.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park


I am calling this series Yellowstone Journals and Additional Information. It is a collection of a
rambling mixture of experiences on the streams with some notes, tips and additional
information thrown in. Some of this comes from my video tape logs (record of video shot)
and  notes made on my daily note books.

Firehole River - Part 3:

It is not a good idea to fall in love with the Firehole River. If you happen to like it
and you try to find another trout stream in the World like it, you are out of luck.
They don't exist. It is completely unique.

I really don't know where to start or stop when writing about our experiences on
the Firehole. I don't want to be boring and I don't want to leave something out
that some of you may find interesting or informative. You can't just label the
Firehole River as being a certain type of river even though I just got through
saying it was one of a kind. I guess a better description would be several
different, one of a kind streams, all in one.

For example, take the upper part above the bridge above Old Faithful. It is a
small stream with brook trout. We have fished it but you really wouln't have a
clue you were fishing the Firehole River in that section if someone blindfolded
you and dropped you off on the stream. The little stream flows from Madison
Lake, a small lake located near the continental divide. If was fun to discover
what the stream had to offer but that was the full extent of the enjoyment of
fishing it. You could do better fishing wise at hundreds of other locations in the

The section below the bridge on the road above Old Faithful is closed to fishing.
They did that to protect the thermal features around the Old Faithful area. This
is about a two and one-half mile stretch of the river. The stream is still relatively
small in that area. It picks up a lot of warm water in that area.

At the end of the Old Faithful closed section, back on the opposite side of the
main road, the Firehole River is joined by two other steams. The Little Firehole
River and just above its confluence with the Firehole, Iron Spring Creek enters
the Little Firehole River. The Little Firehole River is really a creek in terms of
size. Both of these streams add cold water to the warmer Firehole River at that

We have fished them both several times. The action can vary from great to poor
depending on the main Firehole River water temperature. More tomorrow..

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