|....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Greater Yellowstone Area Trip Planning -
May 23, 2009 - second week of June, 2009:
One thing that you can usually count on is the Firehole River. Normally it is the
place to be on opening day in the park. The Madison River drainage comes
from mountains that are slightly lower in elevation than many of the other
drainages in the park. The snow pack isn't quite as large as other areas of the
The other big factor is the geysers. They help warm the water in the Firehole
River and that makes a big difference early in the season. Since the warm water
from the Firehole contributes greatly to the Madison River, it too is usually a little
warmer than most of the other steams in the park when the season first opens.
The Firehole River usually starts out with excellent dry fly fishing due to
Blue-winged Olive and Pale Morning Dun hatches as well as hatches of
caddisflies. Of course everything is always subject to the fast changing weather
conditions at this time of the year.
The condition of the Madison River below Quake Lake strictly depends on
the runoff. Some years it is right in the beginning of the runoff and other years it
has just ended. Provided the runoff has ended and the water has cleared up
enough, the fishing should be excellent. If it is not by the last two days of May, it
most likely will be by the end of the first week of June. By the middle of June the
Blue-winged Olives should be hatching in good quantities.
Fishing around the Three Dollar Bridge Area is usually just beginning. Nymphs
may produce some good catches of large brown and rainbow trout. The entire
wade only section should just be getting started. The drift boat, or float section
father downstream, should be producing well even with dry flies. If the Madison
isn't clear by the end of May, it should be by the end of the first week of June.
The Henry's Fork River below Aston Reservoir normally is a prime place to
be during this time period. Pale Morning Duns and Blue-winged Olives are the
normal hatches in this part of the Henry's Fork. Upstream a ways, the Box
Canyon of the Henry's Fork should be in its prime. Stoneflies including the
huge Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies should be hatching in the faster water
of the canyon. The Henry's Fork may be the best place to be the first week or
two in June. Certainly between the Henry's Fork, the Madison below Quake Lake
and the Firehole and Madison in the Park, one should find some great fishing.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh