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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Yellowstone River

What are the best fishing trips in Yellowstone River?

The best fishing trips in Yellowstone River are:

Why should I book a fishing trip in Yellowstone River with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 2 trips in Yellowstone River, and the most popular trips in the area are Yellowstone River Full-Day Jet Boat guided by Nate and Yellowstone River Float guided by Nate.

Our guides in Yellowstone River are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3250 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Yellowstone River? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Yellowstone River.

What types of fishing trips are common in Yellowstone River?

River fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Yellowstone River.

The most commonly sought after species in Yellowstone River are: 1. brown trout and 2. rainbow trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Yellowstone River are fly fishing, drift fishing, and wading.

How much does a Yellowstone River fishing trip cost?

Prices in Yellowstone River can range anywhere from about $500 to $750, but the average price for a half day trip in Yellowstone River is $500. The average price for a full day trip in Yellowstone River is $700.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Yellowstone River?

The most popular season for fishing in Yellowstone River is summer, and most anglers book their trips 7 days in advance.

Do I need a Yellowstone River fishing license and what are the bag limits in Yellowstone River?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Yellowstone River, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Yellowstone River. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Yellowstone River.

Popular Types of Fishing In Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River fishing charters offer a variety of experiences for anglers of all levels. The most common types of charters include fly fishing, spin fishing, and drift boat fishing. Each type of fishing offers a unique experience and requires different techniques and equipment.

Fly fishing is the most popular type of fishing charter on the Yellowstone River. It involves using a lightweight fly rod and artificial flies to catch fish. Spin fishing, on the other hand, uses a spinning reel and bait or lures to attract fish. Drift boat fishing is a relaxing way to fish while floating down the river in a boat.

The Yellowstone River is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, and mountain whitefish. The type of fish you can catch depends on the type of fishing charter you choose. Fly fishing is best for catching trout, while spin fishing is better for catching whitefish.

Yellowstone River fishing charters often visit landmarks such as Yankee Jim Canyon and Paradise Valley. These areas are known for their scenic beauty and excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, a Yellowstone River fishing charter is a great way to experience the beauty and excitement of Montana's rivers.

The Best Places To Fish In Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River in Montana is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters and diverse fish species, it offers a unique fishing experience. Here are some of the best places to fish in Yellowstone River, Montana:

1. Paradise Valley: This scenic valley is home to some of the best fishing spots in Yellowstone River. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the area.

2. Gardiner: Located at the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner is a great spot for fly fishing. Fishing charters are available for those who want to catch some trout.

3. Livingston: This historic town is known for its excellent fishing opportunities. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the Yellowstone River.

4. Emigrant: This small town is located in the heart of Paradise Valley and offers some of the best fishing spots in the area. Fishing charters are available for those who want to catch some rainbow trout.

5. Big Timber: This town is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River and offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the region. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the area.

Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, Yellowstone River in Montana offers some of the best fishing experiences in the country. Book a fishing charter and explore the beauty of this majestic river.

Other Things To Do In Yellowstone River

While Yellowstone River fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in the area. Take a scenic drive through Yellowstone National Park, where you can see geysers, hot springs, and wildlife like bison and elk. For a more active adventure, go hiking or mountain biking on one of the many trails in the area. If you're looking for a relaxing day, visit one of the hot springs or spas in the region. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, where General Custer and his troops fought against the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes. And for a taste of local culture, check out the Montana Folk Festival in Butte or the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Great float trip!

