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Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Very good reports coming from the NE corner of the Park now.  Slough, Lamar, Soda Butte, as well as the Yellowstone River in the Park and the Gardner River areas are fishing quite well.  The Yellowstone River around Tower has the big bugs - salmonflies and goldenstones right now.  Cutty's are looking for them once the day starts to warm up a bit.  Water on the river is cold in the AM and the stoneflies take a little encouragement from the sun to get flying.  Over on the Lamar/Soda Butte/Slough areas fish are looking for a smattering of different things.  Slough Crk and the Lamar are seeing some Green drakes starting as well as PMDs and Caddis.  On Soda Butte the water is a little colder and it's been PMDs as well as caddis so far.  That said, if you get there in the AM before you see any hatches starting, it never hurts to fish any of these blind with a sizable dry fly you can see and a red san juan as a dropper...


We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging 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 7 days a week 8-6:00 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is good to great in many places.  The focus has most definitely turned to the NE corner closest to us over the NW corner by West Yellowstone.  The Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison are all running quite warm due to the thermal activity in this area of the Park.  This is nothing new at all, just the normal summertime gig.  So, the focus now is on Slough, Lamar, Soda Butte, as well as the Yellowstone River in the Park and the Gardner River areas for fishing.  There are a ton of little backcountry creeks and tribs to these aforementioned rivers and some very good lakes that could be added to the list as well. 

Reports we have that just came in are that the fishing on Slough Creek is picking up although not red hot just yet.  The Lamar is clean and in really good shape, just a bit high yet to have well defined trout holding spots.  They're there and willing to eat, it's just hard to read the water to some degree.  And Soda Butte is turning on.  A bit high yet for classic summer fishing and running cold, Soda Butte will be getting better.  On the Yellowstone in the Park and on the Gardner, reports are that the salmonflies and goldenstones are coming off and that fish are looking for the big dries.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging 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 7 days a week 8-6:00 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is really starting to spread out now.  Pretty much most waters that anglers traditionally come to the Park to fish are good. 
So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things slowing down in the NW Park area.  However, the NE corner is coming on quickly and things are starting to fish very well.  The Firehole has been seeing water temps spiking upwards with the hot dry weather we are experiencing.  Time to look elsewhere.  In the area though, the Little Firehole is running quite cool.  It doesn't get the thermal influence and fish will migrate to this creek and other tribs that remain cool.  Hence the Madison in the Park is getting too warm as well.  On the other hand, Soda Butte has been picking up and fishing quite well.n  As is Slough Creek.  Flows are still up a bit, but definitely good.  The Lamar is very close to coming on, flows here need to drop just a bit more to be good.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging 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 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Park fishing is really starting to spread out now.  Pretty much most waters that anglers traditionally come to the Park to fish are good. 
So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things slowing down in the NW Park area.  However, the NE corner is coming on quickly and things are starting to fish very well.  The Firehole has been seeing water temps spiking upwards with the hot dry weather we are experiencing.  Time to look elsewhere.  In the area though, the Little Firehole is running quite cool.  It doesn't get the thermal influence and fish will migrate to this creek and other tribs that remain cool.  Hence the Madison in the Park is getting too warm as well.  On the other hand, Soda Butte has been picking up and fishing quite well.n  As is Slough Creek.  Flows are still up a bit, but definitely good.  The Lamar is very close to coming on, flows here need to drop just a bit more to be good.

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging 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 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent water conditions as well as weather in the Park lend itself to one of the HOT choices for fly-flinging in the region right now.  Not everything is "go forth and conquer" as there are sections in the Park that are still very much in full runoff mode.  But, there what is in shape has it in spades.

Firehole River:  Still a good choice although getting warm. 
Gibbon River, river wide.  Meadows are sweet
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone:Not Bad, but warming
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Give the Lamar a week to slow down.  Slough has to be close.  Word is though that Soda Butte has started!


So, what's going on?  Transition Time in the Park!  PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things swinging in the NW Park area.  The NE corner is coming on quickly and things could get really interesting quite soon!

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....Hey, cows not condos!

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging 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 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.
 
Yellowstone National Park Rivers - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent water conditions as well as weather in the Park lend itself to one of the HOT choices for fly-flinging in the region right now.  Not everything is "go forth and conquer" as there are sections in the Park that are still very much in full runoff mode.  But, there what is in shape has it in spades.

Firehole River:  Yep!  Quite good. 
Gibbon River, especiall below the Falls: ditto
Madison in the Park to West Yellowstone: how'd you guess?
Lamar, Slough Creek, Yellowstone in the Park:  Mmmm, maybe not so much.

Get the idea?  Northwest side of the Park= the goods.  Northeast corner, southern side- better wait just a few more weeks.

So, what's going on?  Salmonflies are actually done on the Firehole/Maddy. PMDs and Caddis are the primary hatches that have things swinging in this NW Park area.  That and some good baetis (Blue Wing Olives)  Although from what we've encountered, the fish seem to be kind of skipping the little olive mayflies for the fat juicy yellow ones (PMDs).  Which is fine.  We like bigger yellow easy to see mayflies that sit on the water's surface for a looooonng time drying their wings before flying off anyway.

So, if it was me and I was looking for a place to fling a dry fly, the Park is most likely EXACTLY where I would be going.  Fish are willing and very happy to oblige a well drifted dry fly.  Are you willing to walk?  Even just a little bit?  You'll likely have all the places you want almost to yourself.  You may have to share with a few elk or bison.....Hey, cows not condos!

We have an excellent selection of Park Waters flies as well as licenses, Non-toxic shot and all other fly flinging 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 7 days a week 8-5:30 at the flashing yellow light, Emigrant, MT- The HEART of  Paradise Valley.