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

02/07/09

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.

Gibbon River - Part 5

If you are going to fish the meadow sections of the Gibbon River, you better
make sure there is a hatch taking place or at least about to take place; or that it
is terrestrial season. If not, you are probably going to have a difficult time
catching trout. They can be caught under other circumstances, of course, but it
isn't easy. The exception to this is the uppermost two meadow sections, the
Virginia Meadows and the Gibbon Meadows. The fish are mostly brook trout and
it isn't necessary to have a hatch to catch them although it doesn't hurt. It just
makes it non-stop action with a hit on every cast.

Fishing the faster water sections of the river is not so difficult with or without a
hatch. Of course, it too is better if a hatch is occurring. Now keep in mind that
there are a lot of hatches that takes place on this river from its higher elevations
to the lower meadow where it joins the Firehole River to form the Madison. Most
likely there will be a hatch at some place on the river. In fact, most likely there
will be multiple hatches occurring.

I mentioned before that I fished the meadows three basic ways. One from the
banks fishing the undercuts, another from below the short riffles, and the third
way was fishing a hatch. Now to be more specific about the meadows (not
considering the upper two meadows), let me first discuss the hatches. Of course
you are going to need to fish the stage of the hatch based on the particular
species of insect. There are far too many to go into the details of each here but
I do want to point out that you may be able to fish the hatch from the banks or
you may have to wade to do that. Either way, you should present the fly in a
downstream or down and across method. The fish are spooky from pressure
and the water is smooth. If you fish downstream correctly, they will only see your
fly, not your fly line or you. I want go into the details of that either due to time.

If you fish the short riffles, whether during a hatch or not, you would probably be
best off to fish in an upstream direction. You may try it from the banks and reach
part of the riffle but I usually get into the water below the riffle and fish upstream.
I usually make a lot of short to medium cast slightly up and across.

When I fish the undercut banks, I fish both ways, up and downstream,
depending on the situation. You first must get yourself located in the best
possible position to make the cast. You need to make long cast and precise
cast. If you fly hits the grass hanging off the edge of the bank, you are on track
just inches off. I usually knell down and cast to lower my profile.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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