    Emmet D. with Nate S. of Yellowstone River, Montana

  • ★★★★★
    One of the things I wanted to be dang sure I did while I was there was fish the Yellowstone in a drift boat, and was lucky enough to get it done. With lots of fishing travel under my belt you never know how it will go and in this case the plan came together and it was a good day to be alive. The Boss and I met our guide Nathan at the ramp at 8:00 and it was not long before we were on the water. The Boss and I are really fly fishing neophytes with lots to learn and Nathan was a perfect guide and teacher for our day on the water. He has fished those rivers for 35 years, was patient, technically proficient, and just an overall good guy to spend the day with. As I noticed in the park there were lots of grasshoppers and it turned out to be our plan for the day. In my case catching any particular fish on topwater is the bomb, and we spent most of the day fishing larger hoppers with a smaller floating “something or other” on a dropper around 8″ behind. And it was so interesting to see the fish react. A few smashed it, (At least for a trout.) most barely slurped it under, and others could not resist rolling on it, or just taking a look. It took me a bit to get the hang of setting the hook like you need to and after a while I managed to toss a couple of small rainbows completely over the boat. It really was a new way to fish for us and it took a while to get the hang of it but I intend to put those lessons to work in Colorado when I head there this fall. Since this was our 5 or 6th run at it the Boss commented that each place and method was different, it is all part of the learning process. I probably went about 10 for 20 with one whitefish, the Boss struggled. So late in the day Nathan put us on a nymph rig with an indicator. (Or as we regular folks call it, a bobber.) He wanted to be sure the Boss caught a fish and she finally boated a rainbow and a native whitefish. But the Boss was happy just sitting in the back and enjoying the day and the view, but I give her credit, she kept casting like a trooper. He was so patient as we tangled, crossed, casted like the rookies we are, and he just continued to act like the professional he is. (Except we all laughed like crazy when at one point when we were thrashing multiple messes he said; “Stop casting!”) Of course I told him I would trash him here so let me do it now – One of the best guides to spend the day with I have had the pleasure to fish with. So take that homie. From the Great Barrier reef, Belize, Colorado we have fished with our share and today was one of the best all around experiences we have ever had. The fishing was not fast by any means, but the bite was consistent. I was not surprised by the number of refusals with the traffic and it being late in the season. Nathan made several fly changes during the day until we finished the day with the nymph rig and put the last couple in the boat. He worked hard to put me on a little bigger fish and his efforts were appreciated. Probably if I would have bullshitted less and fished harder I might have boated one of the better fish I missed, but I could have cared less as numbers were not the reason for the day. Being a Saturday there was quite a bit of traffic, but it is a big river, and when compared to Froggie’s on the weekend no big deal. Of course we had a few incidents where both guides and the public cut us off, or were just plain were clueless. (Sound familiar you coastal boys?) As you know one of my rules to live by on our busy waterways – Be nice, be the bigger man, and just because you have the right of way let them go. Nathan naturally lives and practices that making our day on the water pleasant and fun and he is a credit to the profession. I can be pretty hard on guides. It really was comfortable fishing from the drift boat. The Boss loved the safe manner he operated and being able to stand up and cast from the leaning post, or whatever it is called. I learned a lot about the drift boat and how it preforms on the water. As we accelerate our search for our place in the mountains Montana has made the list. Of all the places I have fished Montana gets an A+ for the access available to the public. (So thanks Nathan for offering to be my new best friend and take me fishing all the time if we end up in the area. At least I thought I heard him say that!) And a big thanks to Jonathan of Captain Experiences for booking and following up on our trip. The home of Damn Good Fishing Guides, this site has guides all over the country and they lived up to their name when they hooked us up with Nathan. Nathan guides out of Bozeman, Montana, fishing the Yellowstone, Madison, and a couple of other great Montana rivers. Nate, the owner, kept us informed with a full written itinerary, with constant follow up both before and after the trip. It was a professional job all the way around. So if you are looking for a guide anywhere, or wanting to fish the Yellowstone area, give Jonathan a call and he will put you with the best. Overall a first class trip. So when it is all said and done it was a great way to spend a day along with our park expedition. And here is a taste of what is next, as soon as I organize all of the park stuff. We saw almost everything we wanted to this trip and were so fortunate to see the wolves everyday along with enough wildlife to keep us happy. (For a while!) And to Nathan, I have added the Madison to my bucket list. Thanks for reading my stuff.

    Doug C. with Nate S. of Yellowstone River, Montana

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