Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
|........................... ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
When to Come and What To Expect:
Fly Fishing: Yellowstone National Park - Yellowstone River -
Yellowstone Grand Canyon
Most of the cutthroat trout in the Yellowstone River in the canyon section will never
see a fly. Most of the river isn't fishable. I am not sure fishable is a word, but you get
what I mean. The canyon walls are impossible to navigate and drift boats aren't
allowed, even if it were possible to use them. This section covers from the falls down to
the Northeast Entrance Road Bridge just above the confluence of the Lamar River at
the head of the Black Canyon. It is only possible to fish it in a few places and that takes
some effort to do. The river is usually full of twelve to fifteen inch cutthroats with some
running much larger.
The first access below the falls is the seven mile hole. That takes about a five mile hike
but up and down 1300 feet of change in elevation. You can fish it from the Northeast
Entrance Road Bridge area but then only a section can be fished. The entire middle
part of the fifteen mile long canyon cannot be fished because of the steep canyon
walls. There are a few tributaries that hold fish, but they are much smaller in size. They
are very much worth fishing though. Broad Creek, Agate Creek and Tower Creek each
have trout. Broad Creek has the best fishing but also requires an extremely long hike.
You can fish about three miles of the East bank from the Sulphur Beds Trail.
If you are willing to go to the trouble, or if you want to stay in one of the remote
campsites on the river, you can catch plenty of cutthroat trout during the month of
August. It is an excellent time to fish the river. Tower Creek only has cutthroat of any
size in its very short distance below the Tower Falls to the Yellowstone River. Its upper
part hold lots of small brook trout that are easy to catch. It is also easy to access in its
Either of the areas on the main river I mention above should provide plenty of action
during the month of August, with the best probably being the first part of the month. but
you can catch trout all month.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh