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


Greater Yellowstone Area Trip Planning -

September 15, 2009 - September 30, 2009:

The last two weeks of September usually provides good fishing in the park and
the surrounding rivers and streams. As I said in the last article on the first two
weeks of September, the middle of September usually brings on some big
changes in the weather, especially in the higher elevations. You will probably
see a few light snows even at the lower elevations.

If the weather hold up fairly well, the
Lamar River, Slough Creek and Soda
Butte Creek
should all three fish well. There may be some larger drakes still
around and there will most likely be some
baetis hatching in all three streams.
The cutthroats will be a little picky but they can still be caught fairly easy. Don't
forget the terrestrials - hopper, ants and beetles.

The lower
Gardner River should be fine. There may be some baetis hatches
occurring there. The upper Gardner will fish great but the trout will be smaller

Yellowstone River will continue to fish well, especially in the two canyons,
the Black and Yellowstone. The upper river  below the Lake will still be fishable
but you will have to hunt for the trout. There will be some
Heptagenia species or
Pale Evening Duns and Blue-winged Olives hatching.

Madison River in the park should be fishing great. There will be baetis
mayflies that hatch along with a lot of smaller Blue-winged Olives. These are not
easy to match and it is not real easy to fool the trout in the smooth sections of
the river, but the bugs will be there and there will be plenty of trout eating them
right before your eyes. The White Miller caddisflies should still be plentiful and
the trout will feed on the egg layers every late afternoon. Before the month is
over, there should be a few fish move up river from Hedgen Lake. The Barns
Hole and other holes along the lower section of the Madison will be hot spots for
anglers. We will have to wait and see if they will be hot spots for the fish. You
may want to try some soft hackles and streamers in case there are some larger
trout that are headed upstream.

Firehole River will probably be the most popular spot in the park to fish.
There should be Blue-winged Olive hatches taking place, especially on the bad
weather days, along with lots of caddis including the White Millers. Catching
trout in the smooth water requires a little skill but there are plenty of nice trout to
be caught.

Madison River below Quake Lake should be a great place to fish. It is a
good time to nymph fish some of the deeper runs and if you are lucky, you may
find a good hatch of Blue-winged Olives.

The crowds will be gone and you can have most anywhere to yourself except
maybe - the holes in the lower Madison in the park. You may have to wait in line
to fish those spots.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh