Although beginning to warm up, the Firehole River offers the best fishing in the park right now. Soft hackled patterns to simulate PMD and BWO emergers work well as do life cycle patterns for both. White miller patterns are another ” must have” item in that fly box. Also the smallish stonefly event in the canyon will offer wind-pushed big and golden stone adults into the river above, and you can bet the resident trout know what they are. With stormy weather predicted through most of the upcoming week, the Firehole River will be a great place to fish, but will also be well attended with fly-fishers. Consider giving Nez Perce Creek a try with above patterns, but be “bear aware” if you do.
Other places to consider right now in the Park including wading Lewis Lake shoreline to pitch streamers at cruising brown and juvenile lake trout. Some snow remains on the trail to the Lewis River channel above the lake, but if you can break through it to the meadow, the brown trout responding to streamer patterns there will offer great fishing. Fishing in the Lewis River meadow below the lake offers a chance at very large brown trout, but they are the most cautious of browns anywhere. Streamer patterns might offer the best choice in the Gibbon River below the falls and in Duck Creek. Again be very “bear aware” at any of these locations.
We have received 2020 Yellowstone Park fishing licenses and regulations. All Montana entrances to the Park open Monday, June 1st. This will make it easier to get to the Firehole River rather than going via the south entrance. The Firehole, being the usual early season Park hot spot, is likely to be well attended. But well placed BWO & caddis life cycle patterns, soft hackles (partridge & olive, partridge & amber) will bring action. Look for that action to improve if showers threaten.
With Montana relaxing visitor quarantine requirements on June 1st, it is likely that park entrances from Montana gateway communities will also open. This means, for example, that access to the Madison River drainage from West Yellowstone will be available rather than going from the south entrance via Jackson Hole. Look for the Firehole River to offer its good early season fishing with BWO and caddis activity providing action.
We will be a 2020 Yellowstone National Park fishing license vendor. Interruptions caused by dealing with the covid-19 virus has slowed the Park’s preparation and distribution of these licenses, but we expect having them with accompanying regulations soon. On arrival of these items, we will place notice of such here. The Park fishing season is scheduled to open this year on Saturday, May 23rd. However to date certain areas of the Park are currently closed including to fishing. If/when these areas open to fishing, we will post such on this web site.
For more information on Yellowstone Park’s upcoming happenings and plans, go to https://www.nps.gov/yel/index.htm.
Effective immediately, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are closed to all visitors until further notice. State highways and/or roads that transcend park/state boundaries and facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open. Both parks will cooperate on the implementation of the closures. The public will be notified when full operations will resume, and both parks will provide updates on respective websites and through social media channels.
View further details of this closure on the Yellowstone Park web site. Hopefully this restriction will be lifted in time for the usual opening of Park general fishing season on Memorial Day Weekend. We will keep watching the park web site for any such change, and if opening of fishing season is allowed, will post such on our web site.
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.
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.
Terrestrial insects are out of the scene as a trout food. The Firehole River offers the best top water fishing in the park, especially during unsettled weather when small BWOs emerge in good numbers. A few small BWOs may do the same on the Madison River, but the big attraction here are run-up browns and ‘bows from Hebgen Lake. That means presenting streamer patterns, whether they be large soft hackles (including those tied with marabou wound soft hackle style) or more traditional feather or deer hair wing versions. The other famed brown trout run (that in Gardner and Snake Rivers yet to peak) is that in the Lewis River system where good numbers of browns are now in the channel between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes, migrating to the river just below Lewis Lake, and moving in the river below the falls. This activity means presenting large streamer patterns through deeper holes, runs, or undercuts is the best way for encounters. It also means not disturbing redds, active or inactive, by any means. They hold the beginnings of our future brown trout population.