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


The Basics: Presentation - Part 21- Preparation
After I have though about it, I realize that I may have put the cart before the
horse. I have been dealing with the presentation of flies to trout by starting with
the cast. Before you start casting, there are a lot of things you need to consider
in terms of preparing for what you are about to do. You shouldn't just walk up
the Madison River or the Yellowstone River and start casting. You should first
carefully plan exactly where to cast and what fly to use.

When you arrive at the stream, you should already have a good idea of what
should be hatching. Hatch charts that are available on this site and local fly
shop information both provide this information. Hopefully, you have brought the
right gear and flies to the stream with you. I want get into how you go about
making these selections here, although that is a part of the planning stages for
your presentations.

Remember that the timing of your arrival is very important. In Yellowstone
Country, the wind is usually fairly calm in the early mornings. As the day goes on
it tends to increase. There are exceptions to this of course, when large fronts
are passing through, for example, but typically, the wind will be stronger in the
afternoons. Take advantage of the calm time of day. It is much easier to spot
feeding trout and to examine the water. Take advantage of those days when the
sky is overcast, even if it is about to rain or snow. Those are some of the best
times to fish. Don't wait for a nice, sun shinny day. Some of the best dry fly
fishing takes place on cold, rainy and snowy days.

When you get to the stream, sit down or at least stand still for a few minutes and
just look at the water. Do you see any trout rising? If they are, try to determine
what they are eating? The hatch charts should have provided some very good
clues. Trout feeding on the surface of the water are much easier to spot than
those that are feeding subsurface. You can see trout in the clear streams of
Yellowstone that are feeding beneath the surface, if you will take the time to
closely examine the water. If you don't see any trout feeding on the surface,
move around the stream very slowly and look for trout feeding subsurface for a
least a few minutes. Often it is their white mouths flashing that provides gives
them away. If you see trout, they are most likely feeding, or at least trying to
feed on something. If you don't see them. They are hiding and not feeding.
These simply things will get you started out in the right direction.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh