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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is really starting to spread out now.  Pretty much most waters that anglers traditionally come to the Park to fish are good. 
So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things slowing down in the NW Park area.  However, the NE corner is coming on quickly and things are starting to fish very well.  The Firehole has been seeing water temps spiking upwards with the hot dry weather we are experiencing.  Time to look elsewhere.  In the area though, the Little Firehole is running quite cool.  It doesn't get the thermal influence and fish will migrate to this creek and other tribs that remain cool.  Hence the Madison in the Park is getting too warm as well.  On the other hand, Soda Butte has been picking up and fishing quite well.n  As is Slough Creek.  Flows are still up a bit, but definitely good.  The Lamar is very close to coming on, flows here need to drop just a bit more to be good.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is really starting to spread out now.  Pretty much most waters that anglers traditionally come to the Park to fish are good. 
So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things slowing down in the NW Park area.  However, the NE corner is coming on quickly and things are starting to fish very well.  The Firehole has been seeing water temps spiking upwards with the hot dry weather we are experiencing.  Time to look elsewhere.  In the area though, the Little Firehole is running quite cool.  It doesn't get the thermal influence and fish will migrate to this creek and other tribs that remain cool.  Hence the Madison in the Park is getting too warm as well.  On the other hand, Soda Butte has been picking up and fishing quite well.n  As is Slough Creek.  Flows are still up a bit, but definitely good.  The Lamar is very close to coming on, flows here need to drop just a bit more to be good.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent water conditions as well as weather in the Park lend itself to one of the HOT choices for fly-flinging in the region right now.  Not everything is "go forth and conquer" as there are sections in the Park that are still very much in full runoff mode.  But, there what is in shape has it in spades.

Firehole River:  Still a good choice although getting warm. 
Gibbon River, river wide.  Meadows are sweet
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone:Not Bad, but warming
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Give the Lamar a week to slow down.  Slough has to be close.  Word is though that Soda Butte has started!


So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things swinging in the NW Park area.  The NE corner is coming on quickly and things could get really interesting quite soon!

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....Hey, cows not condos!

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent water conditions as well as weather in the Park lend itself to one of the HOT choices for fly-flinging in the region right now.  Not everything is "go forth and conquer" as there are sections in the Park that are still very much in full runoff mode.  But, there what is in shape has it in spades.

Firehole River:  Yep!  Quite good. 
Gibbon River, especiall below the Falls: ditto
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone: how'd you guess?
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Mmmm, maybe not so much.

Get the idea?  Northwest side of the Park= the goods.  Northeast corner, southern side- better wait just a few more weeks.

So, what's going on?  Salmonflies are actually done on the Firehole/Maddy. PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things swinging in this NW Park area.  That and some good baetis (Blue Wing Olives)  Although from what we've encountered, the fish seem to be kind of skipping the little olive mayflies for the fat juicy yellow ones (PMDs).  Which is fine.  We like bigger yellow easy to see mayflies that sit on the water's surface for a looooonng time drying their wings before flying off anyway.

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....Hey, cows not condos!

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park waters are in most cases for this time in June quite good.  That's not to say, fish it anywhere willy-nilly.  No, there's still a number of areas in the Park that are less than perfect.  However, the prime areas that one would suspect are good at this time of year, definitely ARE!

Firehole River:  Yep!  Quite good. 
Gibbon River, especiall below the Falls: ditto
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone: how'd you guess?
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Mmmm, maybe not so much.

Get the idea?  Northwest side of the Park= the goods.  Northeast corner, southern side- better wait just a few more weeks.

So, what's going on?  Salmonflies are actually about done on the Firehole/Maddy if you can believe that.  Sure, you can still find a few in the Firehole Canyon, but for the most part, they're kind of wrapped up.  Not something that's a WOW type extravaganza here, the Sammies are still a good hatch.  No, it's really the PMDs and Caddis that have things swinging in this NW Park area.  That and some good baetis (Blue Wing Olives)  Although from what we've encountered, the fish seem to be kind of skipping the little olive mayflies for the fat juicy yellow ones (PMDs).  Which is fine.  We like bigger yellow easy to see mayflies that sit on the water's surface for a looooonng time drying their wings before flying off anyway.

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly this weekend, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 43 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Park waters are closed until Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.  We'll be updating the report on the Park waterways once the season opens. 

Feel free to call us at the fly shop any time for information about fishing in the Park, or elsewhere in SW Montana