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

04/29/09


Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River - Fishing Tales - Part  5

There are some other areas and times that we have done very well on the
Yellowstone River below the Lake. One of those places is just below Le Hardy
Rapids. We have caught several nice trout there using nymphs and caddis
larvae imitations. Granted it is not exactly what we want to do when we fish
Yellowstone, but we had much rather tie on a nymph than not catch anything.
On three or four different occasions, usually not fishing over a couple of hours
each time, we have managed good catches in this area. There is a lot of
structure there. I don't know if it helps hold the cutthroats or not for sure but it
seems to. It is thought that this is a resting place for fish migrating back into the
lake after spawning. That is also reasonable but I haven't had any of them tell
me that was what they were doing.

I don't normally use indicators and I have never used one there. I suppose it
would be okay thought. I usually just weight the tippet using non-toxic weight a
few inches above the fly and fish it near the bottom. I have used two methods
in this area. One is to cast up and across and mend two or three times to help
get the fly down. The other way I have fished it is the same way you would fish a
soft hackle. Cast down and across, mend and allow the fly to swing around. This
works best closer to the riffles and faster water.

Another place we have done well is in the upper part of the river where it is a
good distance away from the road. During late August and early September we
have been able to catch several cutthroats along the banks feeding on Pale
Evening Duns. We have used PED nymphs, wet fly emergers, duns and
spinners and have managed to catch trout on all four types of our Perfect Fly
Pale Evening Dun imitations. Which fly you use depends on what part of the day
you are fishing and the cloud cover. We have done much better with cloud
cover. That is possibly a coincidence. I am not certain about it but it appeared to
have a big effect.

Most of these fish were individually spotted rising and cast too. There is a lot of
water to cover and there are not that many fish along the banks. We just try to
cover a lot of bank. We work upstream casting fairly close to the banks to do
this. This seems to get better later on toward the middle of September.

Tomorrow I will discuss some area we have been successful downstream of
there.


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