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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.

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Park is currently closing to fishing.  It re-opens the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  Although closed to angling, the sight seeing can be fantastic this time of year.  Bears are starting to come out of hibernation and can be seen in good numbers in the spring.  That, along with all of the other wildlife in the park can make for a great day.  You can end the day with a soak in the Boiling River on your way out of the Park.  Better than being inside...
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - April 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Park is currently closing to fishing.  It re-opens the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  Although closed to angling, the sight seeing can be fantastic this time of year.  Bears are starting to come out of hibernation and can be seen in good numbers in the spring.  That, along with all of the other wildlife in the park can make for a great day.  You can end the day with a soak in the Boiling River on your way out of the Park.  Better than being inside...
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - April 24th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Park is currently closing to fishing.  It re-opens the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  Although closed to angling, the sight seeing can be fantastic this time of year.  Bears are starting to come out of hibernation and can be seen in good numbers in the spring.  That, along with all of the other wildlife in the park can make for a great day.  You can end the day with a soak in the Boiling River on your way out of the Park.  Better than being inside...