The Yellowstone River is the longest un-dammed river in the lower 48. Flowing for 680 miles, we concentrate on the first 100 miles from Yellowstone National Park boundary to the town of Columbus, MT. You cannot find a river more diverse in the immediate area. The river is divided up into many different sections that have their own characteristics and emotions. The upper river has a abundance of cutthroat trout, generally ranging in size up to 16 inches. Eager to take a dry fly and bolt away from the boat this area is ideal for plenty of action. As you get closer to the town of Livingston the average fish size increases, and you tend to catch more rainbows and browns in the faster water. Below the town of Livingston the river seams to broaden out even more and slows down again. Here lie the "pigs". The numbers are not there in mass, but some of the biggest fish of summer get there photo taken in the lower section, with big streamers or hoppers protruding from their mouths.
The Yellowstone River is one of the most vibrant rivers in all of southwestern Montana. Starting in Wyoming, and winding through Paradise Valley the scenery itself makes the day worthwhile. With the Absorka Mountains as your backdrop, it is difficult at times to keep your eyes on the water.