polishing one's skills bouncing nymphs and floating attractors over revealing lies.  As always, because of the numbers of fish, there's great opportunity for even the first timer. However, if there’s ever a profitable place to have a good guide along, it’d be on the spring creeks.  An experienced guide can not only put you on fish, select the right patterns and approaches, but also give you the know how to take with you for future fly fishing adventures.

Depuys Spring Creek maintains nearly constant water temperatures of 52 degrees, which makes for an ideal winter fly fishing escape.  When water levels are low weed beds have died off, but the fish are still there, finding them is key.  On cloudy mild winter days thick hatches of Baetis can occur.  6-7x is the rule when fishing small flies for big sippers.  Through the winter months from January through March Midge and Baetis activity will continue to increase.  The winter fly fisher should be prepared for temperature extremes and dress in layers.  On the average, days in the 40's are the norm.

During April and May, Midge hatches will continue and peak out as weed beds return and water levels begin to rise.  While Rainbows continue to spawn, the weather continues to feel more spring like.  Considering the low humidity levels and elevation of Paradise Valley, these days can actually require sun screen, but the fisher should always be prepared for the winter snow storm.   As winter turns to spring and May rolls around we begin to anticipate the famous "Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch".  This is the first 'real food' of the season for weary winter trout.  Surface activity will dramatically pick up for several weeks.  During May and June Mayflies in the form of PMD’s along with terrestrials such as ants and beetles.
As the Yellowstone River begins to clear from the spring runoff, the Spring Creeks often take a back burner, however the fishing gets even better.  Depuys can be a great addition to any Montana fly fishing vacation idea.

DEPUYS HATCH CHART/FLY PATTERNS:

Red San Juan Worm
BH Midge Worm Red or Olive
Peach Trout Egg
Copper Nymph
Pheasant Tail Nymph
BH PT Nymph
Pheasant Tail Flashback
Scud, Gray or Olive
Drifting Case Caddis Nymph
BH Prince Nymph
Brownstone Nymph
Black Parachute Ant
Cinnamon Parachute Ant
Yellow Hopper
Tan Hopper

Black Cricket
Chernobyl Black Ant
Foam Black Beetle
PMD
Sulphur
Parachute Adams
Attractor Patterns

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ARMSTRONGS SPRING CREEK

With nearly two miles of unique fishable waters, Armstrong's Spring Creek is on the bucket list for anglers worldwide.  Located just south of Livingston, Montana this meandering spring creek offers various riffles, pools and deep runs with no shortage of holding water for hefty wild trout.  Winter hatches include ever-present midges, leading into Blue Winged Olives, PMD's and a host of other Mayflies with ants, beetles and no shortage of wind-blown hoppers.

Spot and stalk fishing for large, cruising trout can bring even the most experienced fly fisher to his knees, literally.  With gin clear water, glassy pools and well-educated trout, it’s no wonder many folks have made mastering this spring creek a lifelong quest.  Hiring an experienced guide that’s familiar with this streams fickleness can be the difference between a fishless day and an epic day! Be sure to visit our updated fishing reports   Our spring creeks guides specialize in this waters and are intimately familiar with them.  Reduced rates in the spring, fall and winter make this stream a worthwhile location to get your priorities in order and experience some true Montana time.

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NELSONS SPRING CREEK

Nelson's Spring Creek has been in the Nelson family since 1860, talk about history.  Over the years it has always remained one of the world's finest fisheries.  Once used for stock water, famed angler Joe Brooks offered up the idea of a catch and release fly fishing stream, the Nelson’s haven’t looked back since. New fencing keeps the riparian areas safe while stock tanks keep the cows happy.  This means the stream is wide open for long casts and delicate presentations. 

Located about 9 miles south of Livingston and a few minutes from Dome Mountain this premier fishery limits rods each day with excellent off season rates similar to the areas other spring creeks.  Winter offers good hatches of midges while early spring can bring PMD's, Blue Winged Olives and some terrestrial attractors to the water.  Average fish range in the 16-20 inch range with no shortage of hogs that can consume thousands of casts with long leaders and 7x tippets.  If you’re a seasoned angler looking for a challenge, give us a call and we'll make sure you learn all you can about this world famous spring creek.

Mountain Freestones Montana fly fishing
Paradise Valley Montana

The Yellowstone valley is home to countless “no-tell-em” mountain freestone streams.  If you’re a fly fisher who appreciates true solitude and aggressive wild trout, then these waters will serve as an ideal part of your Montana fishing adventure.  Just minutes from the main ranch, these picturesque streams offer endless days of pocket water fishing for brilliantly colored Cutthroats and Browns in gin-clear waters eager to take a well-presented dry fly.  Well off the beaten path and well-kept secrets the fish that inhabit these waters are often very non-selective.  Rarely will see other anglers.  

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Hatches on the Yellowstone River

Hatches on the Yellowstone River begin with the Mother's Day Caddis in early May followed by the legendary Salmon Fly, Golden Stones, a multitude of Mayflies and plenty of top water Hopper fishing

Current Yellowstone River Flows

Complete Area River Hatch Chart

Yellowstone Park Fly Fishing Guides

Enjoy the many great fly fishing opportunities in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Fish the legendary Madison, Firehole, Gardiner, Slough, Lamar and many others, there are over 2600 miles of streams and countless lakes among the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife of our first National Park. The knowledgeable staff of Dome Mountain Ranch is always available to provide you with insightful information enabling you to take advantage of the convenient proximity of our location to Yellowstone National Park. In addition to the incredible fly fishing opportunities, as one of the nations treasures this national park should be a part of anyone's itinerary who wishes to see the true workings of wildlife conservation in action.

You are frequently within casting distance of elk, moose and bison as you walk the banks searching for rainbow, brown, Yellowstone Cutthroat and brook trout.