Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
|........................... ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
When to Come and What To Expect:
Fly Fishing: Yellowstone National Park - Upper Yellowstone River -
Below Yellowstone Lake
This is the most popular section of the Yellowstone River. The season opens July 15
for this section of the river, so fishing will have only been underway for two weeks at
the first of August. During the month, many of the cutthroat trout will have completed
their spawning and moved back into Yellowstone Lake but not all of them. There will
still be plenty of them around during the month.
The best area this time of the year is from Mud Volcano upstream to the LeHardy
Rapids. There should still be plenty of Golden Stoneflies around. Both Green and Gray
Drakes will be present. Flavs will be hatching for most of the month of August. Of
course, the reliable Pale Morning Duns will also be plentiful.
The other good part about fishing this area of the river is that most of the crowds have
gone. The river sees a huge number of anglers when the season first opens on the
river and then it decreases each day until the first of August. By then you can fish just
about anywhere you please, that is legal, of course. Several areas of water above the
falls all the way to the lake are of limits for fishing, so be sure to check you Yellowstone
Fishing Regulations map.
We recommend the first two weeks of August over the last two weeks of the month but
trout can be caught all month. This is not the prime area of the park during August in
most anglers mind, but you may be pleasantly surprised. We have taken some nice,
beautiful colored cutthroats during August on the upper river. I remember one Gray
Drake spinner fall that was fantastic. We caught trout every few cast for about two
During the last part of the month, you can expect to find baetis mayflies hatching.
These mayflies can produce excellent results if fished correctly.
If you take the time to carefully examine the water and fish only those fish you spot, you
can be very successful. It takes some hunting but it may well be worth it. Blind casting
usually produces far less results.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh