.......................  ....................  ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

October 2, 2014, Fly Fishing Report
Yellowstone National Park and
Surrounding Waters

Streams Inside Yellowstone National Park:
(See streams outside the park at the bottom of the page)

This fishing report for the Yellowstone National Park isn't going to do most
anglers any good. It is a what has been happening report and not much of
a what is going to happen report. The season ends the November 2. It is
being provided mostly for the streams outside of the park near the bottom
of the page where seasons will remain open.

Firehole River:
The Firehole River is one of the best places in the park to fish now and until the
end of the season. There are plenty of Blue-winged olives, Spotted Sedges, White
Millers and Mahogany duns.

Gibbon River:
The lower section of the Gibbon River (below the falls) downstream to the meadows
will be a good place to be from now until the end of the season. Pre-spawn brown
trout will be moving into the lower Gibbons any time now, if not already. The upper
Gibbon River (above the falls) is okay, but won't last much longer.

Madison River:
The Madison River (in the park) is in great shape and maybe the best place to fish
for the remained of the season. Large browns are already moving out of Hebgen
Lake into the river to spawn later on in October and November and rainbows will
follow them. There's plenty of Blue-winged olives, Spotted Sedges, White Millers
and Mahogany duns. Streamers that imitate sculpin will take the migrating browns
and rainbows. The fish move upstream mostly at night and hold in the deeper pools
and runs during the daytime.

Gallatin River:
The Gallatin is nearing its end. It is one of the first streams to get cold and at this
time of the season, quite frankly, you can find much better water to fish. Don't get
me wrong, you can still catch trout in the Gallatin but why go to the extra effort.

Gardner River
The Gardner River is in good shape. Browns will move out of the Yellowstone River
into the Gardner to spawn. You will still find some Pale Evening Duns, October
Caddis, Spotted Sedges and a few other insects hatching but streamers may be
your best bet from now to the end of the season. Terrestrials will also work for a
few more days.

Yellowstone River (Canyon Section):
The water is in pretty good shape. The lack of rain has help keep it clear. You will
still be able to catch trout until the end of the season, provided it stays clear.

Yellowstone River (Black Canyon):
Spotted Sedges, Green Sedges, Pale Evening Duns, and a few other insects will
be there for a few more days. October Caddis may be the best bet. . In another two
or three weeks, you could begin to see some October Caddis.

Yellowstone River Above Yellowstone Lake and below the Lake to the
Yellowstone Falls.
This section of the river is about done for the season. There may be a few more
days you can catch some trout but there is much better water in the park to fish.

Lamar River:
The Lamar River is pretty well beat to death on the lower end where the road
follows along nearby. It has remained in good shape for most of the month of
September. Spotted Sedges, Little Yellow Stoneflies, and a fall hatch of March
Browns will be around for a few more days. Ants and beetles are always worth

Soda Butte Creek:
The creek should still be in good shape with some fish still being caught, but those
in the meadows will be more difficult to catch than they have been. The upper
section above Ice Box Canyon will still be in good shape but the cutts will average a
smaller size. You can fish Soda Butte far upstream of the Ice Box canyon. The
higher you go, the better the fishing. It won't last much longer. It will be getting cold
very soon.

Slough Creek:
The creek will still be in good shape but it has seen a lot of pressure during the
past two months. There are better places to fish to catch numbers. It is still a good
choice for large trout but won't last long.

Lewis River:
The upper Lewis River is in good shape and a good time to fish. Few anglers go to
the trouble to hike up to the Lewis. Large browns will be moving out of the lake into
the Lewis channel and it will be a hot spot for the remained of the season.

Snake River:
The Snake will see some large browns moving up to spawn from the lake but quite
frankly, the Lewis channel would be my preference. It does have the advantage of
fewer anglers.

Bechler River:
The Bechler River of the Cascade Corner of the park will soon be done for the
year. Right now it is still in good shape but that may end any day.

Fall River:
Like the Bechler, the Fall River of the Cascade Corner of the park is in good shape
but again, that won't last long.

Streams Outside Yellowstone National Park:
Madison River (from Hebgen Lake to Ennis):
Weekly Updated Fishing Report

Yellowstone River (Outside the Park)
Weekly Updated Fishing Report

Gallatin River (Outside the Park)
Weekly Updated Fishing Report

Henry's Fork Snake River Idaho:
Weekly Updated Fishing Report
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