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 - Gardner River
You don't want to overlook the Gardner River in August, particularly the early part of
the month. The fishing can be good until near the end of August when it will slow down
some in the lower sections, as a general rule. The headwaters above the Grand Loop
Road may continue to be good but that consist mostly of small brook trout.
If you are staying near the North Entrance to the park, you may want to stop and fish
the river very late in the day or very early in the morning anytime during August. It is
very easy to access since the North Entrance Road follows along closely for most of
the way. It can also be accessed from the high bridge that leads to the East not far
from the Park headquarters.
Terrestrial will normally work great in the lower meadow sections. The water isn't
normal meadow water - it is fast water, but there is lots of weeds and tall grass lining
the stream in some areas. The grass is loaded with beetles, ants and hoppers and
imitations of them normally work great.
As with most other streams in the park, the fishing in Gardner River is strictly
dependant on the amount of snow from the previous season and amount of rainfall for
the year. It can become low and warm during the later part of August, so it is a good
idea to check with the local fly shops before you travel there to fish it.
The lower part of this river can be deceptive. We have stopped and fished it in August
without seeing another angler and caught lots of trout. It just looks to accessible and
most people pass right by it thinking it couldn't have decent fishing that close in and
that convenient. We have also caught a few good trout at the very end of August that
we think moved up into the river from the Yellowstone River.
The bottom line is, this is another stream we wouldn't suggest you go out of the way to
fish during August, but may be worth a stop if you are in the area.