Update on Yellowstone River


The Yellowstone River is looking good this morning. What ever rainstorms were happening in the Park likely turned to snow, and it would seem that the mud plugs have moved down. We will keep you posted on any other reports we hear!


Yellowstone River at Pine Creek

If you’re thinking of fishing today, we would have to say that it is a good idea! It’s a little chilly right now, but that doesn’t mean the fishing won’t be good. We could see a great Fall BWO hatch today, as well as various other mayflies. Don’t leave home without your small dry box. Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, and Para Wulffs will be your friends today. If you’re into throwing some meat, bust out the streamer rod and line up the sink tip. We’re just getting into prime-time for Fall fishing, and some of the best streamer fishing of the year.

Good luck if you get out! Stay warm and dry, and if you are in need of any reports, info on rivers, gear, bugs, or just want to talk fishing on this gloomy day, swing by either shop and say hi!

Yellowstone River | Possible Mud Plug


Judging by the Lamar River Streamflow Report, and the Pine Creek Webcam, there appears to be a bit of a mud plug moving down the Yellowstone River.

The Lamar saw a pretty good spike a couple hours ago, so our guess would be that there will be some mud moving down shortly. It’s already dropping down, so it shouldn’t last long. We’ll keep you posted on the clarity! If you’re up there, give us a call and let us know how it’s looking!





Steelhead rivers are some of the last pristine, pure water systems left on the planet. We need to do our part to protect those that are left, and to help restore those that have not been treated with much respect.

Head out to the The Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, here in Bozeman on Tuesday, September 16th, at 7:00 PM to learn more about the journey of the Wild Steelhead and the obstacles they face along the way. There will be a showing of “WILD REVERENCE” by North Fork Studios.

For more information on the project, visit North Fork Studios

Here is the trailer….


Fresh Fishing Reports

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When headed out on a weekend fly fishing adventure, there are a few things you don’t want to leave home with out…

Your Fly Rod

A key part of your gear arsenal when fly fishing….

Your Fly Box/Boxes

Another essential piece of gear. Typically, landing fish without a hook can be quite difficult. 

Your Fishing Reports from The River’s Edge Fly Shop.

If you remember the two steps above, but don’t know where to go and what to use, why even bother? Don’t forget our fishing reports before you head out to the river! 


Meet the Drink Tank Growler | 64 oz. of pure awesomeness.




 You might be asking yourself…”What the heck is this crazy contraption.” Don’t worry…we said that at first too. We’ll break it down for you.


  • Drink Tanks are constructed of high quality 18/8 Stainless Steel.
  • The Tanks do not sweat, due to a double wall vacuum sealed design. 
  • A BPA Free Poly Lid, secured by a double bail locking system. 
  • Growler Sized, 64 oz. 

Now…into the interesting part: 

We ordered all of ours with the additional Keg Attachments. That means a couple of things… The Keg Cap allows you to preserve your beer, and keep things fresh. In addition it allows you to dispense your frosty cold drink without having to open up the Drink Tank. 

If you’re not a beer connoisseur, the growler makes for a great water bottle, and an excellent coffee keeper and will keep your hot substances hot during your long days on the river. 

We’re carrying these bad boys at both shops, so stop by and check one out while they’re here! We have a feeling these might go fast..

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Welcome to September!

Before heading out to the river on this beautiful Labor Day, be sure to check out our freshly updated Fishing Reports. We keep you updated on all things fly fishing on the Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, and Missouri Rivers, as well as the Local Spring Creeks. If you are interested in a river that is not on our list, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We fish all over the state and hear reports from all the area waters! 

Have a great Labor Day, and hopefully catch a few nice trout! 




When it comes to great gear, the most experienced guide staff in town, and the best sources of local knowledge, we’ve got it all here at The River’s Edge. We are your Complete Fly Fishing Outfitter. 

We carry all of the best brands including a complete selection of Simms gear, fly rods from Winston, Sage, Scott, and St. Croix, and fly lines from Scientific Anglers and Rio. Our West location is the only fly shop in the USA to carry 100% of the Simms product line in stock. We also keep our fly bins stocked with great flies selected for all of our local rivers and streams, as well as quite a few stillwater flies. In addition to our freshwater selection, we also have all the best flies for your next Saltwater destination. If you’re into big streamers for big trout or Pike, we can take care of you there too!

We take pride in helping all anglers, from the most experienced to the first timer, enjoy their time on the water.  

If you’re in the area, stop by either one of our shops and say hi! If there is one thing that we enjoy doing, it’s talking fly fishing. We love hearing about your latest fly fishing adventures! If you’re headed out, we can get you stocked up on all the necessities and get you going in the right direction to have a great experience fly fishing. 

