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 - Black Canyon

The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River is a very unique place. It gets its name
from the dark color of the steep canyon walls. It's remote enough to keep most anglers
away but not remote enough to require a multi day trip.  There are some places that
can be accessed and fished within a days time, but it will require some hiking. The
twenty mile long river in this section is from one to four miles from the Grand Loop
Road.

The easiest place to access what is technically part of the Black Canyon section of the
Yellowstone River is at the bridge that is at the head of this section where the
Northeast Entrance road crosses the river about a half mile from Tower Junction. The
Yellowstone River Trail runs along the entire distance of the Black Canyon section. In
many places it is high above the water. The water isn't directly accessible in these
places but there are several points it is.

Normally, you probably wouldn't want to consider fishing this section until around the
middle of July. It receives the water of the Lamar River which drains a very high portion
of the park and the water can stay cold and off color prior to that. The second part of
July can be excellent, but you always need to check on the current conditions because
it varies greatly from year to year.

Most of the water is pocket water with some fast runs, large plunges and rapids, deep
pools but mostly fast water and even some cascades. The fish are mostly cutthroat
trout but there are also some cutbows and rainbows. There are some brown trout in
the lower end of the canyon above Gardner. Other than the Lamar River, there are
three main tributary streams - Hellroaring Creek, Blacktail Deer Creek and the Gardner
River.

The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River offers anglers a chance to catch the native
cutthroats in a remote area where there will be few other anglers. It doesn't require an
overnight trip, although you could very well stay as long as you would like to.