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

03/12/09

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 the Lamar River

Since I have been writing about Soda Butte Creek, I may as well continue with
the Northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. It is the most beautiful area
of the park. I am sure some visitors would not agree with that. If they didn't, they
just don't like rugged, wide-open beauty.

The Lamar River drains a huge area of the park. Most of the River is not
accessible from a road. You have to hike to reach much of it. The upper parts of
the headwaters cannot be reached in a day trip. It requires over night trips or
horse back trips to reach much of the water. Although that offers the most in
terms of getting away from everything into the truly remote section of the park
only a few have visited, the lower section is offers the best fishing. That is
because the farther you travel up the Lamar or most any other stream in
Yellowstone, the smaller the fish tend to average. There may be more of them
and they may be easier to catch, but they are usually not as large as the trout in
the lower section of the river.

The river flows from the Absaroka Mountains for over thirty miles before it
reaches a road. The lower section of the Lamar River that flows along the road
is only about thirteen miles long. That makes a total length of around forty-three
miles. At the point the Lamar reaches the Northeast Entrance Road, Soda Butte
Creek joins it. This increases the size of the river. The river flows about seven
miles from that point through the wide open Lamar Valley before entering a
canyon section. The canyon section is only about two miles long. The road
crosses the Lamar just past the canyon on its western side. It leaves the road at
that point and flows another five miles before its confluence with the Yellowstone
River. The water is this section of the river must be hiked into to fish. It flows
mostly through open hills but there is also another short section of canyon. This
part of the river sees few anglers although it is fairly accessible. In fact, the
canyon section along the road sees only a few anglers. Most of the anglers will
be found in the seven mile long section that flows through the open valley.
Lucky for those who enjoy a short walk to the river, this section offers as good of
fishing as the Lamar has to offer.

Other than Soda Butte, there is only one other major tributary stream that flows
into the Lamar. It is Cache Creek. It can be accessed via the Lamar River
trailhead by hiking about three miles. It also has a good population of cutthroat
trout. These fish see very few anglers and are very easy to catch.

We think the Lamar Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the lower 48. I
will write about some of the many days we have spent fishing this river in the
coming articles.


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