Fishing Reports

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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.

 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 20 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
All Park Waters are closed to fishing until Sat May 25, 2013!
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 38 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
All Park Waters are closed to fishing until Sat May 25, 2013!
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - October 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The next several days mark the last days that interior roads are Park are open for the year AND the YNP fishing season.  The fishing season wraps up Sunday Nov 4th.  And, Starting Monday Nov 5 at 8:00AM, roads will be shut down except for the North Entrance at Gardiner to the NE Entrance at Cooke City.  This road remains open year round.  Better get your Park fish-on right now! Anglers are finding good success in a number of locations now.  Highlights are likely to be the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison in the Park.  Followed by the Gardner river.   For the lake run browns that some are coming out of Hebgen, staying deep and under and indicator continues to be one of the best means for hooking up.  Stripping streamers or swinging oversize softhackle type flies is also catching on.


 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - October 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Park anglers are finding good success in a number of locations now.  Highlights are likely to be the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison in the Park.  Followed by the Gardner river and Slough/Lamar.  Fall baetis are on tap.  So are October Caddis in some areas.  Followed by midges as well.  With the downright cold weather we just experienced as well as the snow that has fallen in the Park, places like the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison are fishing well.  Lamar/Slough are definitely slowing way down.  And the Gardner is good as the fall browns are running in from the Yellowstone River there in Gardiner.  Likely means for catching fish are nymphing in the morning hours until the hatch gets going around midday.  Then switching to dries when you see heads showing.  For the lake run browns that some are starting to report on coming out of Hebgen, staying deep and under and indicator continues to be one of the best means for hooking up.  Stripping streamers or swinging oversize softhackle type flies is also catching on.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly fishing needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open M-Sat 8-5:00 & 8-4:00 on Sun. at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Not much else to report from last time.  Water levels are really getting low.  The air & water temps are definitely on the cool side as well.   There are good fish to be had. It's getting pretty technical from the standpoint that fish can see you from a longs ways off.  You need to be sneaky! Go slow be stealthy in your approach, positioning, and presentation! Terrestrials like ants, beetles, and crickets are still catching fish.  Don't neglect however that we are seeing more grey drakes, baetis, and caddis adding to the mix!   

Which location to go to?  NE Corner anglers are still plying their wares on Slough, Soda Butte, and the Lamar.  As for any of those locations- those willing to walk AWAY from the road may have a more meaningful experience....    Not a bad idea to cruise the Gibbon or even parts of the Fire Hole.  Waters there should be cooling off again! Had a report that during the cloudy day we had earlier in the week that there were good baetis on the Firehole and that fish were up eating. Also an excellent time to see Elk in Rut and bugling throughout the Park!  Regardless of where you angle- enjoy!


Flies du Jour:

JC Special
Nymen's DOA Callibaetis cripple in big sizes is a great Grey Drake!
CDC Green Paradrake
Bloom's Hi-vis Cricket
Royal Wulff
BWO Comparadun
Parachute Adams
Purple Haze
Elk hair caddis
Bloom's Caddis
Bloom's Para Flying Ant black, cinnamon
River God beetle
Red san juan worm
Morrish dirty bird
Crystal Serendipity
King prince


We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly fishing needs here at the shop,  Be SURE to stop by on your way!  We'll HAPPILY help you with where to go and how to do it.  Open M-Sat 8-5:00 & 8-4:00 on Sun. at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.