....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: Hot Creek, California Like Yellowstone's Firehole River, Hot Creek is a very strange stream thanks to its hot springs that flow into what is classified as a spring creek. This stream has the highest population of trout I know of. As many as 8000 to 10,000 trout per have been recorded in this rather small stream. The water chemistry is perfect for a huge number of aquatic insects that the trout feed on.
One great thing about Hot Creek is the way it is managed. It is barbless hooks and catch and release only. The fish aren't exactly pushovers even at that high population. Like most any other spring creek, Hot Creek has to be fished correctly or you would be wasting your time. On the other hand, it is very possible to catch a large number of trout from the stream when good presentations are made with the right imitations.
There's a fish hatchery at its upper end but the stream itself is not stocked. All of the trout are wild. Mammoth Creek flows into Hot Creek just below the hatchery. Check out California's Hot Creek.