|....................... .................... ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Help Planning Your 2014 Fly Fishing
Trip To Yellowstone National Park
A series of articles to help those planning a fly fishing trip to
Yellowstone National Park.
Part 10 - The 2014 Fishing Season - What To Expect
In this article, I will continue describe the conditions I expect for the
various streams in the park this coming season. The last article included
the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon rivers, so make sure you read it.
There is a very good snow pack this year and the melting of it, or the
runoff, generally determines when the various streams become fishable.
Plenty of snow usually means there will be plenty of water and good
The lower section of the Gardner River is usually ready to fish by about
the middle to the third week of June. The upper section can be as late as
the first week in July. This week could be a week to ten days late.
Madison River Outside the Park:
Hebgen Dam controls the flows and it will probably be the end of June
before the discharges are suitable. Usually, you can count on July 1.
The Gallatin is usually in good shape by the first of July but this can vary
a week either way. It the runoff is late, it could be the end of the first week.
Yellowstone River (Canyon Section):
Water from Yellowstone Lake usually keeps the river fairly clear down to
the Lamar River confluence. My best guess would be July first this year.
I'm basing that on the big snow pack.
Yellowstone River (Black Canyon):
Normally by July the first, the river is getting into good shape but expect it
to be a week or two later this year due to the heavy snow pack and water
coming from the Lamar which drains a very high range of mountains.
Normally you would look for Slough creek to be ready around the first of
July. I wouldn't count on it this year. It could be a week or two late clearing
Soda Butte Creek:
Normally, it is ready by the first of July but again, I think this year it will be
a week or so late.
This is the last stream in the park to clear and could be in bad shape until
the middle of July. Heavy July thunderstorms can foul it up even after the
middle of July.