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

03/11/09

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.

Fly Fishing Soda Butte Creek - Stories - Part 2

In the last article I wrote about our first trip to the Northeast corner of
Yellowstone National Park several years ago. On our first stop on Soda Butte
Creek, Angie caught over a dozen trout in less than two hours. It was only about
1:00 PM when she finished fishing that stretch of water.  From there we moved
down the stream to about the head of the meadow section. It was my turn to fish
and her turn to run the video camera.

Within the next two hours I managed to catch about the same number she had
caught except my fish was much larger. They probably averaged fourteen
inches long and I had a couple of fish around sixteen inches. I used a small
grasshopper imitation. When I finished that section of the stream (there were
anglers above and below me) we moved on down to fish the Lamar River. That
was still only about 3:00 PM. Four hours of fishing Soda Butte Creek had
produced over two dozen cutthroats. We had never seen the stream before that
day. That is how good the fishing can be on Soda Butte Creek.

That trip was several years ago. We only stayed in the area about three days
that first trip there because rain blew the stream out of its banks. Each of those
three days we caught a lot of trout fishing new areas of the Northeast corner
including Slough Creek, the Lamar River and Soda Butte. Soda Butte produced
the most fish for the least amount of fishing. Since that trip we have been back
to the Northeast Corner several times during several different years. The very
next year we spent over two weeks in Cooke City fishing the streams I justed
named. We caught lots of trout during those fifteen days of fishing. That year we
spent a total of about sixty days fishing the park and out of all the fishing, I can
say the Northeast Corner produced the most fish.

The only time we have had any difficulty in catching trout there was year before
last and that was only in the lower meadow section of the stream. It was late
September and the meadows had been beaten to a pulp by anglers since mid
July. The cutthroat trout were very spooky. It took crawling up on them (staying
low) and good presentations to fool them. We still managed to catch some trout
and some were large ones, but it was more difficult than we had found it during
the other years we had fished there.

On that same trip during the last couple of weeks in September, we were able to
catch a huge number of trout in the upper part of Soda Butte near the last
bridge that crosses the stream. In one afternoon, my guess is that we took over
fifty trout there. None of them were over twelve inches but it was a lot of fun
catching them. I don't mean to brag about it by any means. I think any fairly
experienced angler could have done the same thing. I am only pointing out how
good the fishing can be on Soda Butte Creek.  

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