.......................  ....................  ...Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
August 18, 2016

Yellowstone National Park & Surrounding
Waters Fishing Report:
The weather is always warm in August but so far, there have been no stream
closings in the National Park and for the most part, anglers are continuing to have
good success. As usual a this time of the season, the Northeastern Corner of the
park is in good shape. The Southeastern and South western sections are for the
most park, also in good shape. The Madison valley watershed, Firehole, lower
Gibbons and Madison are too warm to fish, but will be getting in much better shape
as the weather cools soon.

There are three fires on the west side of the park - the Fawn fire, Buffalo Fire and
Boundry Fire. These are fairly near West Yellowstone. They are making it smoky
and with some ash falling in West Yellowstone. Hopefully, wind shifts will change
this soon.

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

Firehole River:
The Firehole River is too warm anywhere below Old Faithful. You can fish the
headwaters above Old Faithful and some of the small tributaries. This will change
in the near future.

Gibbon River:
The lower section of the Gibbon River (below the falls) is still too warm to fish. The
upper Gibbon River, above the falls, is also currently too warm but may come back
into good shape soon. Check the water temperature and if it is over 67 degrees at
the warmest time of the day, don't fish it. The uppermost meadow sections that lie
above the Norris Geyser Basin will be cooler and can be fished all the way to the

Madison River:
The Madison River (in the park), is too warm to fish. We recommend not fishing it
when the water temperature exceeds 67 degrees. Not only can you stress the trout
during the fight, they become a little lethargic, and not so easy to catch in the warm
water temperatures due to low oxygen content.

Gallatin River:
The Gallatin River is low in the middle and upper sections. There are some deeper
pools on the lowest section of the park, but there are many better destinations to
fish at this time.

Yellowstone River (Canyon Sections):
The Yellowstone Canyon, below Yellowstone Falls throughout the Black Canyon to
Gardiner is in good shape. Most sections take a little extra effort to access but for
the most part, it is well worth it. Overnight camping in the remote sites will give you
the best opportunity but you can reach much of it on day trips.

Gardner River (Above Osprey Falls):
The headwaters of the Gardner River is in good shape with lots of smaller size
rainbows and brook trout eager to take a dry fly.

Gardner River (Below Osprey Falls to Gardiner):
The River is still in decent shape with some hatches. There are still some Little
Yellow stoneflies hatching along with Small Western Green drakes (FLAVS),
Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges. Terrestrials are also working good.

Yellowstone River Above Yellowstone Lake and below the Lake to the
Yellowstone Falls.
It is a good choice for those who want to explore the upper remote sections above
the lake but overnight remote site camping is required to take advantage of it. You
should be able to catch a lot of cutthroat trout.

Slough Creek:
Slough Creek is still in good condition producing lots of trout for our customers.
Gray Drakes, Small Western Green drakes (Flavs), Spotted Sedges (caddis) and
Green Sedges, Little Yellow Stoneflies in the fast water sections, hoppers, ants and
beetles are some of the most important insects to imitate.

Soda Butte Creek:
The lower and middle sections of Soda Butte Creek are still producing well. The
trout have seen a few flies and people casting them the last month, so they are not
pushovers. Stay hidden and you still have a good chance of catching them.

Lamar River:
The Lamar River is currently producing some good catches  This should continue
for the next month. Heavy rain in the headwaters can always mess it up for a day or
two, but it usually clears pretty fast. This is a good destination choice.

Lewis River:
The River is in good shape. You will have less competition fishing. The section
below the falls (Lewis Canyon) is a good choice but takes some tough hiking to get
to the best water. You will probably have it to fish by yourself.

Snake River:
The Snake River is in good shape..The smooth sections of water are not so easy
to fish. You have to stay hidden and make good presentations but you can catch
some good fish. The middle and upper fast water sections requires some hiking but
will pay off well for those who make some effort or camp at one of the remote sites.

Bechler River:
The Bechler River of the Cascade Corner of the park is in good 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 through most of next month

Fall River:
The Fall River of the Cascade Corner of the park is always late getting into good
shape but it there now. It is very much under fished due its remoteness. It can be a
good choice for those who want more adventure and solitude..

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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