.......................  ....................  ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
07/19/13

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report
As with the previous report, thunderstorms and associated rainfall clouded up some of
the streams in the park but they all have cleared. The outlook for the weather is great.
The National Weather Service is showing little chance of rain for the next few days.

The Firehole River is too warm except for the headwaters. The Madison and lower
Gibbons are both peaking at marginal water temperatures. The uppermost headwater
sections of the Gibbon are still okay.

The Gallatin River has been producing good catches from its headwaters to the lower
section and beyond. There's still some Golden Stoneflies, plenty of Little Yellow
Stoneflies , Pale Morning Dun mayflies and plenty of Spotted Sedges.

The Gardner River is still in good shape with plenty of Golden stoneflies and Little
Yellow Stoneflies. You will also find some Yellow Quills and Pale Evening duns. There
are plenty of Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges. Fish late in the day for the best
caddisfly action. Hoppers are in full force on the lower sections along with plenty of ants
and beetles. Terrestrials are best fished along the banks bordering the stream near the
North Entrance with high grass banks. The uppermost headwaters are also fishing good.

The Yellowstone Grand and Black Canyons have been the hot. The Salmonflies are
done but there are Little Yellow and Golden Stoneflies remaining. The upper section of
the Yellowstone River is open and providing the usual success - limited with only a few
cutts being caught. Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies are plentiful and Little Yellows
Starting to hatch. Spotted and Green sedges are plentiful. Hoppers are also working.

Slough Creek, the Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek have been hot. The Lamar River
has been affected some with upstream thunderstorms. Golden and Little Yellow
stoneflies are in some sections of the Lamar and Soda Butte. The Green Drakes
hatches are winding down but you should find a few Small Western Green Drake
hatches replacing them. PMDs continue to hatch in many areas of the streams. Pale
Evening Duns can be found hatching in some sections along with Yellow Quills.
Caddisflies, mostly Spotted Sedges, are very plentiful.  

Both the Snake and Lewis Rivers are producing. One group of our customers reported
some good results hiking up the Snake near the South Entrance. Your better off fishing
the section of the Lewis above the upper falls or the canyon below the high falls.

All the small brook trout streams are fishing well. This includes those near the
headwaters of the Gibbons and Gardner, Lava Creek, Blacktail Deer Creek, Tower
Creek and others. One of our customers reported good catches from the often
overlooked Middle River just inside the East Entrance.

We don't have any reports for the Cascade Corner.

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