.......................  ....................  ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
08/14/14

August 14, 2014, Fly Fishing Report
Yellowstone National Park and Surrounding
Waters

Streams Inside Yellowstone National Park:
(See streams outside the park at the bottom of the page)

Firehole River:
The Firehole River water temperature is still too warm for good fishing. The upper
Firehole headwaters and some of its small tributaries can be fished - Little
Firehole, Nez Perce creek, etc. The later it gets this month, the better the Firehole
will fish. By the end of the month, it will be as good of a place as you will find for
numbers of fish.

Gibbon River:
The lower section of the Gibbon River (below the falls) downstream to the meadows
is okay but marginally warm. The upper Gibbon River (above the falls) is in good
shape. Fish are still being caught from the falls up to and above the meadows and
Norris Geyser Basin. The rainbows and brook trout are small in the uppermost
sections.

Madison River:
The Madison River (in the park) is still a little too warm for good fishing
opportunities but it will change fast this month. If you do fish it, we suggest you limit
your fishing to very early or very late. A good rule of thumb, is too not fish if the
water temperature is above 67 degrees. It usually isn't, until mid day. This will be
changing and getting cooler later in the month. Near the end of August, it will be
coming back into great shape.

Gallatin River:
The Gallatin is in good shape and fishing well from top to bottom. The hatches
have slowed down to Pale Evening Duns, some Yellow Quills, and lots of caddis.  
This will get tougher within the next week or two, but all depending on the weather,
of course. It is almost right the opposite of the Madison valley streams.

Gardner River
The Gardner River is in good shape and will only get better the later in the month it
gets. Depending on exactly where you fish, you will still find Little Yellow Stoneflies,
Spotted Sedges, Pale Evening Duns and a few other insects hatching from the
headwaters above the falls all the way downstream to the Yellowstone River.
Terrestrials will work good, especially in the lower section where the river is
surrounded by lots of high grass. Browns will start moving out of the Yellowstone
River up into the Gardner before the month is over.

Yellowstone River (Canyon Section):
The water has cleared and is in good shape with Golden Stoneflies, Little Yellow
Stoneflies, Spotted Sedges, Pale Morning duns, and others. Tough to get too, but
there will be plenty of fish to catch for the ones brave or stupid enough (depending
on your age and heath) to fish.

Yellowstone River (Black Canyon):
LIttle Yellow Stoneflies are hatching along with  other aquatic insects such as a few
smaller, size 18 PMDs, Spotted Sedges, Green Sedges, Pale Evening Duns, and
other insects. This is a good late summer destination but takes a little hiking.

Yellowstone River Above Yellowstone Lake and below the Lake to the
Yellowstone Falls.
This section of the river will be in good shape. Some PMDs, Spotted Sedges,
Green Sedges, Pale Evening Duns and a few others aquatic insects will be around.
There will be plenty of terrestrials, especially hoppers. Many of the Cutthroats will
have moved back into the lake but there will still be resident cutts in the river to
catch..

Lamar River:
The Larmar will be pretty well beat to death on the lower end where the road
follows along nearby. Also, upstream thunderstorms will still affect it every once
in a while but it should remain in good shape most of the rest of the summer and
early Fall.  Spotted Sedges, Little Yellow Stoneflies, and a fall hatch of March
Browns will be around. Ants and beetles are always worth imitating.

Soda Butte Creek:
The creek should still be in good shape with some fish still being caught but they wil
be more difficult to catch. Those in the meadows will have seen a lot of flies. The
upper section above Ice Box Canyon will be great but the cutts will average a
smaller size.

Slough Creek:
The creek will still be in good shape with lots of trout still being caught in the upper
and lower sections, but like the Soda Butte and lower Larmar, they will be tougher
to catch. There will still be is a ton of insects hatching including some Gray Drakes,
Green Drakes, Small Western Green Drakes, Little Yellow stoneflies,
Spotted Sedges, Green Sedges, small size Pale Morning Duns, and Ants, Beetles
and hoppers. A week or two from now, these condition will start changing and
change fast.

Lewis River:
The River is now in good shape. Late August is a great time to fish the Lewis
Canyon and upper sections of the river. Several insects will still be hatching. The
slower, smoother sections are more difficult to fish than the fast water sections.

Snake River:
The Snake will be in good shape and fish are being caught by the few that are
fishing the river. Some browns will start moving out of the lake upstream into the
park near the end of the month. Hiking is required to reach the majority of the
stream in the park. Like the Lewis, the slower, smoother sections are more difficult
to fish than the fast water.

Bechler River:
The Bechler River of the Cascade Corner of the park is in good shape. August and
September are the best times to fish the river and in particular, its meadow
sections. The meadows hold some good size fish but they aren't exactly push
overs. You will need good presentations and to match the hatch. Smaller size 18
PMDs, Pale Evening Duns, Spotted, Green Sedges, Blue-winged olives and
terrestrials - ants, beetles and hoppers, are some of the flies you will need.

Fall River:
Like the Bechler, the Fall River of the Cascade Corner of the park is in good
shape. Hiking is required to fish just about all of the river and from now through
early September is the time to do it. PMDS, Pale Evening Duns, some Flavs (Small
Western Green Drakes, Little Yellow stoneflies, Spotted and Green Sedges and
terrestrials are flies you should have on hand.  

Streams Outside Yellowstone National Park:
Madison River (from Hebgen Lake to Ennis):
Weekly Updated Fishing Report

Yellowstone River (Outside the Park)
Weekly Updated Fishing Report

Gallatin River (Outside the Park)
Weekly Updated Fishing Report

Henry's Fork Snake River Idaho:
Weekly Updated Fishing Report
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dates you will be fishing Yellowstone
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2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we will
help you decide which flies you need.

3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
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