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Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report
The Firehole, Madison and lower Gibbon river have come back to life. The water in
the Firehole River has dropped down to a good temperature and trout are responding
appropriately. Small species of mayflies anglers call Blue-winged Olives, size 16-20, are
showing up. The best hatches come on overcast, cloudy days. You will see tons of
White Miller Caddisflies, hook size 16 and some Spotted Sedges, 14's to 16's. There
are also a few Green Sedges, size 16. Terrestrial imitations, ants, beetles and hoppers,
will continue to work until the first couple of snowfalls. Look for big browns that come all
the way from Hebgen Lake to move into the Firehole Canyon within the next couple of
weeks or maybe even sooner than that.
The Madison River has all of the above species of aquatic and terrestrial insects but
more importantly, migrating brown trout. Rainbows will follow them. Our local contacts
are reporting there have been at least one or two big browns caught in the Madison
inside the park at the highly over-rated Barns Hole. I expect this to get better as every
day passes until the end of the season. We have always done best using our Perfect
Fly Brown Sculpin. These little bottom fish must eat the eggs of spawning browns
because they will attack them as if they are trying to kill the little deer hair flies. The
White Belly Sculpin works well, especially if the water is a little dingy from heavy rains.
The lower Gibbon River should start seeing the migrating fish any day, if not already.
The lower river will have the same insects as the Madison and Firehole. You can still
catch plenty of trout above the Falls. The water in the upper meadows should begin to
produce again for those willing to fish for the slightly more difficult to catch fish.
According to our local contacts and several customers, the Gallatin River has been
producing well from its headwaters to the lower section in the park and beyond, but look
for that to slow down. Various species of Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges are still
hatching. There are Pale Evening Duns and possibly still some Yellow Quills still
hatching. Terrestrials including ants, beetles and hoppers are still working but I'm
betting it's about over for them. Look for Blue-winged Olives, hook size 16 to 20 to start
hatching if they haven't already. Quite frankly, you can find better water to fish, but it is
always difficult to beat what is one of the best small trout streams in the country.
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 rain. There should still be
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 in the upper river and the canyons.
The Northeast Corner of the park, Slough Creek, Lamar and Soda Butte Creek, are
still producing well. Look for the crowds to subside as the fish get even more difficult to
catch. They have pretty well been beat to death by flies for the last six weeks or so. We
have received some good reports from customers fishing these streams but look for the
action to slow down to a crawl. We recommend the upper sections of the Soda Butte
and Lamar River for those wanting to stick with the area. There are plenty of cutts
willing to play as far upstream as you care to fish either of these two streams. Slough
Creek has seen its share of anglers but the upper meadows is still a good bet for those
willing to put forth the effort to go there. The action will come to a halt soon.
We finally have a report from the Snake River and have set up some other anglers
heading into the back country on the river. One group of our customers caught plenty
of fish during a recent three day trip up the Snake. Still no reports from the Lewis
River but the Lewis River channel should be a hot ticket from pre-spawn browns
moving out of the lake.
All of the small brook trout streams are still continuing to produce. The brookies are
beginning to spawn and unlike what many think, will become difficult to catch. They will
feed heavily up until they move on their redds but the females will soon ignore your flies
unless they think they are eating their eggs. Fooling them isn't as easy as many think.
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 Creeks. The Middle River is always good at this time
of the season. It is probably the most overlooked fine, fly fishing opportunity in the park.
We finally have two reports from the Cascade Corner - Bechler and Fall Rivers. Both
crews fished the Bechler Meadows and one group reported excellent fishing and some
very nice catches, and one reported it a complete flop. My guess is the flop came from
anglers that don't know how to fish the smooth flowing type water found in the
meadows. We still have some customers that have planed trips into that section of the
park and they better get it done soon. The weather will change and change fast. The
Fall River always produces good during September but we don't have any reports on it.
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