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

09/28/10

Yellowstone Trip Planning - Middle Yellowstone River - September
What we call the Middle Yellowstone River in the park is the section from the
Falls downstream to the Black Canyon. Many people call this the canyon section
and some the Grand Canyon Section.  This section is about fifteen miles long.
Below the lower falls, the river is closed to fishing for safety reasons.

As you may guess, the problem with fishing this section of the Yellowstone River
is getting to the water. Getting to the water in most places and back in a day trip
is a major problem. Once you are there, catching the cutthroat trout isn't not
difficult. The fish in the canyon see few flies. The Seven Mile hole is one location
you can get to the water but it's about 1300 feet down and requires a five mile
hike.

The middle of the canyon cannot be fished due to the steep canyon walls. The
lower part of the Grand Canyon section can be accessed from the bridge where
the Northeast Entrance road crosses the Yellowstone River about a half mile
from Tower Junction. You can only fish a short section up or down on either side
of the river. During the month of September the water is usually low and it's
about as easy as it is going to get to fish. Its mostly pocket water.

Broad Creek, a tributary that enters the canyon at about its mid point, is another
option. You can get there on the Wapiti Lake Trail just above the Chittenden
Bridge but it's a fourteen mile hike to the river. This certainly requires overnight
trips.  

Agate Creek is another tributary that can be accessed but it requires about a six
mile hike and only about a mile of the Yellowstone River can be fished when you
get there.

The Sulphur Beds Trail allows you the opportunity to fish almost three miles of
the East bank of the Yellowstone River. It can be accessed by hiking just over a
mile on the Specimen Trail and then down an unimproved trail to the river. You
can fish about two miles of the Yellowstone River from that point.

Tower Creek is another option but when you get below the falls at the river, you
only have a short section about a hundred yards long to fish. It can be accessed
from the Tower falls Overlook Trail.  

You can also fish some of the river at the bridge at the Grand Loop Road at the
end of the Grand Canyon section or beginning of the Black Canyon Section.

The bottom line to fishing the canyon section of the Yellowstone River in
September (and any other month) is that if you are willing to make a long hike,
you can probably catch plenty of cutthroat trout, but it will require some effort.
There are other options I would rate better than this but by the same token,
anyone of these access points usually provides a very interesting and rewarding
trip and plenty of cutthroat trout action.