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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park Fishing 7/3/14
The sun is out, the Lamar Valley rivers are clearing up, and salmonflies are out on the Gardner river! Fishing the pocket water section of the lower Gardner with big dries has made for some all day excitement and green drake hatches on cooler days add to the fun. Focus on any water that is moving just a bit slower than the main current as even the big fish will sneak into the smallest pockets.

Slough Creek, the Lamar River, and the Soda Butte are running a bit high and are still stained but starting to fish well. We are still a week away from red-hot fishing but for those passing through the area and looking to get a line wet, look to the Lamar Valley for some fishing. Small parachute flies are the ticket up on Slough Creek and yellow sallies, green drakes, stoneflies, and smaller terrestrials will make up the fish-fare elsewhere.

The thermally influenced Madison Drainage has reached water temperatures unsuitable for great trout fishing. Best to skip over the Firehole and Madison in the park in favor of parts elsewhere or focus on smaller, cooler running tributaries such as Nez Perce creek. The Upper Gibbon around Norris Junction will continue to fish well but otherwise the swimming and sightseeing will be better than the fishing in the Madison drainage.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz Adamas sz 14-18
Gunnison Green Drake sz 12-14
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:
Cooler temps has meant a larger window of oppurtunity to fish the hydrothermal-western half of Yellowstone National Park and while river temperatures are on the rise, the fishing remains good in the entire Madison drainage. The Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison proper are all fishing well with consistent hatches of PMDs and Caddisflies. Fishing the faster moving water has been the best strategy and the dry-fly fishing remains great. The cooler flowing tributaries are starting to fill up with fish so consider poking around some of these creeks if you're headed that way.

The Gardner river has been fishing well and provided a great, closer-to-home option. Nymphing with larger stonefly imitations along inside seams and in the pocket water is a good strategy.

The Gallatin river in the park is also fishing well. The water clarity is improving by the day but the fish don't seem to mind the milky flows. Nymphing with stoneflies, caddisflies, and attractors has made for some stellar days.

Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Madison doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. The heavy-high elevation snowpack has kept the Lamar, Sodabutte, Slough Creek, and other tributaries high and dirty and they will remain so for another few weeks.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

Yellowstone National Park continues to be one of, if not the, best fly-fishing locales for an angler in the greater Yellowstone area. The Gibbon river, the Madison river, the Firehole river, the Gardener river, the Gallatin River, and a large number of smaller streams and lakes are all running clear, hosting large hatches, and filled with willing trout. The western half of Yellowstone National Park is the major hydrothermal zone which means the rivers run clear early but heat up quick; right now we are in the window of cold, clear water that can make for some special days. Both PMD and Caddis hatches have been daily occurances with spinner falls in the AM followed by emergences throughout the day. Trout have been willingly eating dry flies and swinging softhackled emergers in the riffles has been an excellent method for catching trout. With the colder weather and grey skies we've also had some reports of excellent streamer fishing throughout the Madison and its tributaries.

The Gardner River has fallen into shape and provided some red-hot fishing early in the week for those who were able to get on it early. We expect the warmer weather forecasted for this upcoming week may raise flows and blowout the river for a few days but the Gardner will continue to provide an excellent, local, option for the Paradise Valley fly-fisherman in the upcoming weeks.

The Gallatin river south of Big Sky has also gotten really fishy this past week with reports of lots of willing fish taken mostly on nymph-indicator rigs. The colder weather has likely delayed the salmonfly hatch a bit, but we expect good big bug fishing in the not-too-distant future.



Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Firehole doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. Two-foot visibility despite high-flows has made for some good fishing, but tricky wading. If rock-hopping and hiking are on your itinerary then stop by the Gardner River.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Weather:
Warm daytime temperatures with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack. The Firehole is about ready to wet-wade but cooler mornings have kept us in waders.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

If you are in the greater Yellowstone area and looking for some really great fishing drop everything and head down to Yellowstone National Park now to spend a day, or a week, taking part in some fantastic fishing. PMD and Caddis hatches are abundant which has meant great dry fly action on the Firehole and Madison when the weather plays along. Swinging soft hackles in the riffles continues to remain an effective technique. In need of a quick salmonfly fix? Head to the Firehole Canyon for the potential of hitting the salmonflies.

