|....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Fly Fishing In The Park Is Going Great
In recent days, fly fishing opportunities have increased with big improvements in
the stream levels and weather conditions. Anytime now and for the next couple
of months should be a great time to be at Yellowstone.
The Gallatin River has started to produce some good numbers of trout. Many
anglers wait until the afternoon when the water temperature increases but we
don't think that's necessary at all. There have been many days we've caught
lots of trout way before the crowds begin to show up. The insects are hatching
and the fish are eating them.
The Madison River is border-lining being too warm on up in the day. It's fine in
the mornings. Fish are feeding on huge Trico hatches and in the afternoons on
caddis. You may try the river just before dark but we suggest you leave it alone
during the afternoons.
Only the very uppermost part of the Firehole is cool enough to fish. There's
plenty of small trout to be caught in some of the tributaries, such as Nez Perce
The Gibbon River is fishing well in the fast water sections. The meadows may
produce in the late afternoons and early mornings.
The Gardner River is fishing great right now. Both the upper part above the falls
and the lower sections are producing. There's still some stoneflies, mostly
Goldens, and some Little Yellow Stoneflies along with some PMDs and lots of
caddis - mostly Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges.
Upper Yellowstone River (Falls To Lake):
The Upper Yellowstone River is still high but a few larger cutthroats are being
caught if your willing to seek out the right areas of water.
Middle Yellowstone (Canyon):
The canyon section of the Yellowstone River is high but clear and fishing well.
There are plenty of stoneflies, mostly Goldens with some Salmonflies still around.
Black Canyon of the Yellowstone (Slough Creek to Gardiner)
The Black Canyon section of the Yellowstone River is fishing okay. The
Salmonfly hatch is over but there's still a few Goldens and some Little Yellow
The Lamar River is fishing great but there are plenty of anglers that know it. It
can get crowded in the lower section. Some Gray Drakes remain with Flavs
(Small Western Green Drakes) just starting to hatch.
Soda Butte Creek:
Soda Butte Creek is just beginning to produce well but there are plenty of
competition among anglers. It is a little high and cold but getting into great
Slough Creek is in good shape and fishing well. The cutthroats can get picky so
we suggest good imitations of the naturals. There are some Gray and Green
Drakes still hatching. Terrestrial insects come into play soon.
The Snake River inside the park is still a little high and cold but beginning to get
into good shape. We suggest holding off another week or two.
The Lewis River is in good shape and fishing fine. There's hatches of PMDs and
plenty of caddis in the upper, slower water areas. The canyon section is in good
shape and has plenty of smaller trout that are not very selective if your willing to
go to the trouble to hike down to its water.
Fall and Bechler Rivers:
I haven't talked to anyone who has fished the Cascade Corner of the park but
according to the USGS stream levels it appears to be getting into good shape
fast. Look for it to be a prime location in the near future.