Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
...........................  ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

When to Come and What To Expect:

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

You may wonder why I am throwing all of these small streams into one article. It is
because they all contain mostly brook trout. There will be a few cutthroats and small
rainbows mixed in with them in some cases, depending on the stream, but the trout are
primarily brook trout. All of these have large populations of brook trout, and in fact, too
many in some cases. Too many means the trout average a smaller size than they
should.

Straight Creek is just one of several that come together in the area of the headwaters
of the Gardner River. Straight Creek, Obsidian Creek, Indian Creek, Panther Creek
and the Gardner River itself can be fished in the same area. All of them 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. These fish will be easy to
catch throughout the month of August.

In addition to those, Lava Creek, another tributary of the Gardner River, 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. August is a very good time to fish Lava Creek.

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 best 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. August is a good time to fish it.

If you are fishing in the park during August, any of the above brook trout streams would
provide lots of action.