Fishing Reports

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 31st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cooling temps and PC to cloudy skies are a boon to Park fishing.  However, PM thunderstorms with hail, rain, and big winds are not.  Been seeing a few of these lately!  At last report, the Gardner is throwing mud and is pretty well unfish friendly from the 45th Parallel downstream to the Yellowstone.  Some color above, and that's coming from Lava Crk.  Above Lava- all good.  Next, the Yelly in the Park is all good.  Slough, check, good.  Lamar? Uncheck.  Mud at Lamar/Soda Butte junction this AM around 10 or so from a guide report.  So we will be seeing some Lamar mud in the Yellowstone below Tower roughly tomorrow PM.  

So what's going on out there on the places you can fish?  Look for yellow sallies ( a few, kinda wrapping up),  PMDs, as well as caddis to be around and fish will still respond to them.  Hoppers, ants, beetles are also becoming evident and of importance.  And really, from here till Sept be the driving factors. Watch for the fishing to continue to be oustanding- and as long as we have weather to drive moisture this way, the ever possible mud plug.  Just remember, it's not the end of the world, and yes, there's somewhere else that has good to great fishing opportunities.  Be mobile, be willing to try something new and different!

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 27th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
In the Park, the NE corner remains king.  Lamar, Soda Butte, Slough Creek, and the Yellowstone in the Park compromise the majority of the fishing interest.  Reports are that the Lamar & Soda Butte have been good to great. Slough creek has also been very solid.  The Gardner, Lava Creek, upper Gardner's Hole, the small creeks around that area have all been a lot of fun.  Look for yellow sallies,  PMDs, as well as caddis to be mainstay.  Hoppers, ants, beetles are also becoming evident and of importance.  The deerflies and buffalo gnats are out and on some days can drive you nuts so absoultely be sure to bring your bug dope!  And your bear spray...... Watch for the fishing to continue to be oustanding- and hope that the predicted cooling off actually happens.  Some clouds and temps in the 70s?  We'll take it!

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 21st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Park fishing continues to be very good on a lot of different waterways.  Now that the mud has subsided again on the Soda Butte and downstream on the Lamar (last event 2 days ago was due to the Butte- not the Lamar mainstem which is a bit of a reversal) things have been picking back up again and are quite good.  Slough creek has also been very solid.  The Gardner, Lava Creek, upper Gardner's Hole, the small creeks around that area have all been a lot of fun.  Look for yellow sallies, some drakes, PMDs, as well as caddis to be mainstay.  Hoppers, ants, beetles are also becoming evident and of importance.  What's also started (and will drive you crazy!) are the deerflies and buffalo gnats so absoultely be sure to bring your bug dope!  And your bear spray...... Watch for the fishing to continue to be oustanding- even with an occasional PM thunderstorm that may or may not make the Lamar/Soda Butte/Gardner regions muddy up again.  Only temporary....

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Happy 4th of July!  Celebrate by getting your fish fix on in the First National Park!  Fishing in the NE corner locations has really turned on in a big way.  The Lamar,Soda Butte, and Slough Creek reports have been progressively getting better.  As has the Gardner.  Let's start there: the Salmonfly hatch is most definitely on the Gardner in the Park area from the confluence with the Yelly upstream is picking up and fishing well from the reports we have gotten.  Next, the Yellowstone in the Black Canyon area is full on salmonfly extravaganza as well.  Now is the time if you want to be in a really cool place to experience salmonflies- you should do the Black Canyon!  Up river, bet are good that the bugs will be around Tower very shortly.  Moving on, we've had very good reports from Slough, Lamar, and Soda Butte.  Drakes have started as well as goldendstones, sallies, caddis and PMDs.  So just like outside the Park, its a full blown smorgasborg here too.  What's also started (and will drive you crazy!) are the deerflies and buffalo gnats so absoultely be sure to bring your bug dope!

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Getting solid reports from the Park.  Area waters that have turned on are the NE corner locations.  The Lamar to some extent, but Soda Butte and Slough Creek reports have been progressively getting better.  The fishing is going to be a bit more concentrated on subsurface rather than dry fly fishing as the hatches are just getting going.  Think stonefly nymphs, attractor nymphs, caddis, and streamers to start.  Should start seeing caddis as well as a few mayflies soon enough.  Salmonfly hatch and other stoneflies in the Park does occur in the NE area and is on tap for another 10 days out is our guess.  It'll be on the Gardner as well as the Yellowstone rivers.  Both of which are fishing decently well now.  Gardner in the Park area from the confluence with the Yelly upstream is picking up and fishing well.  Again, stonefly nymphs are good bets.  Dries: think bushy medium sized caddis patterns as a go-to.  Yellowstone in the Black Canyon area while we haven't had actual hands on reports, should be good in advance of the salmonfly hatch and from the caddis we've seen downriver, it's a good bet that's getting cranked up here as well.

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park waters are fishing quite well right now.  Areas of "hotness" may be shifting as the week progresses.  NW corner that has been the mainstay could see a change while areas that have been experiencing spring runoff may start to really come into shape and start fishing well.   Classi Park water on the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon are still great bets, however, as the daytime temps start to creep into the high 70s and 80s in the Park, these water ARE thermally influenced and already on the warmer side of things.  Bright sunny days and warm temps are going to see these fisheries shifting from a PM time of awesomeness to AM more and more.  PMDs will continue.  LATE PM caddis (last hour of light) will be really good too.  But, areas like the Gardner as well as upper Gallatin, Slough, and possibly the Lamar are all going to start coming into their own.  Ooops, didn't mean to forget Soda Butte, it too will start to fish.  Water flows on the Lamar have been dropping and are actually a touch on the low side of things for mid-June.  Expect things to be a litte earlier than thought of.....

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