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

04/16/11

Planning A Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trip - The Best Time To Fish
The Park

The most frequent question we're asked about fishing Yellowstone National Park
is "when is the best time to go." The answer depends on many things. One of
the big factors is determined by the weather and the stream conditions, etc., In
other words, the things man has no control over. Others things depend on
personal factors, such as the distance one is traveling to visit, the time one has
to visit, and other personal factors. It also depends on whether you intend to fish
inside the park, or on streams in the Yellowstone area.

The fishing season for the park begins the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend
(usually the last weekend in May) and extends through and includes the first
Sunday in November. This year Memorial Day is the 30th of May.

June can be great, or a disaster. Not all the streams in the park will be open.
Spring runoff can be a factor with some streams. There's little security when it
comes to fishing Yellowstone Country in June.

July usually turns everything around, weather wise, but it is also the most
popular time for tourist to visit. It's also the most popular time for anglers to visit
the park and nearby waters. It can be crowded.

August can be on the warm side. Your odds of success can be somewhat less
on some streams but on the other hand, many of the streams in the higher
elevations are just coming into play. There are fewer anglers present during
August. You will also find less visitors but only to a small extent.

September is a transitional month. It can be hot of cold, so to speak. Fishing the
first part of the month can be entirely different from fishing during the last part of
the month. There will be fewer visitors and anglers. Fishing will vary, depending
on the part of the month and area of the park. It's not a bad choice, especially if
you don't like crowds.

October fishing can be great, but the weather again can play a big factor. The
locals consider it one of the best times to fish the park. You may be fishing in a
snow storm. No, I probably didn't answer the question.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh