.......................  ....................  ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Country Fishing Report and
Surrounding Waters:

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

Firehole River:
For the last several years, the Firehole River has been the best place to be fishing
in the park since the opening day. The flows have been high at times, but clear
enough to fish. Those that know how to fish the river well have been doing good.
There are a lot of aquatic insects to worry about including Short-horned Sedges,
White Millers and some Spotted Sedges. Green Sedges are likely to show any day
now. The Pale Morning duns are a little slow getting started everywhere in the river
but the old faithful Blue-winged Olives have been available for the trout to eat since
opening day. It won't be long before the big Salmonflies start hatching in the
canyon section of the Firehole. They are followed very shortly by the Golden

Gibbon River:
The lower section of the Gibbon River (below the falls) is in decent shapet. A few
trout have been caught there already. Near the Junction, you can expect many of
the same insects to appear as on the Firehole - Blue-winged Olives, White Millers,
Short-horned Sedges and Spotted Sedges. The upper Gibbon River, above the
falls, should come into shape within atow to three weeks. The meadows and areas
in and above the Norris Geyser Basin will probably be at least a month.

Madison River:
The Madison River (in the park), is coming into shape fast. It still has plenty of color
and it is still a little high but anglers have begin to pick up a few fish. You can
expect the same aquatic insects to be available for the trout as mentioned above
for the Firehole. Salmonflies, and not long afterwards, Golden Stoneflies, will begin
to hatch. White Millers, Short-horned Caddis, and Spotted sedges are there now.
Blue-winged olive have been hatching but the water hasn't been in good enough
shape to fish until very recently. Look for the Madison to be a good place to be
within the next week or two.

Gallatin River:
So far, there have been few to no opportunities thanks to some heavy rains. The
Gallatin is usually in good shape by the first of July. It is a cold river and with a
good snow pack this year, so in the long run, that's a very good thing. We will keep
you updated.

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. We will keep you updated.

Gardner River (Above Osprey Falls):
Our best guess is that it will be about the end of the first week of July before this
section of the Gardner gets into good shape.

Gardner River (Below Osprey Falls to Gardiner):
The River is still high and dirty from runoff and will probably be that way until at
least the second or third week of June, maybe later.

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. We will keep you updated.

Yellowstone River Above Yellowstone Lake and below he Lake to the
Yellowstone Falls.
Closed until July 15th

Slough Creek:
Normally you would look for Slough creek to be ready around the first of July but
that is always subject to change, depending on the weather and melting snow pack..

Soda Butte Creek:
Normally, it is ready to fish by the first of July.

Lamar River:
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.

Lewis River:
The River clear up early below Lewis Lake and our best guess would be the
second week of June before it is clear and in good shape. The section below the
falls (Lewis Canyon) will be a little later than that.

Snake River:
My best guess is it will be at least the middle of July before the Snake River is
fishable inside the park.

Bechler River:
The Bechler River of the Cascade Corner of the park is always late clearing. My
best guess in the middle to the third week of July.

Fall River:
The Fall River of the Cascade Corner of the park is always late clearing.  My best
guess is it will be the middle to the third week of July before it is suitable to fish.

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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