Current weather makes traveling over back country roads to some of our small streams downright dangerous because of blowing, drifting snow and wind chill. Consider checking with county road maintenance operations before going to such as the Blackfoot River drainage or the Teton River drainage.
Flows are dropping making either walk-in wade or fishing through boating practical. Migrating browns are the big attraction and respond to well placed streamer patterns whether presented through boating or wading. Consider that there are more brown trout in the main stem from American Falls Reservoir upstream than in the South Fork and the lower Henry’s Fork.
Winter has arrived meaning accessing certain waters is no longer available. To see which roads are closed o the the Yellowstone Park web site and look for road closures. Sunday, November 3rd is the last day for the 2019 park fishing season.
Weather like we are having today may be difficult with the snow, wind, and falling air temperatures, but it is almost perfect for success through pitching streamer patterns for migrating browns. This applies to anywhere on the river below lower Mesa Falls to the South Fork confluence. Dress accordingly!
Flow out of Palisades Dam has been steady at around 2100 cfs for week. Further reductions in flow are coming as the Palisades Reservoir water storage season is upon us. Look for winter to increasingly impede your comfort as you fish on the surface for fish attracted to BWO activity or pitch streamers to those aggressive migrating browns.
Springfield Reservoir is offering good fishing for those presenting midge patterns under an indicator once the taking depth is found. Small black or purple leeches presented on intermediate lines also produce action. Daniels Reservoir is also producing through using the same tactics, but watch the weather before going there via the Dairy Creek Road. Crystal Springs Pond will be stocked with hatchery catchable rainbow trout next week.
Winter has arrived in the park. Snow is on the ground in most places, and daytime temperatures at or below freezing are the norm. The brown trout runs continue in the upper Lewis River, Madison River ( accompanied by rainbows), lower Gardner River and Snake River at the south entrance. There is not much time left to enjoy these events because fishing season here closes after Sunday, November 3rd.
Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped from 2300 cfs to 1750 cfs last night. In our last South Fork fishing report (10-15-19) we reported on a dangerous lower river sweeper, which has since been removed. With this drop of near 500 cfs at this low flow, look for more boating hazards to emerge, fish to be more concentrated in deeper water and further opportunities for walk-in wade fishing.