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John White doing things right! Photo: Eric Paulson

The Yellowstone has been hot lately so we’ve been recommending 6:00AM starts.  FWP has put a “hoot owl” restriction on the Yellowstone from Carter’s bridge down to the confluence of the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone.  This means from Carter’s bridge down, there is a mandatory quitting time of 2:00PM until midnight.  Above Carter’s bridge remains open 24 hours a day.  Until water temperatures fall significantly, FWP will keep the hoot owl in place to protect fish mortality, especially in the afternoons.   To beat the heat, we recommend getting on the river early and getting off early.  Whichever stretch you choose to float, focus on the faster water or deepest water.  Chubbies, hoppers, ants, attractors, rubber legs, and any size 16 bead head of your choice have been working well.  Streamers are also working, but more anglers have been fishing them under an indicator.  Until we get some rain olive will likely be your best bet.  Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip.  406-222-7130.

Ben Stevens with a fine Yellowstone Brown... Photo: Eric Paulson