Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
...........................  ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
When to Come and What To Expect:

Fly Fishing: Yellowstone National Park - July - Straight Creek, Blacktail
Deer, Lava and others

The month of July begins some small stream brook trout fishing in several of the small
streams in the Northwestern Section of the Park. In the plateau area above the Seven
Mile Canyon section of the Gardner River, there are several small brook trout streams
that will clear and become fishable, usually by the first of July. Straight Creek, Obsidian
Creek, Indian Creek, Panther Creek and the Gardner River itself in that same area, all
provide good brook trout fishing. The trout are all small, ranging from 5 to 10 inches
but provide plenty of action for those who want to take an hour or two to catch them.
They are also great little streams for teaching the youngsters to fly fish.

In addition to those, Lava Creek, another tributary of the Gardner River, also clears
and become fishable about the same time. It is easily reached from the bridge that
passes over the creek on the Tower-Mammoth Road not far from Mammoth. Above the
falls, this little stream has a good population of brook trout that are fairly easy to catch.

If you continue on the same road towards Tower, the Grand Loop Road will pass over
another fine brook trout stream - Blacktail Deer Creek. We think it is the finest brook
trout stream in Yellowstone National Park. It is more rugged and difficult to fish but it
contains a very good population of brook trout.

All of these stream will become fishable around the first of July. The exact time
depends on the year's snowpack and exactly when the Spring Runoff ends. These
small brook trout can be caught on a number of different small attractor flies or
imitations of the natural insects that are in the stream.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh