Paradise Valley lives up to its name! Stretching from Gardner to Livingston, Paradise Valley is considered one of the most beautiful places to float and catch Trout On The Fly. In this 60 mile stretch high numbers of Yellowstone Cutthroats populate the upper section near Yankee Jim Canyon. The upper section is well known for its prolific salmon fly hatch, starting in mid to late June. Mother Nature timed this hatch perfectly, occurring shortly after run off and post-spawn, making these trout ready to feed! From Emigrant, Montana to Livingston, the Yellowstone offers a variety of species – rainbows, browns, cutthroats, cutbows and mountain whitefish. The Yellowstone River's fishing season typically starts later than tailwaters like the Madison, Big Horn, and Missouri because it lacks dammed reservoirs that allow sediment to settle or dissipate.
The region from Livingston down river to Columbus may not be as scenic, but it makes up for it with larger than average brown trout! This stretch of river offers outstanding terrestrial fly fishing, because the river cuts through miles of hay fields loaded with grasshoppers. The structure is similar to the upper Yellowstone with long distinct runs, deep pools, and cut banks, all great habitats for trout.