|....................... .................... ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
New KISS Bug Series - Part 1
Before you can catch trout in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas, you must have some
"Yellowstone trout flies", right? Wrong, there really isn't such a thing as a Yellowstone trout fly. Trout
flies should imitate the looks and behavior of the food trout eat. The food the trout eat in the streams and
lakes of Yellowstone National Park and the nearby lakes and streams consist of the same items of aquatic
and terrestrial insects, crustaceans, minnows, sculpins and baitfish that exist in many other trout streams in
the Rocky Mountains and other parts of the Western United States. Some of the items of food exist in trout
streams throughout the nation as well as Canada. There isn't anything unique about the food trout
eat in Yellowstone Country and there shouldn't be anything unique about the flies you use to imitate
that food. Although many local fly shops want to boast about Yellowstone Trout flies, indicating there is
something special or unique about them, there actually isn't.
Now that I have covered that often misunderstood point about the bugs and the flies, let me introduce a
new series that I'm calling the "Keep It Simple Stupid" or KISS Bug Series. The more you know about
the food the trout rely on to survive, the better you should be able to imitate that food. You can rely strictly
on pure luck in being able to catch trout in Yellowstone country, or you can rely on your skills and
knowledge about the trout that live there and the food they eat to survive on.
While many anglers consider this a complicated process, it really isn't. The thing that makes it more difficult
than it should be are the common names of the aquatic insects. This is especially true for eastern anglers.
Many of the common names of the insects are the same as those used for eastern species of insects which
in many cases are completely different insects. Even worse is the fact that the names of flies sold in the fly
shops for the most part don't relate to the names of the foods they are designed to imitate. This makes it
even more complicated.
The best way to learn the insects is to identify them by their scientific names. Now don't click you mouse
and leave the website. This isn't a big deal at all. You don't need to be able to pronounce the names, which
are in Latin. You just need to be able to recognize them by their scientific names in addition to their
common names. This fact spooks many anglers away from attempting to learn to identify insects and
consequently, from being able to imitate their appearance and behavior. It is actually much easier than
you probably think it is. The two things required are a desire to learn them and a little effort. A twelve
year old kid should be able to learn to identify and become familiar with the habitat and behavior of the
most important insects in Yellowstone Country in a very short time. It should only take a few hours even if
you are not presently able to distinguish a stonefly from a mayfly.
It will take about three to five short articles about each of the most important insects to convey all the
information you need to know about them. The Yellowstone National Park fishing season gets started on
May 26th. When the season first starts, rivers like the Firehole River, one of the first ones to become warm
enough to fish, are usually producing hatches of several species of aquatic insects. Many of the
surrounding lakes and rivers are open to fishing prior to that date. In order for us to cover the insects
ahead of the time you may be planning a trip there, we will start the series tomorrow. I hope you will follow
along with us.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh