.......................  ....................  ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
June 28, 2016

Yellowstone Country & Surrounding Waters
Fishing Report:

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

Firehole River:
Forget the Firehole River until later on in the year. It is already too warm.

Gibbon River:
The lower section of the Gibbon River (below the falls) has gotten too warm to fish.
The upper Gibbon River, above the falls, can be fished but the meadow water is
approaching being too warm. It may have another week or two of good opportunity
left.. Check the water temperature and if it is over 67 degrees at the warmest time
of the day, don't fish it. The meadow sections that lie above the Norris Geyser
Basin will be cooler and can be fished all the way to the lake.

Madison River:
As it normally does about this time each year, the Madison River (in the park), is
getting too warm to fish. It can be fished very early in the mornings or late in the
afternoons near dark with some chance of success, but again, watch the water
temperature and don't fish if the water temperature exceeds about 67 degrees.

Gallatin River:
The Gallatin River  has finally cleared up except where some small tributaries enter
the river. For the most part, fishing good throughout its length in the park. It is a top
choice destination on the western side of the park. There are lots aquatic insects
starting to hatch on the Gallatin.

Yellowstone River (Canyon Sections):
Water from Yellowstone Lake usually keeps the river fairly clear down to the Lamar
River confluence. Below the Lamar confluence, it will vary with the clarity of the
Lamar which should remain clear except when the high elevations of its headwaters
gets a lot of rain. Right now, the canyon below Yellowstone Falls through the Black
Canyon to Gardiner is getting into decent shape. Within another week or two at the
most, it will be one of your best bets to fish but takes a little extra effort to access its
waters. .

Gardner River (Above Osprey Falls):
The headwaters of the Gardner River is getting into good shape with lots of smaller
size rainbows and brook trout eager to take a dry fly. Another week or two and it will
be prime for the smaller size trout.

Gardner River (Below Osprey Falls to Gardiner):
The River is still in good shape with lots of hatches including Salmonflies and
Golden stoneflies. There are starting to be some Little Yellow stoneflies hatching
along with Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges.

Yellowstone River Above Yellowstone Lake and below the Lake to the
Yellowstone Falls.
Closed until July 15th but you should fish it when it does open.. It isn't what it used
to be but should offer up some fine, size cutthroats.

Slough Creek:
Slough Creek has gotten into good condition producing lots of trout for our
customers. Gray Drakes, Brown Drakes, Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges, Little
Yellow Stones in the fast water sections, hoppers, ants and beetles are some of the
most important insects to match. I would wait another week or two on the terrestrials.

Soda Butte Creek:
Soda Butte Creek is just beginning to clear up and get into good shape. Give it a
another week or two at the most.  The meadows should start producing well and
the upper sections are always good and not fished very much. The upper sections
are often overlooked but far less crowded and with lots of eager but  smaller
cutthroat trout.

Lamar River:
The Lamar River is currently stained back up but rapidly clearing. It should start  
producing some good catches within the next week or two and should continue for
the next two to three months. Heavy rain in the headwaters can always mess it up
for a day or two, but it usually clears pretty fast.

Lewis River:
The River is clear and in good shape. You will have less competition fishing it but
should have some good results. The section below the falls (Lewis Canyon) will be
a little later clearing but is about ready now. You will probably have it to fish by

Snake River:
The Snake River is still clearing up and just getting ready to fish. Yellow Quills,
Golden  Stoneflies, Little Yellow Sallies, PMDs and Spotted Sedges will be hatching
within the next week or two.

Bechler River:
The Bechler River of the Cascade Corner of the park is just coming into shape. It is
less fished than many streams in the park but has some very nice size trout. It
takes a little effort to reach but is one of the most overlooked streams in the park. It
should remain in good shape from the middle of July on for the next couple of
months. The meadow area has lots of Pale Morning Duns, and Spotted Sedges.
There are also some Gray Drakes, Green Drakes and Brown Drakes that hatch in
the river.

Fall River:
The Fall River of the Cascade Corner of the park is always late clearing but reports
are, it has cleared early this year. It is very much under fished due its remoteness.
Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Yellow Quills, Spotted Sedges and Green
Sedges are the main insects hatching right now.

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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