....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: Sorry for the break we have taken the last couple of days. We had to revamp part of this site in preparation of expanding it during the next few months.
We are getting a lot of praise about our new Perfect Fly website "Stream Section". We thought we would see how you respond to some of the articles and pictures. Be certain to click on the "fly fishing guide", "hatches" and "gear" sections at the bottom of the page.
The first stream we will feature is right outside the main entrance gate to Yellowstone National Park. It is the Yellowstone River which leaves the park at Gardner and flows through Paradise Valley and on though Montana. In fact it is the longest river in Montana. The featured part is from Gardner through and a few miles downstream of Livingston.
The river is every bit as diverse outside the park as it is inside the park. It is though by many to be fishable only by drift boat. Certainly, that is a great way to fish the river, but it also has plenty of places it can be waded effectively and even fished for the bank effectively in some areas.
Over the years, Angie and I have made numerous stops along the river and have with almost no exceptions, been able to catch a few trout and some nice ones on a few occasions. We have fished it during all of the seasons but we would have to say that the best results have taken place during late Summer and early Fall.
We don't want to take anything away from this great river inside the national park. It is very diverse both inside and outside the park. We do want to encourage you to check out the fishing downstream of Gardner though. The linked website should give you all the information you need to fish it.
Be careful if you fish a nymph on the river outside the park. You may not get it back. If a large brown don't grab it, then you can pretty well count on a rocky mountain whitefish grabbing it. Maybe we are just attracted to them, but we have caught more large whitefish fishing a nymph in this river than anywhere else we have fished. We don't usually fish a nymph, and maybe that is just coincidence, but it sure seems like the river is full of huge whitefish.