Fishing Reports

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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
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° 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
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Park waters are closed until Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  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
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Feels like? Fall-   Maybe, just maybe this could be the beginning of 'normal' fall like weather for us.  In the Park, it sounds like a bit of a broken record, but  the Northeast corner of the park still reigns tops for consistent fishing opportunities. Things are changing, however, with the cooler weather, places like the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison in the Park are going to start to pick up again.  Water temps will be cooling off and fish becoming more active.  Still hard to go wrong though with one of the Top 3: Lamar, Soda Butte or Slough Creek. And as we've said it all season so far-  the Park is a very popular place to fish -lots of dudes (& dudettes) are out there wanting to be out on the water.  Go early and have good hiking shoes if you absolutely have to be by yourself.  Don't mind a few peeps around?  Have at it at any of the well distinguished (read crowded) pull-outs.

Firehole- water temps beginning to shape up(by that we mean down...) and fishing is starting to become respectable again.  Look for caddis and baetis mayfly patterns as well as terrestrials to be your go-to choices.

Gibbon river- Haven't actually had a report back on the Gibbon specific, but since the Firehole is cooling and fishing pretty well, it stands to reason that the Gibbon is as well.  Perhaps in addition to terrrestrial bugs, maybe some fall drakes are beginning to show...

Madison in the Park-  Did get a report back that the Maddy is OK.  Quite a few peeps out trying, but there's not much in the way of Lake Run fish coming in just yet.  Still a ways away for the bad boys of fall.  

Upper Gardner river- fishing well on all acounts.  Great brook trout fishing on small dry flies.  Keep it simple here! Classic patterns like parachute adams, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis all are working. It's not that tough.  Going under?  Hare's Ear, PT, prince are about all you need.  Keep an eye out for bears- pretty good concentration of griz in the area.  You should have bear spray and not be fishing alone.  Make a ruckus as you hike in and let the bears know you are around.

Gardner river-  Happy fishermen along the Gardner river from Lava Crk to its entrance into the Yellowstone river mainstem. Goldenstones, caddis, and terrestrials are what to toss.  Hopper/dropper rigs or anything resembling your favorite dry followed by a BH nymph of choice will get the job done.

Lamar river-  Dry fly fishing reigning supreme.  When doesn't it?  Why would you fish by other means here?  Fishing pressure still (& likely always will be-) concentrated at the easiest of pullouts up and down the valley.  Want relative peace and quiet?  Start Hiking!  Drakes,   Mr Terrestrial - that's Hopper to you-OK and Mr. Ant or Ms. Beetle is what to have on the end of your tippet.Look for Mstr Baetis to be in the mix as well.

Soda Butte Creek- See Lamar....

Slough Creek-  Did we say tough? Lots of folks love this place and the fish are not dumb.  Don't hesitate to go small (itty-bitty!) on flies or your tippet.  If you like a challenge, sight casting to rising fish is a blast and Slough Creek Cuttys are one of the epitomies of 'gettin it done' in the Park.

Stop by the shop on your way to the Park for licenses, flies, and gear.  Or feel free to call for up-to-the-minute reports 406-333-4401.