James Marsh fishing Yellowstone river
Yellowstone River Black Canyon
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear for the Yellowstone River - Yellowstone National
Park
The Yellowstone River is such a diverse river within Yellowstone National Park that it requires a
lot of different gear and tackle to cover all the possibilities. It really depends on which section
you would be fishing. For example, if you wanted to fish the Seven Mile Hole, you wouldn't want
to carry a large section of gear and tackle down the steep decline and back. You would want to
limit it to one outfit that would be easily packed in and out of the canyon. Just keep in mind that
the gear and tackle we list would be for any and all of the huge river.

Fly Line:
The best all around size fly line for the Yellowstone River would probably be a five weight
forward or double tapered, floating fly line. Most anglers would prefer to have a variety of lines
especially if their vehicle was nearby. You would probably also want a six weight floating line to
fish nymphs and streamers. You may consider a sinking, intermediate or sinking tip line for
certain times of the season when you used streamers.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the line sizes above you choose to use. The five
weight rods would be ideal at a length of nine feet. Longer rods work better in the winds normal
at the high altitudes of the Yellowstone River. A medium fast to fast action would be our choice.
The six weight rod should be nine feet in length in a medium fast to fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the five and six weight lines should be light and have good drags. The drags
should be smooth and adjust to fine increments. There are plenty of eighteen inch and larger
cutthroat trout in the river and you wouldn't want to lose one because you used a inferior drag.

Leaders:
A nine foot leader length would probably be the best all around length. You may also want a
twelve foot length for fishing small dry flies in the smooth sections of water. The only other
exception would be when you are fishing streamers whereas you may want a short leader of
only 3 or 4 feet. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers up to 6X
for midges and other small flies.

Tippet:
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders:
Waders are necessary for fishing the Yellowstone River. We prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would still be our choice. The new rubber soles may work okay. We haven't tested
them in the Yellowstone River yet.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory. The stream is fairly easy to wade in
areas and difficult to wade in others.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be purely optional. We do recommend using one.

Trout Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of everything insect that
exist in the Yellowstone River. Many of our flies have been tested and proven to work in this
great river. If you haven't done so already, please give them an opportunity to work for you.
We feel confident that you will be glad you did.
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Yellowstone River, YNP
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