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Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report
It's not Fall by any means, but the colors of the park are changing from green to brown.
You can expect some major changes in the weather throughout the park during the next
couple of weeks. The Firehole, Madison and lower Gibbons river should start coming
back to life within the next couple of weeks. Small species of Blue-winged Olives, size
18-20, should start showing up, along with tons of White Miller Caddisflies.
The Gallatin River has been producing some decent catches from its headwaters to the
lower section and beyond. Look for the surface action there to slow down and be limited
mostly to late afternoon caddisflies. Various species of Spotted Sedges and Green
Sedges are still hatching. Terrestrials including ants, beetles and hoppers are still
working for anglers. Look for some very small, hook size 18 to 20 Blue-winged Olives to
start hatching within the next week or two.
The Gardner River is slowing down some during the day, but both Spotted Sedges and
Green Sedges are still hatching. The best opportunities are very late in the afternoons
and early evenings. Hoppers and other terrestrials are still working. As with the Gallatin,
anglers should start seeing some small species of Blue-winged Olives start hatching.
There are also some Pale Evening Duns still hatching.
The Yellowstone River Grand and Black Canyons have still been producing some good
catches except during periods of off-color water due to heavy rains. There are plenty of
Pale Evening Duns hatching in the upper section of the Yellowstone below the lake.
Look for them in the riffles sections between the lake outlet and the Falls. There are still
plenty of Spotted and Green Sedges hatching and laying eggs during the late
afternoon and early evening hours.
The Northeast Corner of the park, Slough Creek, Lamar and Soda Butte Creek, is still
producing well. We have received some good reports from customers fishing these
three streams but look for the action to slow down in some areas. The cutthroat in the
lower meadow section of Soda Butte have been hit over the head with flies, leaders and
fly line enough to become a little wiser. We recommend the upper sections. There are
plenty of cutts willing to play as far upstream as you care to fish either of these three
streams. There are still some Small Western Green Drakes (Flavs) and some Pale
Evening Duns still hatching. Terrestrials should continue to work good. Adams still
Although we still don't have any recent reports from the Snake or Lewis Rivers, both of
these streams should be producing well. Look for some flying ant falls in the slow
section of the Lewis River for the next week or two. Otherwise, Spotted Sedges
imitations fished late in the afternoon would be your best bet.
All of the small brook trout streams are continuing to produce. This includes those of
the upper Gibbon River, headwaters of the Gardner River, and Straight, Fawn, Indian,
Panther, Obsidian, Winter and Glenn Creeks. Lava Creek, Blacktail Deer Creek, and
Tower Creek are still prime targets for brook trout. The Middle River is always good at
this time of the season. The upper Firehole (headwaters above Old Faithfull) and its
tributaries should also be producing plenty of opportunities.
We still don't have any reports for the Cascade Corner but look for it to be an ideal
destination within the next couple of weeks. The Bechler River, especially the meadows,
should be a prime destination. We have several customers planning trips into that
section of the park during the coming month. The Fall River always produces good
during late August and September. You won't have to worry about competition from
anglers. This section of the park sees the fewest visitors simply because it is miles from
most of the major fishing and tourist communities.
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