Fishing Reports

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 22nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
All clear is the word we have now for Park waters.  Soda Butte is clean.  Slough didnt color up.  The Lamar is not perfect, but it's trying and will be not far behind.  The Gardner is good.  And as we mentioned last, the NW quadrant is coming back on.  The Firehole report was that its weedy, but good fishing on dries.  Madison is seeing pretty decent fishing as well and a fair bit of pressure.  Folks thinking that the fall brown trout run is on may be a touch disappointed as there's a few browns "staging" but the main run isn't for a couple weeks yet.  Fishing remains consistently good on a gamut of terrestrial patterns.  You should really have a good assortment of hoppers, crickets, ants, and beetles to throw.  Some of these Park cutty's are getting pretty darn wiley!  One good drift and they come to inspect, don't throw again-- change it up!  Sometimes that's the only way to get 'em to eat.  With the clouds, we are starting to see a bit more in the way of bugs.  Granted, it's not a lingering hatch by any means but a few baetis, a few grey drakes, some psuedos.... makes for throwing an array of parachute mayfly patterns acceptable and fish will respond.



 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Uh Oh!  Heavy rains have the Soda Butte and Lamar systems fubar.  Lamar has jumped 5X it's most recent flows.  Muddy is putting it mildly!  Heard reports that the Grand Canyon on the Yellowstone is also tossing it's cookies.  Gardner is too. So, options have become a bit more limited..... Slough creek remains fishable.  Upper Gardner basin above Sheepeater may be worthy of checking.  And it's going to be on the way to the Gibbon as well as Firehole and Madison areas.  Not ideal as water temps are still up there in this quandrant, but that's where to head for clean (enough) water. Fishing remains consistently good on a gamut of terrestrial patterns.  You should really have a good assortment of hoppers, crickets, ants, and beetles to throw.  Some of these Park cutty's are getting pretty darn wiley!  One good drift and they come to inspect, don't throw again-- change it up!  Sometimes that's the only way to get 'em to eat.  With the clouds, we are starting to see a bit more in the way of bugs.  Granted, it's not a lingering hatch by any means but a few baetis, a few grey drakes, some psuedos.... makes for throwing an array of parachute mayfly patterns acceptable and fish will respond.



 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Clear everywhere and fishing good.  Late day T-storms that hit the Paradise Valley area did not have the same effect on the Park.  In fact, it's been rather nice on the rivers here.  A bit cooler.  And some clouds.  Park trout Likey!!  Fshing remains consistently good on a gamut of terrestrial patterns.  You should really have a good assortment of hoppers, crickets, ants, and beetles to throw.  Some of these Park cutty's are getting pretty darn wiley!  One good drift and they come to inspect, don't throw again-- change it up!  Sometimes that's the only way to get 'em to eat.  With the clouds, we are starting to see a bit more in the way of bugs.  Granted, it's not a lingering hatch by any means but a few baetis, a few grey drakes, some psuedos.... makes for throwing an array of parachute mayfly patterns acceptable and fish will respond.



 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 23rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
PM T-storms have been hitting the area pretty regularly the past couple days and the pattern looks to continue for a bit.  It's hard to judge everyday, but there's been mud on the Gardner as well as Lamar, Soda Butte, and on the Yellowstone around Tower as well as Grand Canyon of the Stone.  That being said, yes there's fishable water in places.  There's also a bunch of peeps looking for said places.  Latest is that the Gardner is off.  Lamar is OK for now.  Slough OK.  Stone OK.  But check first as that can change.

When you do find good clean water, the name of the game is terrestrials.  Hoppers, crickets, ants, beetles are all must have in the arsenal from here out till the frosts kill 'em all off! 

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
If you want to see the best Hoppers around ,it's here in the lamar valley
you can't walk toward the river with out kicking up hundreds of the little guys and you know what that means the fish are looking for an easy meal.
That being said stop by the shop, we have lots of small to medium hoppers that will you do the trick on these YNP Cutty's!
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - August 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
All systems go.  Not a bit of muddy water to report on at all.  And that's a good thing!  Course having said that now, watch and we'll get a good T-storm to roll through..... Gardner- all good, maybe just a tinge around the 45th Parallel still coming from the G.  Next, the Yelly in the Park is all good.  Slough, check, good.  Lamar? Yup, good.  So now that we've disclosed the kinda where to go parts, what's happening?

August + Sunny dry weather = ?? C'mon, throw it out..... Well, yes, of course: Hoppers, ants, beetles are the gig.   And really, from here till Sept be the driving factors. Throw some Spruce Moths in there for a mix, too.  Watch for the fishing to continue to be good to oustanding.  Water is getting low.  And fish are definitely "pooling up" in certain areas, but water temps have been good and fish are very much "looking up" for a well presented fly.

Feel free to stop by the shop for updates as well as licenses, gear, and a great Park fly selection.  We are open 7 days a week.