.............................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 6:

The meadow area near Biscuit Basin is one of our favorite places to fish the
Firehole. It is also the favorite place of many other anglers. This stretch of water
sees a lot of people, some not fishing. Looking back over our shot logs through
the last several years, I found that we have never been to the park without
fishing this stretch of water. Sometimes we fished the park and then moved
outside to other areas such as the Madison, Henry's Fork and the Yellowstone
for a few days. When we returned to the park, where ever we fished, even if it
was the Northeast section, we didn't  fish but a few days without returning to the
upper Firehole River. We may not fish but an hour or two, but we always went

I didn't necessarily realize it at the time but one reason is the diversity of the
Firehole River. Within a couple of miles either way of Biscuit Basin you find a
variety of water. Basically, it is only two types. The open, grass flats with smooth,
slick water than is very difficult to fish and the narrower channels with deeper
water, undercut banks and holes. These faster sections have short riffles and
runs and are generally easier to fish.

This section of the Firehole also has about an equal mixture of brown and
rainbow trout. The browns are not huge for the most part. In fact they probably
average 12 inches or less, but you can catch them much larger. Our largest
brown in that area was only 16 inches according to our tape logs, but they are
some there much larger. We have caught a lot of rainbows and browns in this
area, even though the fishing is generally considered fairly tough.

The area sees a lot of anglers, especially during the early season and then
again in the early fall season, or hopper time of the year. By the end of the
season, the fish are used to seeing people and much harder to catch. Some
anglers believe the fish get wise to certain flies when under a lot of pressure. I
don't necessarily agree with that. They get spooked by anglers over and over
and that makes them flee from a person's movement very quickly. The trout's
brain is very small. They don't remember in the same sense that we remember
things. They don't reject a certain fly because they have seen that fly before
and accept another because they haven't seen it. If they were that smart, we
would never catch one. They have very short memories, if you could even call it
that. Bass tournaments proved that years ago. Released fish are subject to
being caught over and over and have to be dispersed over a large area when
released on they will all be picked off quickly.
(more of fishing pressured trout tomorrow)
Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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