.............................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 5:

As I said yesterday, the Little Firehole and Iron Spring Creek stay much cooler
than the Firehole River. Iron Spring Creek runs into the Little Firehole not far
above the Little Firehole's confluence with the main river coming from the Old
Faithful area.  

The short section of the LIttle Frehole that contains the water from Iron Spring
Creek (before joining the main river) seems to hold a lot of fish. At least we have
always been able to catch some there. Heading upstream on the Little Firehole
toward the plateau, you will find some rather deep areas that always hold trout.
They will also hang out beneath the undercut banks, which is true of the entire
Firehole River, for that matter. There is also a lot of deadfall trees in the water
through that section of the Little Firehole. There is little or no thermal activity up
the stream.

The Little Firehole cuts its way through the dropoff from the plateau. Mystic Falls
is located at that point. We have fished to near the falls but we have not been
up on the plateau to fish the Little Firehole River. It is supposed to have been
stocked with cutthroat trout above the falls. We have caught several trout in the
lower section of the Little Firehole, including a couple of real nice browns, but
for the most part is isn't easy fishing. As with most of the Firehole, it is easy to
catch them where the water gets fast, if some happens to be there, but not so
easy in the smooth flowing sections. It takes a very good cast placed very close
to the bank from a concealed position to get one to come out from the undercut
banks and grab your fly. I fish upstream and pick out the places I want to
present my fly before I get close to the area. You can usually tell where the fish
will be holding just by looking at the water. You can see the bottom most
anywhere in the stream.

Iron Spring Creek is very similar. It is as large, and even larger in places, than
the Little Firehole. It has more shallow water. As you move upstream, if you can
get a fly to any structure in the stream, such as longs, roots, grass clumps, or
anything that may hold a trout, without spooking the fish, you stand a chance at
catching one. Of course the deeper holes and undercut banks hold most of the
trout. The number of fish in each of these two little streams varies considerably
depending on the time of year (as well as the year) that you are there.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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