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

02/08/09

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 6

Yesterday I discussed the way I like to fish the meadow sections of the Gibbon.
Today I will touch on fishing the other sections of the river or the faster water
areas of the stream. Again, I am excluding the area above the Virginia Meadows
because we have not fished there.

All in all, you want find many large trout in the fast water sections of the Gibbon.
What you will find is a lot of them. Most of them are ten to twelve inches with
some reaching fourteen inches. Every once in a while you may get a larger one,
especially if you are fishing water close to the meadow areas. Some of these
fast water areas are called canyon sections. That makes them sound real
difficult to access but that is not really the case. You can get to just about all of
the water fairly easily. There is a mile long section of fast water that separates
Elk Park from the Gibbon Meadows. There is a seven mile section of what is
called canyon water from Gibbon Meadows to the lower meadows near its
confluence with the Firehole River.

There is brown trout in the fast sections below Gibbon Meadows to the falls.
Below the falls you will find a mixture of rainbow and brown trout. The browns
are good about taking dry flies. You don't necessarily have to fish nymphs to
catch them although that is certainly a good way. When the vegetation in the
river gets high or maybe I should say later in the season when the water gets
low, fishing a nymph can be a problem. You will have to sight fish the clear
areas of the stream to keep from hanging the weeds and grass.

I always fish the stream in an upstream direction. There are a few exceptions.
There are some pools in the river and when trout are feeding on caddisflies and
other insects in the pools from the middle to the tail ends of them, I sometimes
use a down and across presentation. The idea in fishing upstream in the pocket
water is to make a lot of short cast. I rarely cast over twenty-twenty five feet.
Many times they are far shorter. You will be fishing for trout that are not
necessarily showing their presence with rises. You will see some, of course, and
when you do you should fish for the trout that are feeding, but most of the time
you will be searching for them. Now you don't want to place your fly any and
every where in the stream. Concentrate on the current seams, the tail ends of
the pools, the ends of the long runs and riffles. Place your fly in the bubbles on
the surface. Where ever you see them, it is the most likely place aquatic insects
would also be drifting downstream.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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