.............................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.

Fly Fishing the Madison River in September - Part 6

Fishing the meadow sections of the Madison River is not exactly easy any way
you want to go about it. It takes some practice and time on the water to get used
to its currents. It fishes more like a fast flowing spring creek with heavy grass
beds that it does a freestone stream.

Fishing the riffle sections of the river is entirely different. In most cases you can
wade up stream and present the fly in an up or up and across manner with little
problem. I usually make a lot of short cast. Most of the time they are less than
twenty feet. The difference, as I have said previously, is the fish run smaller in
the riffles.

I am not certain as to why, but we have found that the riffle sections above the
seven mile bridge have more trout or offer better fishing than those downstream
of the bridge. I think it has to do with the population of insects. There are a lot
more aquatic insects above the bridge in the riffles than there are below the
bridge. That is probably due to the bottom composition. It seems there are a lot
of long stretches of riffles that don't hold many trout. That is also most likely due
to the fact there is less deep water. Again, that is speculation on my part.  

The area in and around the nine-mile hole is entirely different from either the
meadows or the shallow riffle sections of the river. It contains just about every
type of water conceivable. It also usually contains some very nice trout. You
cannot fish it the same way you can a lot of pocket water. You are not free to
wade any and everywhere you would like to. It is not only pocket water. It is
pocket water full of grass beds. It is very difficult to just look at the water and
know what is below the surface in many cases. It can be deceptive. Like the
meadows, it too can present some tricky currents that interfere with your getting
a drag free drift.

The area contains some huge boulders and large rocks. It also has some timber
or dead falls that seems to change from year to year. There is a lot of cover for
the trout. The Blue-winged Olives I have been writing about hatch in the
nine-mile hole area too, just not in as large of quantities as the meadows. You
will find them hatching in the calmer pockets, not the fast water. I usually present
the fly in the current seams below the pockets.

It is possible to spot trout in this area but not as easy as it is in the meadows.
The surface of the water in smooth only in a few places. Most of the time the
trout are holding under water with a rough surface and are more difficult to find.
If you take your time and watch the water carefully during the hatch, you can
usually find a trout that you can attempt to catch but most often you will need to
resort to blind cast in the pocket water sections of the Madison River.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh