|....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Greater Yellowstone Area Trip Planning -
September 1, 2009 - September 15, 2009:
The first two weeks of the first of the month of September usually brings about
big changes in the weather in Yellowstone Country. The weather can get cold
fast and it can snow. The big swings in the weather patterns usually start near
the middle of the month but they can occur anytime during this period of time.
The Northeastern Section of the park will fish good provided the bad weather
don't get too bad. The Green Drakes (Drake Mackerels) and Blue-winged Olives
should be hatching. The lower end of Slough Creek, most all of Soda Butte
and the Lamar River all three should fish well. The cutthroats will have become
a lot more spooky, so you will have to use a little caution and hide from them.
Don't overlook terrestrials. They will continue to produce anywhere in the park,
even after there has been frost.
The canyon sections of the Yellowstone River will still be fishing good if you
go to the trouble to access them. Below the lake, the river will still produce some
trout but you will have to hunt and work for them.
The hottest stream in the park will probably be the Firehole River. Blue-winged
Olives and caddisflies will bring about the dry fly action. All areas of the river will
produce. The smooth sections are usually the best if you will fish them right but
the riffles will also produce trout. The area around Biscuit Basin is usually a top
choice at this time of the year.
The Madison River in the park will also turn on. The Blue-winged Olives and
caddisflies, especially the White Millers, will be the main aquatic insects to focus
on. There will be two sizes of Blue-winged Olives on both the Madison and the
Firehole. The small ones that are about a hook size 20-22 and the baetis that
are a hook size 18. Both provide good fishing if you can match and present
imitations to fool the trout. The lower meadow sections of the Gibbon River will
also fish good.
The Madison below Quake Lake should also be fishing well. Blue-winged
Olives should be present and the terrestrial fishing should be as good as it gets.
Any part of the wading area should produce some nice trout. There will still be
some caddisflies around so don't overlook them.
Streamers and soft hackle files should also be in your fly box at this time of the
season. They may be the ticket to success, especially during some of the bad
weather days that are destined to occur. They will work in any of the rivers
All in all, this is a great time to be fishing Yellowstone National Park. You
shouldn't be crowded anywhere you choose to fish - well, with maybe a few
places along the Firehole River.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh