Fishing Reports

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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!

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.
 
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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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Sunny weather back on tap and looking to stick around for at least a couple more days.  Good to great conditions will bring PMDs daily to the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison.  Followed by caddis.  These 2 species (general) are bringing fish to the surface when bugs are present on the water.   Upper Firehole is seeing things kicking off mid-AM and depending upon clouds and/or rain, kind of rolling from there through the day.  Afternoon hours on the Maddy steadily intensifies through the evening hours with the caddis.  Gibbon is seeing a smattering of PMDs, caddis, as well.

Other areas of consideration: the Gardner river is in prime, clean shape.  Running a bit high and fast, the pocket water is your best bets. Dry fly reports are spotty.  Nymph rigs under an indy are producing however.  With the sun and heat returning, the Lamar is spiking upwards again.  The window of decent fishing here is likely gone for a bit.  Have not had direct contact with any Slough reports so can't say much there.  Obsidian creek, Indian Creek and the way upper Gardner are in good shape.  So, again, with the sun/warmth- shift if going to head back toward N-NW side of the Park areas.  NE corner is going to return to runoff.

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.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - May 24th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Cool, wet, and rainy weather continuing to keep fishing conditions in the good to great range! What you might expect:  Firehole, Gibbon, Madison in the Park.  PMDs are coming on pretty strong.  Followed by caddis.  Slammin Sammy's (salmonflies) are in the Firehole Canyon as are goldenstones.  And reports have been that fish are on them.  Upper Firehole is seeing things kicking off mid-AM and depending upon clouds and/or rain, kind of rolling from there through the day.  Afternoon hours on the Maddy steadily intensifies through the evening hours with the caddis.  Gibbon is seeing a smattering of PMDs, caddis, as well.

Other areas of consideration: with the cooler weather, theres a decent chance that the Soda Butte may be fishable.  Not so sure on the Lamar, but it's a maybe.  The Stone in Paradise Valley is right on that edge, so why not the Lamar?  Gardener river is another to check too.

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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - May 24th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Opening Day is tomorrow!  We are excited to be kicking off yet another fishing season in the Park.  It looks to be a great start.  Yes, it's been wet around here.  Has it been snowing in the Park, ummm, yeah.  But- looking like the sun is coming out and good conditions through the next several days.

What you might expect:  Firehole, Gibbon, Madison in the Park.  Peeps.  Yes, there is always a contingency of Park Afficionados who love to be here opening weekend!  That said, there's space for all.  Baetis should be in prime action.  Followed by possibility of caddis.  Chances are that nymphing will reign top dog to start, but by mid afternoon the hatch will be coming on and either swung flies or dries will pick up where the nymphing started.

Other areas of consideration: with the cooler weather, theres a decent chance that the Soda Butte may be fishable.  Not so sure on the Lamar, but it's a maybe.  The Stone in Paradise Valley is right on that edge, so why not the Lamar?  Gardener river is another to check too.

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.