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 - Middle (Creek) River

The Middle River, or Middle Creek whichever name you prefer, is one of the least
fished streams in the park that is easily accessed. It flows out of the park near the East
Entrance. The Middle River starts on the Absaroka Range and flows northeast for
about six miles inside the park before joining the North Fork of the Shoshone River. It is
accessible from the East Entrance Road just as you enter the park.

This stream usually clears up in late June. Although it is fishable during late June, the
month of July is usually the best month to fish Middle River. It is a small, fast pocket
water stream with plenty of small cutthroat trout that are fun to catch. There are also
plenty of brook trout in its lower section. The farther up the creek you travel, the
steeper the gradient becomes. The lower section, where the stream departs the park,
is a series of riffles, runs and small pools.

The biggest advantage you have in fishing this stream is the fact you will probably
have it to yourself. One reason is that everyone that enters the East Entrance during
July, heads for the Yellowstone River. Another reason is the fact the area is known for
its grizzly bears. I doubt there are any more there than most anywhere else in the park,
but you may want to take along some bear spray.

This little stream has plenty of aquatic insects in it. You should find the PMDs hatching
all month. It also has lots of stoneflies, mostly Little Yellow Stoneflies or Yellow Sallies.
The cutthroat and brookies are not very selective, so you can use attractor flies and do
well.

If catching lots of trout, up to 18 inches but most likely 6 to 12, in a beautiful
Yellowstone fast water stream, in a secluded section that is easily accessed is your
thing, then this would be an excellent choice anytime during the month of July. It isn't a
prime destination but it is certainly worth a day of your time.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh