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


Greater Yellowstone Area Trip Planning -

October 15, 2009 - End of Season

The last couple of weeks of the Yellowstone National Park fly fishing season can
be the best or the worst time to fish. If the weather cooperates, it is usually one
of the best times to catch large trout. The brown trout are in the process of
spawning, making it easy to catch them. Fishing for browns when they are on
their redds  is a non-sporting way to fish. We suggest that you avoid it
altogether. There are plenty of other trout to be caught.

The best fishing in the park is usually in the Madison drainage area including
Madison River, lower Gibbon River and the Firehole River. Baetis
mayflies, or Blue-winged Olives should be hatching in all three of these rivers,
especially if the weather is foul, meaning cloudy, snowing or raining lightly. The
big browns and rainbows that have moved into these rivers from Hebgen Lake
can be caught. Most anglers use streamers or soft hackle flies. The Firehole
River may be the best opportunity for dry fly fishing. The
baetis and some
caddisflies should still be hatching.

Lewis Channel between Lewis Lake and Shoshone Lake will probably be
loaded with large spawning brown trout. You will have to hike in a short ways but
the trip is usually well worth it.

The lower
Gardner River should have its fair share of large brown trout up
from the Yellowstone River. So should the lower part of the Snake River on the
other end of the park. These spawning brown trout move into both the Snake
and Lewis Rivers inside the park. There is usually even better fishing outside of
the park boundaries on the Snake River.

Madison River below Quake Lake should be fishing good. Hatches of
midges and
Baetis mayflies should occur, again especially if the weather is foul.
The bad weather days are excellent times to fish the Blue-winged Olive hatch. If
these insects are not hatching, then I suggest you fish a searching stonefly or
mayfly nymph. This type of fishing can provide a lot of action at times. Fish the
deeper runs and pockets.

The local anglers love this time of the season. They have the water to
themselves. There are very few visiting anglers at this time of the year. If you
catch the weather right, you could be in for some of the best fishing of the entire
season. Catching the weather right doesn't necessarily mean catching a warm,
sunny spell. It just means catching it when there are no major winter storm fronts
hitting Yellowstone. It can be impossible to navigate inside the park or anywhere
else for that matter. The long range forecast for the area should give you a fair
warning of at least four or five days prior to any severe weather fronts.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh