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 - Black
Canyon
If you are willing to make a one to four mile hike, then the Black Canyon would be one
of the places you would want to consider for August. There are plenty of willing
cutthroat trout and few anglers that will be fishing for them. The Yellowstone River Trail
follows the river in the Black Canyon its entire distance of about twenty miles.

The river is mostly pocket water, with fast water runs and deep pools. It's not always
accessible from the trail. In many places the trial is high above the river but you will be
able to access it at many points along the way, depending on which trail you take.  
Although you can hike in and out to many areas of the river during the day, you may
want to consider staying overnight at one of the campsites. That will give you a lot
more time to fish and less hiking.

Much of the river is difficult to fish because of the canyon walls and difficulty in
navigating along the banks or in the stream. During August, the water is usually as low
as it gets and that helps you get around. You can fish water that is impossible to fish
during high water conditions, that is of course, provided the water is low. You can
check the river levels before departing on a long hike.

There will still be plenty of hatches occurring, especially during the first part of August.
You may find some Green and Gray Drakes, Golden Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies and
almost always, some Pale Morning Duns. Although dry fly fishing is normally very good,
you may need to fish nymphs and other subsurfaces flies such as streamers to catch
fish all day long. Normally, there will be little problem in catching trout. Most of the
problem will be to do with access to the water and just getting around in general.

The three tributary streams, the Blacktail Deer Creek, the Gardner River and
Hellroaring Creek are also very good places to fish during August.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh