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

03/17/09

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 - Part 6

We have only fished the lower five miles of the Lamar River a few times. We
mostly fish the river in the seven mile long section through the valley along the
Northeast Entrance Road. We have hiked up the river from the Soda Butte
junction along the Lamar River trail a few times but usually not over two miles. It
is fairly tough going with camera equipment. It is only thirty miles long.

There are some outfitters that take horseback trips into the upper Lamar River.
One I know of crosses over the mountain from Pelican Valley east of
Yellowstone Lake. The upper Lamar is probably the most remote part of
Yellowstone National Park. Some horseback outfitters travel upstream from the
lower section of the Lamar River. These trips usually last a few days. We have
not been on one of them and cannot recommend any of the outfitters. We have
wanted to do that but I haven't been able to talk Angie into letting me go. She is
always worried something will happen to me. I guess I will just have to dream
about it.

The lower five miles of the Lamar River from where the bridge crosses the
Lamar downstream flows through hills on its way to join the Yellowstone River. It
has a population of cutthroats along with rainbow and cutbows. There are two or
three places to access the river. It does not flow along the road and requires
from a half mile to a mile long hike to reach. The easiest way is to reach it from
the first parking lot on Slough Creek road. This is called the VIP parking lot. You
can hike down an old road to the river. We have fished this area several times
and have always been fairly successful.

This part of the Lamar has some large boulders in it. There are some very large
pools with short fast water sections between them. The stream drops down to
the Yellowstone at a steep decline. The best way to fish this part is to hike
downstream as far as you want to fish and then fish back upstream. I just do not
like fishing pocket water in a downstream direction.

The only section of the Lamar we have not fished (except the upper headwater
or about 28 miles of the river) is the short canyon section upstream from where
the bridge crosses the Lamar. We have looked at it and considered it several
times but we have not fished it. I have talked to several guys who have and each
of them reported good fishing in that section. It is a rugged area less than a mile
long with some very huge boulders. One gentlemen told me it was his favorite
part of the river, so I don't want to omit mentioning it just because we haven't
fished it. It can be reached from the upper area where the canyon starts but
there is no official trail along that part of the river. It is always difficult for me to
not fish the seven mile long section along the road. You can always find some
water that hasn't been fished as long as you are willing to fish the parts of the
winding river that are a good ways from the road.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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