If you’re not coming through Bozeman any time soon, but want some great fly fishing gear, check out our Online Fly Shop HERE. We offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50.00, and FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on orders over $500.00. 

Yellowstone Days….


There aren’t too many better ways to spend a day than floating down Montana’s Yellowstone River. Bluebird August days are some of our favorites, and as August comes to an end, we will start to see leaves changing colors and and the temps dropping a bit, paving the way for a great September! 


Terrestrials | Potato Chips for Trout



It’s mid-August. The sun is high, the days are long, and the land-dwelling insects are at the peak of their short-lived summer lives. 

Hoppers, Ants, Beetles, and Crickets. They’re all an essential part of Mr. Trout’s diet. 

Fly fishing during August can be difficult at times. In that bright sun, fish can be tough to come by at times. There are periods during the day however, when the fish are actively feeding, and a well presented Ant pattern fits nicely on their lunch menu. 

The Upper Madison River is a top notch fishery for Terrestrials. As with the Yellowstone, Gallatin, and many other local rivers and streams.

Flying Ants are starting to show up more and more each day on the Upper Madison River, meaning the trout are starting to look for them. When headed up to the upper stretches of the river, $3 Bridge area, don’t leave home without a nice selection of both black and cinnamon colored ant patterns. We have quite a few, which you can see above, so swing by and stock up. An ant pattern is often the ticket when trying to fool a picky trout. Another great combo is to fish a Hopper with an Ant Pattern trailing off the back. You can also fish a sunken ant (ant pattern with no float treatment) off the back of your hopper. 

Beetles are a standard Summer pattern. Another fly that you should always keep a few of in your dry fly box. There aren’t many trout that can pass up a well presented beetle fly. These crunchy treats are simply irresistible for many fish in our area, and a favorite among the Upper Madison River Rainbow population.

Hopper fishing is really picking up in the area. Most of the fields have been cut down now, so the action is getting hotter and hotter. Concentrate your efforts on Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, and Upper Madison River near Ennis. Other local rivers such as the Stillwater, Boulder, and Ruby offer excellent Hopper fishing.

Here are a couple tips for Terrestrial fishing in August:


This is key when terrestrial fishing. Not to say you can’t pick up fish in the middle,  because you certainly can, however most of your action will be concentrated towards the banks of the river. When you think about it, the naturals are almost always falling off the rocks and sticks and trees guarding the edges of the river. The fish know it’s happening, so they move in a little closer to the banks, ready to pick off anything that drops in. 


There is a right way to twitch and add action to a dry fly. There is also a wrong way. We see the wrong way a lot. Think “struggle.” The bug is not just playing and swimming around in the water. It is trying to escape. Fluttering, skittering, popping, flailing. Those are what get the trout’s attention. A couple quick twitches, to simulate a struggling bug, then a complete dead drift is my favorite way to fish Hoppers.


When in doubt, bust out the attractors. Humpies, Trudes, Wulffs, PMXs. A “Royal” fly makes for a great Ant pattern, Humpies are beetle-ish, and the mighty PMX is an excellent Hopper pattern. 

Terrestrial fishing can be one of the funnest fishing opportunities of the season! Aggressive takes, big fish, and a lot of visual satisfaction. It’s a limited season, so be sure to take advantage of it while you can! 

We’ve got a lot of great patterns to cover all the Terrestrial fishing! We’ve got hoppers, ants, beetles, crickets, and many other patterns that are crossovers. If you’re looking for up-to-date fishing reports from local rivers such as the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin, check out our Online Fishing Reports.

Stop by either shop and say hi! We’re on Summer Hours still, 7:30-ish AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Sunday. We’ve got you taken care of for all your fly, gear, and advice needs. If you’re an online shopper, check out our Online Fly Shop. We have all the best gear from Simms, Winston Fly Rods, Sage Fly Rods, and Fishpond. FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $50.00.

August is a great time to escape the heat of your Hometown and plan a Montana Vacation! We have Guide Trip openings for the rest of the month and beyond, so give us a call and we’ll get you well on your way to catching some wild Montana trout. 


Fishing Reports | August 12th, 2014


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It looks like the weather is cooling down a bit, so we should see fishing continue to improve. The rivers have cleared up after the recent rainstorms, however keep a watchful eye on the Streamflow Reports for changing conditions with the afternoon thundershowers forecasted.

It looks like we could be in for some good rain here in Bozeman tonight, so we’ll have to wait and see what the rivers do tomorrow.

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If we hear of any mud, we will let you guys know as soon as possible!

For the most up-to-date reports from the SW Montana Region, check our Fishing Reports. You can also sign up for our email list, which will deliver you fishing reports via email.