The Gibbon has taken a little bit longer to get going than the Firehole and Madison Rivers but is getting into shape and reports from below the falls have been very good. As the snow continues to melt in the high country the water temps on the upper reaches will rise and the fishing will improve.

Hold off on heading to the Lamar Valley for now if trout fishing is what brings you to the park. The wildlife and other attractions are there and provide ample to enjoy, but the rivers continue to run high and dirty. If making the drive down to the Firehole doesn't fit into your plans, stop off at Mammoth Hot Springs and make some casts in the Gardner River. Two-foot visibility despite high-flows has made for some good fishing -but tricky wading. If rock-hopping and hiking are on your itinerary then stop by the Gardner River.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Weather:
Warm daytime temperatures with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack. The Firehole is about ready to wet-wade but cooler mornings have kept us in waders.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 5th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Yellowstone National Park Fishing:

The Firehole River is the place to be right now. Flows are stablizing, water temperature is getting just right, and the plentiful bug activity has made for some great days of fishing. There have been strong White Miller caddis hatches, improving PMD fishing, and salmonflies starting to appear in the canyon. This next week we are expecting the salmonflies to go off, but the stonefly nymphing will be a great bet before the adults emerge. Above the canyon fishing the riffles and cut-banks has been the most productive with caddis and PMD dry flies, nymphs, and soft-hackles all taking their fair share of fish.

The Gibbon and Madison Rivers are taking a little longer to clear up but are looking better by the day. In the next two weeks look to both as great options if you are in the area. Similar to the Firehole river Caddis hatches will be strong with PMDs picking up. Fishing stoneflies below Gibbon Falls and throughout the Madison will provide action in between hatches.

The ice has started to break up on Yellowstone Lake, but the rivers in the northeast corner of the Park continue to run high and push mud, remaining unfishable. Trout lake provides a good option if you find yourself in the Lamar Valley, but otherwise stay west and enjoy the great fishing to be had. We will keep you updated on changing conditions.

Recommended Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis sz 14-18
X-2 Caddis sz 16-18
Goddard Caddis sz 14-18
Translucent Caddis sz 14-18
Sparkle Pupa sz 14-18
Mangy Caddis sz 14-18
Tilt Wing PMD sz 16-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 16-18
Kinsey's HiViz PMD sz 16-18
DD Cripple sz 16-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Split case PMD sz 16-18
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Pheasant Softhackle sz 14-18
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Chubby Pteronarcys sz 6-10
Pats Rubber Legs sz 6-10
Tungsten Golden Stone sz 8-12
20 Incher Stone sz 8-12
Wooly Buggers sz 6-12
Slumpbusters sz 6-10

Weather:
Warm daytime temperatures with sporatic afternoon showers. Think sunscreen but also keep a rain jacket in the pack. The Firehole is about ready to wet-wade but cooler mornings have kept us in waders.

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - May 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Yellowstone National Park is open to Fishing!

Yellowstone Park opened this past weekend for the season and is a great option to fish right now. The western half of the park, namely the Firehole River, the Gibbon, and the Madison River, is where you will want to focus your fly fishing efforts. The rivers are high and clear so look to getting your flies deeper along cut banks and keep your eyes peeled for rising fish taking Caddisflies and PMD Mayflies. This is a great time of the year to get out and explore the park; lighter crowds and active wildlife can make for special days.

And don't forget, de-barb your hooks and use non-lead split shot!

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 14-18
Copper Haze sz 14-18
Purple Haze Cripple sz 14-16
Royal Trude sz 14-16
Copper John Soft Hackle sz 14-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
Prince Nymph sz 12-18

Weather:
Looking forward expect warm temps with some afternoon showers. Don't forget sunblock or a rain coat!

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.